City of St. Paul - Xcel Energy Arena
Bringing Back the State of Hockey: Minnesota was awarded a new National Hockey League franchise in 1997, which brought the professional sport back to a state well-known for hockey. Building a new arena for the Minnesota Wild Team was an amazing opportunity that had to be designed and constructed in 27 months. Public and private funding was contributed by the City of Saint Paul, the State of Minnesota, and the Team. Since public funds were being used, the City of Saint Paul desired an independent management team to ensure the construction quality, program requirements and use of funds met their standards. CPMI provided this service. We helped develop the building requirements with the City and the Team, tracked financial and critical issues, audited and authorized payments to consultants and the construction manager, and were the interface between the construction and the convention center staff to ensure proper scheduling, communication and minimize impact on City events.
The Pucks in Our Court: On time and on budget, the first puck dropped in the new arena on October 11, 2000. It was a major construction project in a downtown urban area, adjacent to the recently constructed RiverCentre Convention Center, also managed by CPMI. A ‘little town’ of construction trailers was housed across the street. The construction manager, architect, subcontractors, and CPMI all worked long hours together on-site to keep the project on schedule. The result is one of the “best overall sports venues” (named by ESPN in 2004): an 18,000 seat Arena featuring 74 suites, a Team Store, ticket office complex, an impressive press box, 2 full service kitchens, a state-of-the-art scoreboard LED ribbon display around the perimeter of the seating area, and loading docks. This project brought the state of hockey back to the state of Minnesota.