Updated CHS Field Design Renderings Released

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – As demolition of the former Diamond Products building nears completion, the CHS Field project team today released updated design renderings that show how the new ballpark will integrate with the surrounding neighborhood.

“The CHS Field is a catalytic project will bring additional vitality to the already booming Lowertown neighborhood.  I couldn’t be more pleased with today’s design.  It complements Lowertown’s natural beauty and brings in a new, important perspective,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.  “The CHS Field builds on the excitement that is growing in the neighborhood including the completion of the 6th Street sidewalk expansion project.”

Designed by the Twin Cities-based design-builder Ryan Companies’ team of Ryan A&E,  Julie Snow Architects, and AECOM, the new ballpark incorporates elements of Lowertown’s historic architecture – blackened steel, timber, and load-bearing masonry – in a setting that has a more innovative approach to become a new connection for the eastern edge of downtown Saint Paul.  The playing field and entire seating bowl will be located below street level, reducing the overall visual impact of the ballpark on the neighborhood while enhancing entry plaza connections and accessibility.

“This project is about more than just designing a new ballpark; it’s also about creating a new connection and gathering place for an important historic neighborhood,” said Julie Snow, president of Julie Snow Architects, the project’s design architect.  “Not only will this be a great place for baseball, it will connect trails and new public space with the arts community in a building that is open, yet still feels like it is part of the community.”

The updated designs were created with input and feedback from the CHS Field Design and Construction Committee (LBDCC).  The majority of LBDCC members support the design.  The design team has also been working with the State Historic Preservation Office on the ballpark’s design and will submit more refined plans later this month.

Renderings are available to download on the CHS Field website.

Demolition of Diamond Products building nears completion

Demolition of the Diamond Products building will be completed on Friday, December 6.  Approximately 90% of the material from the Diamond Products building will be recycled, including more than 600 tons of steel and 55,000 tons of concrete.  About 15,000 tons of concrete from the Diamond Products building will be used temporarily to support the north foundation wall until 5th Street is demolished and excavated down to the playing field subgrade.  At that point the concrete will be crushed and used as a surcharge over the existing slab on grade.  Next spring the crushed concrete will be used as part of a geo-grid system that will be installed over the entire playing field area.

Workers have also begun the process of remediating contaminated soil on the east side of the site.  The next steps to prepare the site for construction include relocating utilities, such as the sanitary sewer and water main.  After relocating the utilities, crews will begin grading the site.  Site preparation work should be completed in three to four months, depending on the weather.

Construction of the ballpark will begin in spring 2014.  Opening day is on schedule for spring 2015.

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