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Project Profile | Be The Match

Progress on the 18-month project was documented via a webcam – see a time lapse of the progress.

United Properties recently completed the development of Be the Match’s national headquarters in the North Loop of Minneapolis. With the last of its nearly 1,000 employees moved in by early December, the seven-story, 240,000 sq. ft. building is now home to the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on delivering cures through bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplantation.

Located at 524 5th St. N., the project is the largest build-to-suit office to date in the North Loop, with Target Field, Target Field Station and Ford Center serving as major catalysts for the expansion of the area. In addition to United Properties, the project team includes general contractor RJM Construction, building architect RSP Architects and interior architect Perkins + Will.

The interior design includes an open-office environment with conference rooms, collaborative break meeting spaces, training rooms and employee break rooms. Overall features include an elevated entry plaza, a coffee bar and café 5th Street Station, reserved underground parking, conference event space on the main floor as well as event space and outdoor terraces on additional floors.  The exterior features a 36-string, interactive “Sidewalk Harp” as part of the building’s public art.

January 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Project Profile | RBC Plaza

RBC PlazaRBC Plaza has recently completed the multi-million dollar renovation at its landmark Nicollet Mall and 6th Street location in downtown Minneapolis marking its transformation “a new beginning on Nicollet Mall.” The nearly year-and-a-half renovation of the 700,000+ sq. ft. Class A office and retail location created a unified space involving the conversion of former four-story retail and food court space on the 3rd and 4th floors of the 555 Nicollet Mall to a two-story atrium within the premiere 40-story office tower at 60 S. 6th Street.

The renovations were designed to provide a vibrant live/work/play environment for employers who want to attract the best and brightest talent.  Renovation highlights and new features include:

  • Two levels of retail stores and casual dining options.
  • New tenant amenities such state-of-the-art conference center, fitness center with locker rooms, full-service valet and auto spa, bike storage area, collaborative meeting areas on the lower level and main lobby.
  • A prominent entry from Nicollet Mall including an exterior glass canopy and building identification.
  • A new 31,595 sq. ft. office space opportunity on the 3rd floor featuring 15-16 ft. ceilings and newly added large windows.
  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. converted 4th floor Class A office space.

The building is LEED EB Gold and ENERGY STAR certified.

Project partners included KBS, owners of the asset; Cushman & Wakefield | NorthMarq handling leasing and management; RJM Construction for construction; and Shea Design leading the renovation designs.

August 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Project Profile | Penn & American’s Phase II

PennAmerican-frontPenn & American – the multi-phase, retail and residential project at the intersection of Penn Avenue and American Boulevard in Bloomington – started its second phase with signed leases from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. Construction began with a Sept. 10 groundbreaking and be complete by fall of 2015.

As with the first phase of the project, United Properties will continue to partner with StuartCo on the development. Completed in 2012, the first phase includes Genesee Apartments & Townhomes, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Which Wich and other retailers.

The second phase of Penn & American will be located at 8001 Penn Ave. S., just north of the first phase, and will total approximately 120,000 sq. ft.

  • Home2 Suites by Hilton is an all-suite extended stay hotel and the first location in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. Once complete, the 107-room, 68,000-sq.-ft., four-story hotel will be sold to Lion Hotel Group.PennAmerican-grocer
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers Market also will establish its first location in the market with a 28,600 sq.-ft. store at Penn & American. The specialty grocer focuses on healthy and organic products.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, a casual dining restaurant chain, will operate a 6,900-sq.-ft. restaurant.

Other project partners include the City of Bloomington’s Housing Redevelopment Authority, ESG Architects, general contractor RJM Construction, hotel contractor Weis Builders, civil engineer Kimley-Horn, hotel architect Tushie Montgomery, hotel operator Lion Hotel Group and brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield | NorthMarq.

September 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Project Profile | Valley Park Business Center

Valley ParkBy Kristin Weise, Opus

With market trends leaning towards more speculative industrial building developments, low vacancy rates and many users looking for industrial space, Opus Development Company, L.L.C. saw the opportunity to fulfill a need in the market.

Opus acquired 50 acres of land for a project in Shakopee, Minnesota, for the development, known as Valley Park Business Center. The center includes a 200,000-square-foot spec industrial warehouse and distribution facility.

The building features 32-foot clear height, 37 dock doors, two drive-in doors and almost 160 parking stalls. Construction began in the fall of 2013 and was completed this spring.

The first phase of a multi-phase project, this building and subsequent developments will help transform the area into an industrial and office park, bringing additional jobs to the city of Shakopee.

“We’re thrilled for Opus to bring a new industrial development to the area,” said Mayor Brad Tabke, City of Shakopee. “This new warehouse and distribution center will attract additional businesses to the community and have a positive impact on our area.”

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design; sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter.

August 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Project Profile | Washburn Center for Children

Washburn Center for ChildrenA local nonprofit dedicated to helping children with social, emotional and behavioral problems, the Washburn Center for Children grew out of its space and could not accommodate the growing need for its services. In 2011, the agency launched a $24.5 million capital campaign to build a new facility.

Cresa Minneapolis was engaged to provide development management services, including site selection, project and relocation management services, as well as assistance in structuring project financing. The project required extensive work with the state, county, city and surrounding neighborhoods. The site location – at Glenwood and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis – faced significant site challenges including environmental contamination and poor soils requiring piling.

All the work came together in August Washburn Center for Children2013 when the team broke ground on a new 55,000 sq. ft. facility on 2.5 acres in the Heritage Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. The facility is due for completion in November 2014. Project partners include DLR Group in association with Lawal Scott Erickson Architects, Mortenson Construction, Target Commercial Interiors, Braun Intertec and Peer Engineering.

Washburn’s plans for a child-centered facility integrate natural elements to create a multi-faceted healing environment. Richard Louv, author of seven books about the connections between family, nature and community, is consulting on the design of the new building. Designed and constructed to be eligible for LEED certification, the new facility will have minimal impact on the environment and offer both children and staff a healthy environment.

About Washburn Center for Children
With nearly 130 years of experience in assisting high risk children in the Minneapolis area, Washburn Center for Children is the leader in helping children with social, emotional and behavioral problems and their families. As a community mental health center focused on children’s mental health, Washburn strives to integrate innovative research into program practice, implement meaningful evaluation methods and provide effective training and consultation for agency staff and community collaborators.

About Cresa
Cresa is an international corporate real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents tenants and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate services, including: transaction management, project management, strategic planning, workforce and location planning, subleases and dispositions, portfolio/lease administration, capital markets, sustainability, industrial/supply chain and facilities management. With more than 55 offices, Cresa is the largest tenant representation firm in North America. Through its partnership with Savills, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firms, Cresa covers more than 255 locations in 40 countries.

December 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

Project Profile | The Bridges

Doran Companies | The Bridges Doran Companies’ current project is the Bridges, a 210-unit student housing apartment development on University Avenue between the 10th Avenue and 35W bridges in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. The 11-story building with all rental units will be complete in August of 2014.

The Bridges is developer Kelly Doran’s fifth The Bridges-V4_020413_webhousing project at the University of Minnesota since 2008. When this latest development is completed, Doran will have more than 600 units of student housing leased to university students.

The vision for the development is to create a “gateway” into the University of Minnesota campus with a design based traditional campus architecture interpreted into a contemporary urban feel. The main residence tower, with varying heights of nine and eleven stories, includes two outdoor green roof areas incorporated into the design.  The development will have amenities consisting of club room, gaming room, business center, theatre and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Project partners include general contractor Doran Construction, architect Doran Architecture, interior architect BDH & Young, civil engineer Westwood and structural Engineer BKBM.  The Private Bank and Bremer Bank are co-financing the construction for Doran Companies.

About Doran Companies
The family-owned, Minnesota-based development, construction and property management companies have established a 25 year tradition of setting the standard for excellence and creativity while working diligently with communities to bring their vision to reality.

October 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

Project Profile | The Nic on Fifth

The Nic on 5thHalfway through construction, The Nic on Fifth™ is The Opus Group’s 26-story rental high-rise in downtown Minneapolis. As the first high-rise luxury apartment development in downtown in nearly three decades, The Nic will feature 253 units, including 26 penthouses, and sits at the intersection of Nicollet Mall and 5th Street. The development will be complete by the summer of 2014.

The Nic is instrumental in contributing to the continued vitality of downtown Minneapolis. Residents will have front-door access to the city’s light rail and bus system while being within walking distance to retail, restaurants and more than 26 million square feet of existing downtown office space.

The Nic on Fifth will feature high-end, condo-level finishes and amenities. Residents will have door attendant and concierge service, outdoor roof terrace with pool and spa, a fitness center, yoga studio, outdoor fire pit and grilling area, guest suites, 9-to-10-foot ceilings and a dog play area.

The Nic is also focused on sustainability and will be the first high-rise apartment project in Minneapolis designed to achieve LEED certification.

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries; Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget.

August 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

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