Empirehouse Receives MCA Merit Award: CHS FieldPosted on January 27, 2016, by Jennifer Klitzke
CHS Ballpark Field
Location: St. Paul, MN
Contractor: Ryan Companies
Architect: Snow Kreilich Architects and Ryan A+E, Inc.
Glazing Specialty Contractor: Empirehouse, Inc.
The 21st Minnesota Construction Association Awards of Excellence Banquet was held January 27 at the Minneapolis Golf Club and MC’d by Alana Sunness Griffith. A team from Empirehouse was present to receive a MCA Merit Award for our glazing and fabrication work on the CHS Ballpark Field.
In addition, CHS Field won state and national design honors. Architecture MN featured CHS Field on the cover of their March/April 2016 issue showcasing terrific photography of the glazing and fabrication systems installed by Empirehouse.
The architect’s vision was to create a ballpark that incorporated elements of Lowertown’s historic architecture with blackened steel and black anodized aluminum frames, timber and load-bearing masonry. They also wanted the ballpark to be transparent and reduce the visual impact on the neighborhood. As the glazing contractor, Empirehouse was able to achieve clear, uninterrupted views to watch the St. Paul Saints in action with large units of glass and thin profile framing. This gives the enclosed areas a feeling of being outside in the elements while still inside the building.
Even though it looks like constructing CHS Field may have taken a long time, it was actually on a very tight and demanding schedule for being such a high profile project.
Once Empirehouse began, it was all hands on deck to install over 5,000 square feet of laminated tempered insulated glass in curtainwall frames facing the field. Each floor-to-ceiling panel weighed up to 1,000 pounds. Also installed on other elevations was over 3,500 square feet of non-laminated insulated glass. The majority of the glass installed was on the Club and Suite Level. Site challenges and field restrictions prevented use of some lifting equipment, yet our teams creative logistics and glazing skills overcame installation challenges.
On the Club and Suite Level, over 300 lineal feet of laminated glass handrail was installed which overlooked the lower deck seating and field.
In an area of the city which has been forgotten, St. Paul now has brought new life into Lowertown with this exciting and beautiful award winning project, and the St. Paul Saints have an outstanding ballpark.