The City of Saint Paul took a major step forward today towards building a new ballpark in downtown Saint Paul, selecting Ryan Companies US, Inc. to provide design/builder services for the project. A competitive process was initiated in November and following a comprehensive review of the three successfully submitted proposals, the city will begin contract negotiations with Ryan Companies.
“We are thrilled that this part of the process is complete, and that we are able to move forward to build the ballpark with a company that we know will be responsive and responsible, has demonstrated experience, and will hit the ground running,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This ballpark will be an attraction for families across the region, it will add vitality to our community, it will bring 400,000 people to downtown yearly, and create hundreds of jobs. With this decision, we are one significant step closer to playing baseball in Lowertown.”
Ryan Companies US, Inc. has extensive experience designing and managing large-scale projects. Ryan originally worked with City of Saint Paul and the St. Paul Saints to produce the feasibility study during the initial state Legislative funding pursuit and has extensive background and familiarity with the Lowertown Ballpark project. Recent Minnesota projects completed by Ryan Companies include the Minnesota Department of Revenue building in Saint Paul, the Target Commons space and the MoZaic office and retail building, both in Minneapolis. Projects currently in process include a major, multi-year renovation of the Bishop Henry Whipple building at Fort Snelling and 222 Hennepin, a mixed-use project which includes luxury apartments and a Whole Foods grocery store.
The city will begin negotiations with Ryan on various proposed design and project management fees to help achieve maximum value based on the current project budget of $54 million.
“We are so thrilled to win this project and continue our longstanding partnership with the City of Saint Paul and the St. Paul Saints. Based on our extensive past experience on this project, we knew we would submit a very competitive proposal. The Ryan team has a lot of experience and we look forward to leveraging our design/build expertise on this project,” said Pat Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Companies US, Inc. “We recognize how important this ballpark is not only to the residents of Saint Paul and Lowertown, but also to the entire region. We look forward to delivering a ballpark that is innovative, sustainable, and functional for many years to come.”
The next step in the process is to develop a comprehensive community engagement strategy to facilitate input and feedback as the project progresses. Following successful negotiations with Ryan Companies the project will begin with demolition of the former Diamonds Products site in the spring. Additional vendor outreach for subcontracting opportunities will be managed by Ryan to meet or exceed city and State requirements for the project.
About Ryan Companies US, Inc.Ryan Companies US, Inc. is a 3rd generation, family-owned national developer, designer, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate manager specializing in fully integrated solutions for more than 75 years. Key market sectors include: retail, distribution, mission critical, public sector and health care; and product experience includes work on office, retail, mixed use, hospitality, multi-housing, industrial, medical office building, senior housing, distribution center, public sector, and mission critical facilities. Ryan serves customers throughout the United States with offices in the NorthCentral, Midwest, Great Lakes, SouthEast, SouthCentral and SouthWest regions. Ryan was named the 2007 National Developer of the Year by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP). For more information, visit www.ryancompanies.com