The Gardner School of Edina
The Gardner School chose an under-utilized property in Edina with an aging industrial building that had been sparsely occupied for the last ten years as one of its first locations in the Twin Cities. Originally built in 1969, the building was used as a television production studio and a sound/recording studio. The building itself had a solid structure, with good bones and deep foundations. The renovation and conversion to a handsome, contemporary preschool / child care center revived the building and significantly improved its appearance in this office / industrial area of Edina. The Gardner School offers year-round educational programs and child care for children 6 weeks old through Pre-K. It provides a full suite of enrichment classes including instruction in foreign language, music, sports readiness, dance, gymnastics, and computer instruction in addition to a summer camp program. The School’s stimulating, creative, and educationally engineered school features indoor and outdoor play spaces in a safe environment. Long waiting lists tell us there is an obvious demand for quality child care in our market. The Gardner School Edina helps fill that demand in a convenient location off of Hwy 100, 494 and France Avenue.
Portland, Ore. based Provenance Hotels, a lifestyle hotel management company, opened Lora, a new boutique hotel, in Stillwater, Minnesota in June 2018. Developed by Elevage Development Group of Minneapolis, the hotel is a creative renovation and repurpose of the former Joseph Wolf Brewery block, built in 1886 on South Main Street, carved into stone cliffs and historic caves. From four dilapidated structures built at different times on seven levels, ESG Architecture & Design (ESG) innovatively designed a 40-room, three-story boutique hotelÓthe first new hotel in Stillwater in 23 yearsÓwhich also houses three distinct food and beverage destinations. The hotel’s name, Lora, references Lorelei, a siren of German folklore, and spaces throughout the hotel are infused with Scandinavian and German design details that honor the past. Combining the four buildings was a major design challenge mainly due to severely deteriorating stone and brick walls. The designers reinforced the structure, gutted the buildings, and rebuilt airy, modern spaces, maintaining as much of the original character as possible. The lobby’s original floors and stone walls have beauty in their imperfections and a modern reception desk sits in front of an arched stone gateway into the caves. Throughout the hotel, original art conveys the tales of the area’s historic culture.
Uponor Hutchinson plant
The project encompassed the purchase and renovation of an existing 220,000 square foot building on a 34 acre site in Hutchinson, Minn. Renovation was completed in the second quarter of 2018 and the manufacturing plant was brought on-line six months ahead of schedule. The project focused on the expansion of manufacturing space in the existing building. The scope included installation of manufacturing equipment, increasing infrastructure and the certification of an NSF quality lab.
MoZaic East is a Class A office development in Uptown, developed speculatively, which opened in 2018. It is an eight-floor structure with approximately 200,000 square feet, as well as underground executive parking and unique outdoor patio spaces on all floors. The first floor is largely hospitality style common areas, along with retail spaces. This interior common space was created to provide a second work space or lounge amenity, away from a tenant’s primary work station. The MoZaic East common areas and interiors stand alone in the fact that though MoZaic East is an office building, it is not traditional in any sense. It does not have a traditional finish; it is not in a traditional market; and it does not cater to traditional tenants/occupants/users. The project team’s ambitious goal was to create a space that is modern while still being warm, comfortable but edgy, and still maintains functionality. And, in true ACKERBERG form, art is celebrated throughout the common areas; we even have feature custom murals in the bathrooms. The first floor amenities also include a state of the art conference center, a beautiful fitness center with showers and lockers for tenants of the project, and a large bike room that includes bicycle storage, equipment lockers, a bike repair area, and direct access to the Midtown Greenway.
Cushman & Wakefield
2018 was a significant year for Cushman & Wakefield’s Asset Services (Property Management) division in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Especially in an age where more owners are considering self-managing their owned portfolio, it became even more important for the company to provide substantial value to owners through its property management service. The Minneapolis-St. Paul office also underwent an acquisition by Cushman & Wakefield in 2018 and strove to provide an unchanging high level of service throughout that transition. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Asset Services team has done that precisely for the better part of two decades, and the industry has responded by making it the market leader. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal in 2018 ranked Cushman & Wakefield as the largest Property Manager for the 16th consecutive year, with a portfolio of more than 28 million square feet and a roster of more than 50 excellent property managers. The company’s portfolio includes some of the most prominent properties in the Twin Cities, such as Normandale Lake Office Park, Centennial Lakes Office Park, Campbell Mithun Tower and Ford Center. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Asset Services team continued to assert itself as a major force in the world of sustainability in 2018, managing the process that led to 8200 Normandale Tower winning an international TOBY (Outstanding Building of the Year) as the best building in the Americas in the 250,000-499,999-square-foot category.