Minneapolis & St. Paul

The projects below reflect those for which we were able to gather supporting materials and multimedia. There are hundreds of local government and state agency project requests. If you’d like to see a project highlighted below, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. 

University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus; College of Biological Sciences

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on the St. Paul campus is home to a large conservatory made up of multiple aging greenhouses. Unfortunately, the same greenhouses that are home to so many rare and endangered plants are falling down. In some cases, the water used to maintain warm and moist environments has seeped into the concrete walls of the greenhouses and cracked them. This significant concrete deterioration has warped the metal frame of the greenhouses causing the windowpanes to fall out.

The school is asking for $4.4 million in bonding to build a new, energy efficient facility to protect these special plants, and to provide hands-on learning opportunities for Minnesota’s future plant geneticists, growers, and agriculture and environmental scientists.

Science Museum

The 16-year-old Science Museum of Minnesota, located near downtown St. Paul, is requesting $13 million to help repair extensive damage to its building. The Museum was constructed with latent design defects including a through wall flashing design failure that has caused water damage to both the exterior and interior of the building. Other design failures include the lack of a continuous vapor barrier, which has resulted in a saturation of the museum’s lobby wall.

The total repairs estimate for the museum comes to $26 million.

University of Minnesota Health Sciences Education Facility

The University of Minnesota is looking to construct a new Health Sciences Education Facility. The University is asking the state for more than $66 million to complete the project. Campus leaders say 6,400 students may utilize the new facility and it will help the University meet national level demands in medical education that are increasingly difficult to meet in outdated buildings. Plans for the new building call for classrooms, simulation centers, small group rooms, and an advanced technology-rich biomedical library.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner

Hennepin County is asking for almost $26 million for the development of a 67,000 square foot medical examiner facility. Currently, the medical examiner is operating out of a renovated food services building in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County officials say the current building is not meeting the demands of the workload the medical examiner’s office is experiencing. The new facility would serve Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties, and would be constructed in a location that supports access needs and will be built with future expansion in mind.

Emergency Operations Training Facility

The City of Minneapolis is asking for $2.5 million for the expansion of their Emergency Operations Training Facility. Currently, the facility is used to train first responders, fire professionals and law enforcement.

Project leaders plan to develop unused land into training areas which include large scale transportation response, structural collapse rescue and tactical law enforcement training. Plans call for adjustable structures which allow for training in short durations with little set up time. Advocates say there is no other facility like it in the region and project leaders expect multiple agencies to take advantage of the facility.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is asking for $14.5 million to replace its WPA-era habitat with a purpose-built habitat large enough to contain and exhibit all of Como Zoo’s seals and sea lions year-round. The proposed design includes new underwater vistas, improved amphitheater viewing and naturalistic landscaping to resemble the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest. The new habitat area will also dramatically improve the visitor experience for the zoo’s nearly 2 million children and adults each year.

Kellogg/3rd Street Bridge

The City of Saint Paul is requesting $48 million to construct a new Kellogg Boulevard Bridge that connects downtown St. Paul with the city’s East Side. The bridge is one of only two connections with these parts of the city. While the bridge was built in the 1980’s, city engineers in conjunction with the Department of Transportation have deemed the outer piers that support the bridge structurally deficient.

After engineers announced this designation, the city restricted traffic on the bridge to the two innermost, safest lanes of traffic. Due to the traffic restriction, the Mounds Boulevard/Kellogg Boulevard intersection at the east end of the bridge is at a level of service F in the evening peak period of traffic. This nearly half-mile long bridge carries average daily traffic of 9,900 in 2012, and that number is forecasted to increase to 12,400 by the year 2040.

Kellogg/3rd Street Bridge

The City of Saint Paul is requesting $48 million to construct a new Kellogg Boulevard Bridge that connects downtown St. Paul with the city’s East Side. The bridge is one of only two connections with these parts of the city. While the bridge was built in the 1980’s, city engineers in conjunction with the Department of Transportation have deemed the outer piers that support the bridge structurally deficient.

After engineers announced this designation, the city restricted traffic on the bridge to the two innermost, safest lanes of traffic. Due to the traffic restriction, the Mounds Boulevard/Kellogg Boulevard intersection at the east end of the bridge is at a level of service F in the evening peak period of traffic. This nearly half-mile long bridge carries average daily traffic of 9,900 in 2012, and that number is forecasted to increase to 12,400 by the year 2040.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner

Hennepin County is asking for almost $26 million for the development of a 67,000 square foot medical examiner facility. Currently, the medical examiner is operating out of a renovated food services building in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County officials say the current building is not meeting the demands of the workload the medical examiner’s office is experiencing. The new facility would serve Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties, and would be constructed in a location that supports access needs and will be built with future expansion in mind.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is asking for $14.5 million to replace its WPA-era habitat with a purpose-built habitat large enough to contain and exhibit all of Como Zoo’s seals and sea lions year-round. The proposed design includes new underwater vistas, improved amphitheater viewing and naturalistic landscaping to resemble the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest. The new habitat area will also dramatically improve the visitor experience for the zoo’s nearly 2 million children and adults each year.

Science Museum

The 16-year-old Science Museum of Minnesota, located near downtown St. Paul, is requesting $13 million to help repair extensive damage to its building. The Museum was constructed with latent design defects including a through wall flashing design failure that has caused water damage to both the exterior and interior of the building. Other design failures include the lack of a continuous vapor barrier, which has resulted in a saturation of the museum’s lobby wall.

The total repairs estimate for the museum comes to $26 million.

Emergency Operations Training Facility

The City of Minneapolis is asking for $2.5 million for the expansion of their Emergency Operations Training Facility. Currently, the facility is used to train first responders, fire professionals and law enforcement.

Project leaders plan to develop unused land into training areas which include large scale transportation response, structural collapse rescue and tactical law enforcement training. Plans call for adjustable structures which allow for training in short durations with little set up time. Advocates say there is no other facility like it in the region and project leaders expect multiple agencies to take advantage of the facility.

University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus; College of Biological Sciences

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on the St. Paul campus is home to a large conservatory made up of multiple aging greenhouses. Unfortunately, the same greenhouses that are home to so many rare and endangered plants are falling down. In some cases, the water used to maintain warm and moist environments has seeped into the concrete walls of the greenhouses and cracked them. This significant concrete deterioration has warped the metal frame of the greenhouses causing the windowpanes to fall out.

The school is asking for $4.4 million in bonding to build a new, energy efficient facility to protect these special plants, and to provide hands-on learning opportunities for Minnesota’s future plant geneticists, growers, and agriculture and environmental scientists.

University of Minnesota Health Sciences Education Facility

The University of Minnesota is looking to construct a new Health Sciences Education Facility. The University is asking the state for more than $66 million to complete the project. Campus leaders say 6,400 students may utilize the new facility and it will help the University meet national level demands in medical education that are increasingly difficult to meet in outdated buildings. Plans for the new building call for classrooms, simulation centers, small group rooms, and an advanced technology-rich biomedical library.

 

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