Saints Business Center
Project Location: 1771 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN
Nominated by: Saint Paul Port Authority and Terracon Consultants, Inc.

 The Saints Business Center is an ambitious effort to bring together public and private partners to facilitate the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of the former home of the Saint Paul Saints minor league baseball team. Situated in the footprint of an old state fair dump, the 190,000-square foot office warehouse is the first speculative office warehouse project to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core and Shell (CS) Silver Pre-certification.

Significant soil remediation and vapor management was needed to overcome the challenges posed by developing on a former dump site. Methane concentration levels in subsurface vapors were significantly greater than the lower explosive limit (LEL). Thus, an innovative Vapor Extraction System, and a double-lined sub-slab depressurization system were installed on site. In addition to the vapor mitigation system, significant amounts of contaminated soil were excavated and disposed of, but approximately 30,000 cubic yards of moderately contaminated soils mixed with debris at the site were processed on site for reuse as fill.

The Saints Business Center expertly incorporates sustainable practices from remediation to construction. During redevelopment 11% of the materials used were recycled and 24% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles of the job site, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emission. The site features, a comprehensive stormwater management and treatment system that achieves 100% total suspended solids removal while replenishing the groundwater water table, lease holds for energy and water use efficiency, and has been approved for a 40-kWh solar array. The site’s redevelopment represents a new, more sustainable chapter for the former ballpark.

Project Financing:

  • Private Capital: $4,600,000
  • Loans: $ 14,000,000
  • EPA Assessment: $2,488,000
  • Minnesota DEED: $1,525,000
  • Met Council: $750,000
  • Ramsey County: $400,000
  • SPPA: $1,279,000

Project Partners:

  • United Properties
  • The Saint Paul Port Authority
  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • U.S. EPA, Region 5
  • The Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • The Metropolitan Council
  • Ramsey County
  • The City of Saint Paul
  • Capital Regions Watershed District
  • LHB, Inc.
  • Stoel Rives, LLC
  • American Engineering Testing, Inc.
  • Terracon Consultants, Inc.
  • J. Ryan
  • Carl Bolander and Sons, Inc.