Target Center green roof to cost $5.3M

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2008 - 11:12 PM

The city says the go-ahead, expected today, signals an investment that outlasts the Timberwolves' tie to the arena.

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mattaudioDec. 11, 08 5:46 PM

now if they can only make the outside walls of the place look a little better. it looks like a big overbearing fortress at that end of downtown.

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twins09Dec. 11, 08 5:51 PM

In this economy this is a giant waste. When the City is whinning about raising taxes or cutting programs in a couple of months remember that they decided to waste millions on a roof for an arena that will be dead within 10 years. The Wolves are a dying franchise. The absolutely will not be here in 5 years. Do not do this. This is a disgrace.

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MellersDec. 11, 08 5:58 PM

"A life-cycle cost analysis found that the green roof is slightly cheaper once it hits 20 years. But the basketball lease expires in 2025, about when the arena reaches the average age when pro arenas are demolished, according to one report provided to the city." Why is EVERYTHING in our society so disposable, even million-dollar structures??? There are structures around the world that are up to 2,000 years old and we're amazed if the building lasts 35 years??? *shaking head*

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sparkybauerDec. 11, 08 6:16 PM

omg, green gone overboard. I'm all for green but let's be real. Snows of last few years less than average and in the summer one huge gulley washer would reak havoc.

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stribune1Dec. 11, 08 6:22 PM

Take a look at basics of commercial roofing: http://www.buildings.com/articles/detail.aspx?contentID=2298 It is $4-$10 per square foot and with a building of around 200,000 square feet - the cost should be under $2,000,000. I guess the extra parkland (smile) is worth $3,000,000.

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digalvinDec. 11, 08 6:43 PM

Ok I'm in the green biz and I think this is a bad idea. Green roofs have great potential on several levels but it doesn't make sense to put it on this particular building except to polish some political/green cred. This is a "want" not a "need" for the city. Really bad economic timing and very disrepectful toward the people who pay taxes in Mnpls. and the employees who will suffer because money won't be there for something more necessary. Also, as someone who used to work in that building, please, there are other "improvements" that need doing first. Make the building function better in general for events other than basketball if you want the building to live longer than the Woffies. Go for energy conservation now for a bigger ROI bang for the $$. In 2025 there might be a better cost/benefits equation to a green roof and by then Mnpls will know if the building that might last beyond the next decade.

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sausageDec. 11, 08 6:45 PM

Spend ourselves out of the recession. Tax the residents and the surrounding area for more frivolous junk. On one hand they are worried about elephants; then they want to give the homeless homes; then they want a green roof. They are nuts!

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joeldahlDec. 11, 08 6:46 PM

and that roof will collaps. It sounds to me like they are working the numbers so it looks like the roof infrastructure will be strong enough. Should start a board and take bets when people predict it will collaps. Remember 35W???

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the_vfoxDec. 11, 08 6:50 PM

gone way off the deep end. Didn't they just get the news that they will not be getting the money from the state in December. Watch out residents, I see a big tax increase in your future.

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twins09Dec. 11, 08 6:53 PM

The federal government has always been out of touch but the local governments are now getting totally out of control too. There is not thought paid to what the constituents want. None. Do they not realize how horrible this looks especially given the whinning they will be doing over budget shortfalls? Really, how can this be happening? I hope the media stays on top of this.

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