Solution Blue wins “2016 For Profit Service Business Award” from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

[Above] President John Hink and Vice President Mitchell Cookas accepting the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce award for 2016 For Profit Service Business Award.

From problem to opportunity

The Japanese garden “Seisui Tei” (Garden of Pure Water) at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is one of the most renowned in North America. Much less common in the United States, Chinese gardens function more like parks to be discovered than gardens to be admired. Combining natural and built landscape features, and always including a path, a Chinese garden invites visitors to walk through, discover naturalistic beauty, and immerse themselves in its tranquility. The Arboretum has long envisioned adding a Chinese garden and set a bold vision to create one as a key element in its 2012 master plan….

The preferred site for the Hsiao-Ho Chinese Garden was along the Three Mile Drive, in part because it would provide convenient ADA access not only to the new garden, but also to existing collections of larch, willow, elm and hydrangea plants. Solution Blue Inc. and Damon Farber Associates undertook a pre-design study to determine the appropriate location and access for the garden on the Three Mile Drive…”

SCAPE (Winter, 2015)

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The two-year effort to bring rainwater harvesting to CHS Field

Owned by the City of Saint Paul and operated by the Saint Paul Saints, the 7,200-seat ballpark in the Lowertown neighborhood is situated on a 13-acre site, which was a brown field (now a green field). Since the. Since the beginning of the project, the City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Saints and the entire project team shared a vision: make CHS Field the “Greenest Ballpark in America” by incorporating various innovative and sustainable features. The ballpark was projected to host more than 500,000 visitors annually, so the facility had the potential to provide an exceptional opportunity to showcase sustainable development on a regular basis.

Solution Blue was the engineering firm responsible for the design of the stormwater management systems at the ballpark. The stormwater management practices that include tree trenches, rain gardens, bio- swales and underground filtration basins.”

SCAPE (Summer, 2016)

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CHS Field is one of the greenest ballparks in America

Our Solution Blue team enjoyed providing the stormwater modeling, design, engineering and construction assistance services for this multi-functional network of sustainable stormwater features. The most noteworthy feature is the first commercial rainwater re-use system used for flushing toilets ever in the City of Saint Paul, which is estimated to save over 450,000 gallons of fresh water each year!”

Architect Magazine (Aug. 2015)

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Solution Blue CEO To Speak at 2013 Brownfields Summit

 CEO of Solution Blue John Hink started cleaning up brownfields in the 1990s and has worked on over 200 brownfield projects in his career. Today, John is not only cleaning up brownfields, he’s helping the public and private sectors develop on complex sites through creative site design and green stormwater management.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear our CEO speak about the future of brownfield redevelopments and how restorative design and creative placemaking will pioneer us beyond sustainability. The event will be held at Golden Valley Country Club  from 8am – 12pm October 11, 2013. ”

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Minnesota Real Estate Journal (October 2013)

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Solution Blue Among MCWD 2011 Watershed Heroes Award Recipients


This St. Paul-based development firm specializes in sustainable design.  It routinely goes above and beyond stormwater runoff requirements on projects including its work with the MCWD at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and at the Eldridge Subdivision in St. Louis Park.”

MCWD Announces 2011 WATERSHED HEROES AWARDS  (Oct. 10, 2011)

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Twins’ Target Field Achieves LEED® Silver Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council today awarded Target Field LEED® Silver Certification, making it the second Major League ballpark in the United States to achieve that status. Having collected the most certification points ever awarded to a ballpark, Target Field is the greenest ballpark in America.”

PRLOG – Press Release Distribution (April 8, 2010)

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TCF Bank Stadium Achieves LEED® Certification

TCF Bank Stadium becomes the first LEED® Certified football facility in America.

University of Minnesota News Release (09/17/2009)

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