|[October 17, 2013]
Securian's New Sidewalks Boost Downtown St. Paul Beautification and Environmental Plans
ST. PAUL, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
After 31 years of heavy use and harsh weather, the original streetscape
around Securian Financial Group's 400
building in downtown St. Paul was completely rehabbed from top to
The old aggregate and concrete sidewalks and plazas built the same year
as the tall grey building they surround have given way to a flowing
streetscape that incorporates hardy urban vegetation, well-defined
public and private easements and a colorful design that ties the 400
building to its younger sibling across Robert Street, the 401
Elegant and green
The sidewalk's new design is picturesque,
but its real beauty may lie below.
"This project incorporates green areas and porous concrete to promote
water infiltration and slow storm water runoff," said Julio
Fesser second vice president, Facility Services, Securian Financial
Group. "These features also filter contaminants out of storm runoff,
helping improve ground water quality and keep the Mississippi clean."
Storm water management requirements have changed dramatically since the
1980s. Despite the challenges posed by the underground parking
structure, the new storm water infrastructure meets environmental
standards and keeps the parking ramp dry.
Complements city's streetscape plan
aesthetics of the Securian project were designed to promote the city's
plan for attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridors along Fifth and
Sixth Streets between the Excel Center and the Lowertown ballpark.
"Our design blends the two blocks into one campus while also building on
the City's urban design vision," said Fesser. "Creating an attractive
and welcoming downtown is a part of the economic development effort
aimed at bringing more employers into the central business district,
which we actively support."
For more than 130 years, Securian
Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security
from downtown St. Paul, MN for individuals and businesses in the form of
insurance, investments and retirement plans. Securian is now one of the
nation's largest financial services providers and the parent of a group
of companies that offer a broad range of financial services to
individuals, employers and financial institutions.
DOFU - 09-2013
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