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LEEDing the League

Baseball season is in high gear, and the Minnesota Twins have settled into their new home at Target Field in Minneapolis. The LEED Silver certified stadium is only the second Major League ballpark in the United States to attain that status. Completed in December 2009, more than two months ahead of schedule, the park officially opened on April 12, 2010 with the Twins hosting the Boston Red Sox.

The ballpark is located in the Minneapolis Historic Warehouse District on the north edge of downtown between 5th and 7th Streets on 3rd Avenue North. Built on 8 acres (3.2-hectares) the 1,014,796-square-foot (94,275-m2) open-air stadium seats 40,000 spectators.

Pinta acoustic inc., Minneapolis, provided approximately 13,000 square feet (1,208 m2) of its SQUARELINE Standard Metal Ceiling Tiles for the project. The tiles were installed in various areas of the stadium, including outside the Legends Club and the Town Ball Tavern on the Club Level, in the elevator lobby area on the Main Concourse Level in center field and on all escalator landing areas on the Terrace Level.

While not part of the original design, pinta acoustic’s SQUARELINE metal ceiling panels were added to enhance the aesthetics in areas that had open ceilings. The installer, Twin Cities Acoustics Inc., Plymouth, Minn., made the initial recommendation to incorporate SQUARELINE metal ceiling tiles into the project. The SQUARELINE tiles were customized by pinta acoustic to assure the >70 percent open-area rate required to meet code and allow the sprinkler heads to remain hidden yet functional.

“Twins management didn’t feel like the open ceilings with exposed pipes conveyed the desired aesthetic,” said Lucas Pechacek, field engineer, Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis. “We needed to hide the exposed elements and provide a more finished look, without moving the sprinkler heads. The SQUARELINE metal ceiling tiles in chrome fit the sleek urban look we were striving for. The ceiling tiles reflect light from the floor and create a fluid look.”

Target Field, Minneapolis

Owner: Minnesota Ballpark Authority, Minneapolis
Construction manager at risk: Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis
Engineer/architect: Populous, Kansas City, Mo.; and HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis
Installer: Twin Cities Acoustics Inc., Plymouth, Minn.
Metal ceiling tiles: pinta acoustic inc., Minneapolis,