City of Saint Paul and Ryan Companies finalize contract for Lowertown Ballpark Construction

SAINT PAUL – The City of Saint Paul announced today it has executed a fixed sum contract for $43.8 million with Ryan Companies US, Inc., to finalize construction documents and pay for the work and materials needed to build the Lowertown Ballpark.  The fixed sum contract assures that the City will pay a set price for the agreed-upon scope of work.  Ryan Companies will now be responsible for any cost overruns.

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Lowertown Ballpark receives $748,100 Met Council grant

SAINT PAUL – The Metropolitan Council announced today that it has awarded a $748,100 Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) grant to the City of Saint Paul for the Lowertown Ballpark for environmental remediation efforts. The Met Council grant will fund environmental investigation; soil and groundwater remediation, including an impermeable infiltration barrier; and soil vapor mitigation.

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Statement from Ryan Companies

At approximately 8:00 a.m. today, an accident occurred at the site of the Lowertown Ballpark project in Saint Paul.  As heavy equipment operators were demolishing a building, a portion of the concrete structure supporting the building fell onto the cab of one of the backhoes involved in the demolition work.

This accident resulted in the death of Johnny Valek, a heavy equipment operator for Rachel Contracting, a subcontractor of Ryan Companies.

All of us at Ryan are deeply saddened, and our sympathies go out to family members and colleagues. We’re also working with the family and Johnny’s co-workers to offer grief counseling and support.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is well underway, and Ryan is cooperating fully with authorities. Ryan has one of the best construction safety records in the industry, and we take incidents like this very seriously.

Statement issued by:

Collin Barr, President, NorthCentral Region
Ryan Companies
50 South 10th Street
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Statement from the Saint Paul Saints

There is profound sadness in the St. Paul Saints organization today after learning about the passing of a worker at the Lowertown site.  At this time we want to send out our deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one in this tragic accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them and our entire community on this heartbreaking day.

Statement from Mayor Coleman

Today, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement following the fatal accident at the demolition of the Gillette Building in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood:

“My heart goes out to the family of the worker who was tragically killed during demolition of the Gillette Building in Lowertown earlier today,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “Construction work can be a dangerous job, and so today I am thankful to all the men and women in construction trades who day in and day out work to make our community a better place.”

Statement from the City of Saint Paul

The Saint Paul Fire Department was called at 8:10 a.m. this morning to a partial building collapse at Broadway Street and 5th Street. Part of the building collapse trapped a worker. When the fire department arrived, they confirmed a fatality.

OSHA is on the scene and has completed the investigation. Heavy equipment will be used to remove the debris and extricate the victim. The Fire Department Advanced Technical Team will remove the victim for the medical examiner.

No other injuries were reported. The project team is examining the status of the existing structure to determine its safety. There has been no determination to when work will continue on the project.