Due to construction, the eastern most northbound lane on Broadway Avenue from 5th Street-6th Street will be closed from March 24-April 25. Parking meters on the west side of Broadway will also be closed. Drivers will still be able to access the entrance ramp to 94E.
The affected area is highlighted in red on the map below.
Due to the extremely cold weather over the past couple of months, crews will be working at the Lowertown Ballpark construction site the next two Saturdays, March 1 and March 8. Saturday work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.
Vote now for your favorite public art piece for the Lowertown Ballpark. To cast your ballot, simply click on the link below to be taken to the voting page.
Learn more about the public art concepts/designs (large file may take a moment to download)
Learn more about Futures North, a collaborative design and build team of Twin Cities artists,who developed the two concepts/designs for the Lowertown Ballpark.
Public art concepts (scroll down to view both options)
Option 1 – Field Condition
Field Condition is a dynamic, interactive public art piece for Lowertown Ballpark’s West Plaza. It is a wall-mounted sculpture, consisting of 735 cut aluminum baseball bats. LED lights are embedded on the end of each bat and create an interactive field of pixels on which animations are projected. In the months leading up to the construction of the piece, the design team, Futures North, will host Batting Practice! across the state of Minnesota in order to digitally collect three dimensional swing patterns of
baseball and softball players from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and locations. This data will be used as inspiration for both the design of the sculpture and the animations projected by it.
Field Condition Animation
Learn more about Field Condition
Option 2 – Meander
Meander is a dynamic, interactive public art piece for Lowertown Ballpark’s West Plaza. Comprised of 28 sculptural objects and it is inspired by the Upper Mississippi River’s shape, bathymetry, and 28 locks along its course from Saint Anthony Falls, Minnesota, to St. Louis, Missouri. Each section is artistically fabricated out of cast glass and masonry — made from silica and lime harvested from the Mississippi River Valley which have been crucial to the industrial history of Saint Paul. The glass cap of each piece contains an embedded LED light, which illustrates the changing water conditions of the river and organically reacts to viewers’ presence.
Learn more about Meander
From Thursday, February 6, through Thursday, February 13, the northbound lane of Broadway Avenue will be closed so crews cut and cap an existing water line. Drivers will still be able to access 94 via Broadway from 5th Street during this closure.
The affected area is highlighted in red on the map below.
Please join us, Futures North, the Lowertown Ballpark public art team, as
we meet and learn from the communities of St. Paul and beyond.
LISTENING SESSION: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 — Come meet us!
6-8pm at Jerome Hill Hall – 180 E. 5th St.
BATTING PRACTICE: **TENTATIVE DATE** January 25, 2014, 1-3pm
1500 Rice St, St Paul
Come hit balls with us at Rice & Arlington Batting Cages, and
talk about our ideas for the project. Check website for details.
More Details: http://lb-publicart.tumblr.com
Share Your Thoughts: email@example.com
We Are Futures North: http://www.futures-north.com
The Lowertown Ballpark project team released updated design renderings of the ballpark. Click on the image to view full size or to download the file.
From Wednesday, December 4, through Friday, December 6, the northbound lane of Broadway Avenue will be closed so crews can continue the demolition of the Diamond Products building. Drivers will still be able to access 94 via Broadway from 5th Street during this closure.
While the lane is closed, crews will be working longer hours to ensure the work gets completed on schedule. Crews are anticipated to work one to two additional hours per day.
A downloadable map of the closure can be found here here.
In this Lowertown Ballpark construction update video, we meet John Kim of the artist team Futures North, chosen to design public art at the ballpark. We also talk with Louis Jambois, to learn about the Saint Paul Port Authority’s involvement in the project.
Demolition of the Diamond Products building, which started in July, is nearly complete. While crews finish removing demolition debris, utility re-routing and grading work will continue through late January.
Veit Companies was been hired as the earthwork/utility subcontractor for the ballpark project. Workers are beginning the process of remediating contaminated soil on the east side of the site. This will allow Veit’s utility crew to start working on the sanitary sewer – the deepest utility. About two weeks after the sanitary sewer installation starts, the water main – the shallowest utility – will be installed. After about a month, the utilities in 5th Street will have been relocated. Then 5th Street can be removed and cut down to the seating bowl and playing field subgrade elevation. This will allow for continued soil remediation and correction across the site north of the former Diamond Products building footprint. The overall duration for mass grading and utility relocation is three to four months, depending on the weather.
The project is currently exceeding business inclusion goals, which seek to ensure that there is a diverse team working on ballpark construction.
The Saint Paul Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to help people learn more about jobs that will be available during the Lowertown Ballpark construction process.
Construction of the ballpark is scheduled to begin in mid-April.
The large crane that was used to de-construct the precast wall panels/roof/beams is now used to hoist a small backhoe up to the 3rd floor. The backhoe was used to remove remaining precast roof panels down to the 3rd floor, and to break the wall panels along John and 5th streets. The white carry deck crane was also hoisted up to the 3rd floor and was used to remove precast panels adjacent to the OMF facility.
Taken from the top of nearby building, this picture shows the amount of roof demolition through late July. Note the extents of the roof that has been removed, and the remaining amount (white area) still to be removed. Also of note is the view of the Lafayette bridge replacement project and the view of the Bruce Vento nature preserve in the background.
In early September the entire roof structure had been removed and the precast columns were left standing. The small backhoe on the left side of the picture is being used to remove the concrete structure adjacent to the OMF facility to create separation
By mid-August most of the roof structure had been removed, as well as the precast panels on the north, south and east elevations. Columns inside the former Diamond Products building were painted different colors to help identify areas and departments within the building.
The result of this investigation concluded that there is nothing of historical significance buried under the parking lots north of 5th Street. Note the corner of an old basement foundation wall and more debris.
In early July Summit Envirosolutions was on site to conduct an historical archeological investigation at the location of former buildings that once occupied the parking lots north of 5th Street. Note the bricks, debris and rubble from the former building. These materials were pushed into the basement and then covered with backfill and asphalt to create the parking lot.
The City of Saint Paul, TRI-Construction, and Ryan Companies are hosting an event on Tuesday, November 19, to review and discuss the Lowertown Business Inclusion Plan goals and strategies for maximizing the participation of small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses. Business development organizations specializing in small, minority-owned, and women-owned business development are also encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, November 19
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phalen Park Golf Course
1615 Phalen Drive East
Saint Paul, MN 55106
For more information, or to RSVP, click here.