Media advisory: No go for snow at Target Field Station

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Contacts: Angie Timmons, Environmental Services: office: 612-348-2477, cell: 612-845-0323
Philip Hussong, Communications: 612-348-3735


Media advisory

No go for snow at Target Field Station

Heat from Hennepin Energy Recovery Center melts snow, ice at transit hub

Target Field Station opened last summer, but as winter persists, so does its innovative snowmelt system — a key feature of the station's sustainable design.

The snowmelt system produces cleaner and safer sidewalks, reducing maintenance costs and saving fuel. It also eliminates the use of salt and other chemicals, which means less salt flowing into the Mississippi River through runoff. 

Join us to find out more about this innovative system and talk with the Hennepin County environment and energy experts who manage it. 

When:    Tuesday, February 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where:   Target Field Station/Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, 435 North 5th Street, downtown Minneapolis. Take the METRO Blue or Green lines, or park at the Target Field Station pay ramp (enter at Fifth Ave. and Fifth St., take the elevator to the plaza level). Call Angie Timmons at 612-845-0323 upon arrival and staff will meet you promptly.


Snowmelt system and sustainable design at Target Field Station
During construction, 50 miles of plastic tubing were embedded in concrete surfaces at the transit hub. An antifreeze mixture circulates through the tubing and warms the concrete using heat from the adjacent Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC).

HERC burns trash from Minneapolis and surrounding communities to produce energy. Along with steam and electricity, the heat is generated as part of the energy production process at the waste-to-energy facility. Steam provides heating and cooling for Target Field and buildings in the downtown Minneapolis district energy system; it also powers a turbine to produce electricity — enough to power 25,000 homes — which is sold to Xcel Energy.

Other sustainable design features at the station reduce the amount of runoff into the river and improve its quality. Rain and snowmelt that is not collected in cisterns for reuse at HERC gets absorbed by “green roof” areas covered with native plants, or filtered through tree pits, permeable pavers and vegetated swales.

The Minnesota Twins
Partners in the planning and funding of Target Field Station, the Twins currently coordinate public events and programming at the station and maintain the Great Lawn, video board and other amenities.

More information: and

Target Field Station Snowmelt System

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