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Ryan Cos. US Inc. representatives says design and construction innovations have saved millions of dollars in project costs for the new $63 million St. Paul Saints ballpark, but some of the changes didn’t go over well at first.
The team wasn’t thrilled, for example, when Minneapolis-based Ryan first floated the idea of moving the Saints team offices from a nice second-story perch to the service level of the new 7,000-seat ballpark.
But the Saints eventually warmed to the idea from the project’s design-build contractor. The move saved about $1.5 million in project costs, and the new offices will offer field-level views that are “almost unprecedented” in other sports facilities, said Logan Gerken, Ryan Cos.’ lead architect for the project.
Gerken shared the story while leading a tour of the project on a cold Monday afternoon. The move stemmed from the need for change and creative thinking on a project that faced escalating costs. The ballpark is at Fifth and Broadway streets in the Lowertown area of the city’s downtown.

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CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown got a dose of summer with its first layer of sod Wednesday. Just after dawn, crews started installing the infield turf at the $62 million stadium. It’s a key part of the construction process that signals the minor league baseball St. Paul Saints will play on the new home field at the start of the season next May.

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On a brilliant October day in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, the vivid colors of autumn were on full display.

Just a home run from the Mississippi, a visitor could see a bit of brown and red (dirt), a splash of yellow (foul poles), a dash of pink (fuzzy pig) and, finally, a field of green (fresh sod).

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The new $63 million St. Paul Saints ballpark is taking shape at Fifth and Broadway streets in St. Paul’s Lowertown area, as builders get ready to make the transition from concrete and steel activities to seat and sod work.

Current work includes installation of precast and cast-in-place concrete, steel erection, and mechanical and electrical rough in, according to Brad Meyer, spokesman for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Within the next six weeks, crews will begin to install light poles, seats, and the playing field sod for the 7,000-seat ballpark, which is on schedule to open in time for the 2015 baseball season, Meyer noted.

Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. US Inc. is the project’s builder and architect of record. Ryan’s team includes Snow Kreilich Architects (design architect), AECOM (sport architect) and TRI Construction (construction management partner).

The ballpark is under construction on the 9.7-acre former Diamond Products factory site. The property had significant contamination from its previous uses, including coal gas manufacturing.

Last week, the minor league baseball team played its last game at Midway Stadium, which will be torn down.

The city’s port authority plans to team with Bloomington-based United Properties on a new $15 million, 190,000-square-foot industrial building at the 12.77-acre Midway Stadium property on Energy Park Drive, as reported by Finance & Commerce in June.

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They locked the gates and turned off the floodlights at Midway Stadium for the last time Thursday night, after a record crowd of 9,455 turned out to watch the hometown Saints play their final game before moving to a new home in Lowertown next season.

Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to throw out the first pitch to actor and comedian Bill Murray, a co-owner of the team who also posed for photos and signed autographs. Singer Nicholas David handled National Anthem duties.

The Saints themselves lost to the Winnipeg Goldeyes 4-3, but finished with a 573-426 record since starting at the landmark ballpark in 1993.

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