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RiverCentre Authority - RiverCentre Convention Center and Parking Ramp

Can We Hold Our Events During Construction?  This was one of the questions asked by the Saint Paul Civic Center Authority when we embarked on an expansion of the Saint Paul Civic Center. The design, construction, and owner team’s mission were to “design, construct and equip an outstanding multi-purpose facility on time and under budget which is distinctive in design, practical in its functionality, and user-friendly.” Keeping the existing facility operational during construction was a daily challenge but ultimately a resounding success. CPMI guided the Team through significant events such as the Festival of Nations, an event that featured many cultures and their food and is attended by thousands of school children. Keeping everyone safe and construction moving was achieved by close coordination and communication between all parties. 

At the time, this was the largest publicly funded project to be constructed by the City. It created an impetus for construction in downtown Saint Paul which continues today. CPMI was involved from the initial design phase through the grand opening.  As the construction manager, we provided overall coordination, cost estimating, financial reports, and schedule management. We developed the phased bid strategy, led the bid and award phase, developed requests for proposals for consultants, processed payments, and managed all contractors.

Mission Accomplished:  The goals of the team’s mission were achieved. This was sometimes challenging since working in a downtown area provided many amazing discoveries and construction hurdles: major excavation in St. Peter sandstone for a six-story underground parking ramp uncovered more than a hundred tunnels and drifts, Kellogg Boulevard was rebuilt into four separate bridge structures to keep the main road open,  the adjacent Wilkins Auditorium was discovered to have been built on existing stone, not footings, and the kitchen facilities were relocated several times to accommodate construction. The result is a Convention Center with a six-level parking ramp below. 400,000 SF facility with exhibit halls, ballroom, meeting rooms, skyway connection, one bay loading dock, offices, kitchen, and concession areas.

Newport Transit Center
Newport Transit Center
Polar Bear Odyssey Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Polar Bear Odyssey Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Bonsai Pavilion and Japanese Garden - Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Bonsai Pavilion and Japanese Garden - Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Middle School/High School
Middle School/High School
Como Park Regional Pool
Como Park Regional Pool
Visitor Center and Education Resource Center Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Visitor Center and Education Resource Center Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
B.H. Whipple Federal Building
B.H. Whipple Federal Building
Iowa Laboratory Facility
Iowa Laboratory Facility
City Link Transfer Center
City Link Transfer Center
City Hall Renovation and Expansion
City Hall Renovation and Expansion
Fire Station No. 8
Fire Station No. 8
Fire Station 1 ( and 10)
Fire Station 1 ( and 10)
US Federal Courthouse
US Federal Courthouse
City Hall/Police Station
City Hall/Police Station
Como Harbor & Seal Island
Como Harbor & Seal Island
Elementary School
Elementary School
City Link Transfer Center
City Link Transfer Center
Smith Avenue Transit Center
Smith Avenue Transit Center
Historic Fort Snelling Long Barracks & Gatehouse
Historic Fort Snelling Long Barracks & Gatehouse
New Fire Station
New Fire Station
Drake Public Library Restoration
Drake Public Library Restoration
Mendota Heights Fire Station Remodel and Expansion
Mendota Heights Fire Station Remodel and Expansion
Tropical Encounters Exhibit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Tropical Encounters Exhibit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
High School Gymnasium Addition
High School Gymnasium Addition
300 East Locust Office Building
300 East Locust Office Building
Public Safety Facility No. 19
Public Safety Facility No. 19
Art Center Addition and Remodel
Art Center Addition and Remodel
Fire Station
Fire Station
Central Library Renovation
Central Library Renovation
Fire Station 2 and Station 1 Remodel
Fire Station 2 and Station 1 Remodel
Fire Station
Fire Station
Civic Center Exhibit Hall Expansion/Additions and Kitchen Renovation
Civic Center Exhibit Hall Expansion/Additions and Kitchen Renovation
Gorilla Forest - Como Park and Conservatory
Gorilla Forest - Como Park and Conservatory
Fire Station
Fire Station
Peoria Central Police Facility and Site
Peoria Central Police Facility and Site
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