“The City of Saint Paul has acted within the full authority of the law with the work to date in pursuing and building a Lowertown Ballpark,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “In the interest of transparency, we are conducting a competitive selection process for the design / builder. Transparency in government always has been and will remain a top priority of mine and I believe this process will ensure the best outcome for the city, taxpayers and ultimately, the project.”
The Lowertown Ballpark, expected to be open in the spring of 2015, will host the Saint Paul Saints, as well as numerous amateur leagues and other sports organizations from around the state of Minnesota. The construction of the ballpark will add hundreds of jobs and is expected to have an economic impact in the millions of dollars for the Lowertown community.
“Although this selection process may cause some delays, it is my hope that this process will move smoothly and swiftly so we are able to play baseball in Lowertown on opening day in 2015,” said Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm.
The city will continue to utilize a design / build authority, authorized by the Legislature to design and build the ballpark. A design / build model ensures a seamless transition between the multiple layers of design and construction and promotes efficiencies and cost-savings by avoiding duplication of efforts. Saint Paul’s authority was based on similar legislative language used for other recent public facilities projects, including the Xcel Energy Center and Target Field.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued on Friday, November 30th. Over the next 120 days, the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) will be leading the selection process for the design / build manager. Interested parties who wish to participate may contact HREEO to register to receive the RFP by calling 651-266-8900.
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About Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages more than 170 parks and open spaces, an AZA accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 25 city operated recreation centers, 4 municipal golf courses, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and outdoor aquatic facility, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, and Great River Passage - which is the new identity for all public development along Saint Paul's more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.