Even a year after its opening, CHS Field—home of the St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association)—is being hailed for its contribution to ballpark design. CHS Field was recently honored with two major awards, including the World News Architecture (WAN) Sport in Architecture Award and the GOOD DESIGN Award, which comes from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Three judges from WAN looked at seven different brand new ballparks/stadiums from around the globe. They were Paul Brislin, Director and Architect at Arup, Rasti Bartek, Associate Director at Buro Happold and Michael Taylor, Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects.
The Judge’s decision to name CHS Field as the winning project for the WAN Award was a unanimous one, with Bartek saying, “I love the simplicity of this project, it’s elegant and modern, it’s incredibly simple, that’s what I love about it and the atmosphere must be very, very nice.” Taylor also had nothing but positive words for the stadium adding, “The more you look at this project the more you realize the understated simplicity of it. It really succeeds in drawing in the urban backdrop whilst maintaining the focus on the field of play. The view from the open concourse is particularly exciting and from there you really appreciated the care and attention to detail right down to the elegant lighting stands. Everything has been very well integrated and coordinated to look effortless. Sport in the City done brilliantly!“
CHS Field went up against six other projects from around the world and they were: Musholm in Denamrk, Stade de Soccer de Montreal, the Couch in Netherlands, Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in UAE and Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Canada.
CHS Field was designed and built by Ryan Companies, Snow + Kreilich Architects and AECOM along with the city of Saint Paul, the state of Minnesota and the St. Paul Saints.
CHS Field also claimed the 2016 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award which identifies and emphasizes the world’s most important examples of sustainable design and to develop a public awareness program to the general public about which global companies are doing the best job ecological and sustainable design for our world environments.
Architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, product, packaging, and graphic designs from over 20 nations were awarded with Green GOOD DESIGN 2016, representing the world’s most important manufacturers and design firms and leading FORTUNE 500 corporations that are forwarding a new emphasis on a more sustainable design and environment worldwide.
This is the eighth year the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design institutions have developed this very specialized edition of the original GOOD DESIGN program, which was founded in Chicago in 1950.
The Saints organization and CHS Field have won a total of 13 awards since the beginning of the 2015 season.