Station embodies the five primary design principles of open
transit in that it incorporates all modes of transit; promotes
development; creates iconic indoor and outdoor spaces; appeals to passengers, residents, office workers, and visitors alike;
and integrates culture with mass transit by placing the latter
in the heart of the public square. Incorporating these design
principles resulted in a project that offers significant benefits
to those attending games, as well as to the surrounding community, visitors, mass transit users, and the environment.
The 104,000 sq ft station is situated in a highly urbanized site that once included government administration
buildings and still contains the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), a waste-to-energy facility that burns
365,000 tons of waste a year to generate electricity. Besides
the station itself, the site had to offer pedestrian plazas, elevated light-rail tracks and a supporting bridge, a 286-space
parking structure, room for retail businesses, and a system
for managing stormwater.
The project team also factored into the site design the
need to facilitate future economic development. To this end
the site design involved the realignment of nearby roadways
to offer the flexibility that would attract and be conducive to
development. In fact, the project’s preliminary design was
modified to improve the development potential of two road-
ways adjacent to the site: 6th Avenue North and 5th Street
North. To create additional parcels for development, the
project realigned and added a signalized intersection at both
6th Avenue North and 6th Street North.
Meeting all of the project design needs required using every square inch of the compact 8-acre site, which is owned by
Hennepin County and includes the HERC. When completed,
the Target Field Station project site encompassed approximately 58 percent of the total parcel. The HERC occupies the
remaining 42 percent.
Scheduling pressures prompted the project owner, Hennepin County, to realize the project through the design/build
approach. In fact, the eventual design/build team would have
only 24 months to complete the project after winning the
contract in June 2012. This accelerated schedule was dictated by the need for the station to be constructed by the time
the light-rail route known as the METRO Green Line became
operational, in May 2014. Another important consideration
was that Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game would
be played at Target Field on July 15.
The Minneapolis office of Knutson Construction led the
design/build team, which included the Minnetonka, Minnesota, office of Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH). The latter provided design services pertaining to civil engineering,
landscape architecture, geotechnical engineering, and stormwater management. Begun in July 2012, construction was
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