Lowertown Ballpark demolition to resume after deadly accident - KMSP-TV

Lowertown Ballpark demolition to resume after deadly accident

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Demolition works stops after a partial collapse and death of a crane operator at the former GIllette Building in downtown St. Paul Demolition works stops after a partial collapse and death of a crane operator at the former GIllette Building in downtown St. Paul
Johnny Valek, 61 Johnny Valek, 61
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Ryan Companies announced demolition work at the site of the Lowertown Ballpark will resume Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, family, friends and co-workers gathered at the site for a private memorial service for Johnny Valek, the veteran heavy equipment operator killed on the demolition site last week when part of the concrete building collapsed onto the cab of a backhoe, instantly killing Valek inside, St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said.

STATEMENT FROM RYAN COMPANIES

Along with the announcement of a private service for Valek, the statement reads, in part:

Over the next several days, activity will involve removal of debris and salvaged materials from the site. Rachel Contracting is reviewing the demolition plan to determine if any modifications should be made. Any modifications to the plan will be submitted to Ryan and the City of St. Paul for approval, likely sometime before the end of next week.

Demolition delays at this stage will not impact the on-time delivery of the ballpark. Work on other critical components of the project – Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for mechanical/electrical, bidding of excavation and utilities, final development of schematic design – has continued during this pause in demolition, ensuring that the ballpark continues to stay on schedule.

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