Photo Courtesy of APWA
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Hennepin County’s Target Field Station was recently named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). For the award, the team of winners includes Hennepin County, MN, as the managing agency; Knutson Construction as the primary contractor; and Perkins Eastman; Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., as the primary consultants. These organizations were presented with the award during APWA’s 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona which were held August 30-September 2, 2015.The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractor, consultant and their cooperative achievements. APWA selected projects in five categories: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures and Transportation. The Target Field Station Project is being honored in the Structures category, at a cost greater than $75 million.

Target Field Station is located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, next to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Hennepin County, in partnership with the Twins, was instrumental in funding the new ballpark which opened in 2010. The project is a multi-modal transit station with state-of-the-art, mixed-use development and year round activated public space. It opened in May, 2014, and the project’s design, led by Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA, of Perkins Eastman, emphasizes the principles of Open Transit, bringing together transit and urban culture into a one-of-a-kind destination that enhances commuters’ experiences and promotes a stronger community.

The project also includes a light rail transit (LRT) station, a rail bridge, promenade and two levels of public plaza with areas available for neighborhood bars and eateries, cultural and entertainment spaces and community events. It also connects several communities by linking the region’s growing commuter and LRT network, as well as miles of new bike and walking trails. Visitors are able to access the daily bus operations that connect the twin cities metropolitan area.

The design of the Target Field Station was influenced by Minneapolis’ distinct seasons and love of the outdoors. The Station’s Great Lawn is a valuable green space for activities such as community concerts and individual activities. An amphitheater and informal seating area forms The Cascade, which is used to provide year-round entertainment and recreation opportunities. During the winter, an integrated snowmelt system is used to melt snow and ice by using excess heat generated by the neighboring Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). By using the site’s natural topography and the landscape’s natural filtering properties, storm water is funneled to a series of cisterns and underground storage systems where it is then sent back to the HERC to quench ash, part of an initiative by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

For more information on the APWA 2015 Projects of the Year, please contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager, Laura Bynum,, or call 202.218.6736.