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Lora Hotel

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.

Project Team

Corey Burstad, Elevage Development Group, Developer
Povenance Hotels – Operator, Other
ESG Architecture & Design, Architect
Zeman Construction, Contractor Innovative Structural Solutions, Engineer

Finalists

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis
West Elliot Park Hotel
Lora Hotel
Moxy Uptown

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.

Project Team

Bill Gray, Uponor, Other
Jon Sillerud, Uponor, Other
Alec Nord, Uponor, Project Manager
Tekton Engineering, Architect
PCL, Contractor
Caltex Electric, Contractor
Legend Mechanical, Contractor
CBRE, Inc., Broker
City of Hutchinson, Equity Partner

Finalists

Daikin Applied Air – Faribault, MN
Fridley’s Park of Commerce
Uponor Hutchinson plant
North Star Sheets at Southeast Industrial Park

MoZaic East

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.

Finalists

AT&T Tower
MoZaic East
The 15 Building
The 428

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.

Finalists

Colliers International
Core Living
Cushman & Wakefield
Frauenshuh, Inc
JLL
Transwestern

Crystal Brook Senior Living

Construction of the Crystal Brook Senior Living project, a 138,000 sq. ft. 88-unit facility in Park Rapids, Minnesota, was completed October 25, 2018. The facility was constructed by KI Developers, a venture between non-profit Knute Nelson and Innovative Companies, Inc. of Alexandria. Pope Architects also worked on the project. Knute Nelson is an innovator in the senior living/healthcare industry, using the latest technology to develop its “age in place” model. This design allows residents to start in an independent living apartment, then add technology and services around them as the age, without needing to move to a new facility or new area of the facility. This demand for cutting edge technology and flexible living environments challenged the architects and developer to create high-tech living spaces without sacrificing the warmth and charm of a home environment.

Project Team

Tom Lambrecht, Great River Energy, Lender
Randy Roers, Innovative Companies, Inc., Developer
Mark Anderson, Knute Nelson, Developer
Roger Blank, Bremer Bank, Lender
Christine Fox, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electric, Lender
Legend Mechanical, Contractor
CBRE, Inc., Broker
City of Hutchinson, Equity Partner

Finalists

Crystal Brook Senior Living
Guardian Angels Riverview Landing
Praha Village

Curtis 1000 Lease

In one of the largest build-to-suit transactions of the year in Minneapolis, CBRE’s Charles Caturia represented Curtis 1000 in a long-term lease for a new 250,000 square foot build-to suit development in Fridley, Minn. This market-making lease would allow Curtis 1000, a commercial printer, to streamline its operations in a superior location, better positioning the firm to maximize efficiency and position itself for long-term growth. Curtis 1000 approached CBRE with a consolidation assignment for three of its Metropolitan area facilities. The firm had roughly 265,000 square feet spread across locations in Hugo, New Brighton and Bloomington, respectively. The firm desired one location to streamline operations, and improve cohesion among processes as part of a reorganization of the parent’s selected business lines. The firm’s objective was to modernize its facilities, and generate cost savings in its overall real estate and operations spend. After a search of existing facilities, Caturia and his client concluded that a build-to-suit would be the firm’s best option, as there were few facilities of the quality they sought in the right location. After evaluating several build-to-suit sites, they focused on the Riverside Commerce Center in Fridley controlled by Industrial Equities. This location was centralized to its existing facilities, minimized disruption to employees and brought all operations closer to a central point in the Twin Cities.

Finalists

Curtis 1000
Lease Tactile Medical in a 106,000 SF
Top Golf
WeWork @ MoZaic East

Lowry Morrison

For years, the 1879 Lowry Morrison Building was notable for its shuttered windows and crumbling bricks, which stood in contrast to the vibrancy of the North Loop. Three years in the making, the historic renovation of the building, led by Element Commercial Real Estate, transformed the dilapidated warehouse into a vibrant asset to the neighborhood. A historic warehouse for fish vendors and tobacco producers, this three-story building now houses 10,000 SF of office and 5,000+ SF of restaurant and retail. The existing shell of the building remains largely preserved, while the interior has been creatively reimagined to attract fantastic office and retail tenants. Anchored by the stunning new Edwards Dessert Kitchen and 100% occupied with three other retail and office tenants, the Lowry Morrison building is a beautiful example of adaptive reuse.

Project Team

Kevin Kuppe, Element, Inc., Developer
JoAnna Hicks, Element, Inc., Developer
John Rimarcik, Owner
JuLee Rimarcik, Owner
Pat Keenan, Emerald Builders, Contractor
John Nordstrom, Emanuelson Podas, Engineer
Adam Eggert, Shea Design, Consultant
Tanya Spaulding, Shea Design, Consultant
Chris Zeeman, Zeeman, Contractor
Jennifer Force, Terracon, Environmental
John Reis, Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen and Russ, Other

Finalists

Case Building Redevelopment
Lowry Morrison
Quincy Brickyard
Woodbury Lakes

Crescent Cove

Children with life-threatening or limiting conditions have very unique needs. Often times, hospitals are not designed to handle the emotional and sometimes even physical complexities associated with hospice care for kids. Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids opened in May 2018 in Brooklyn Center, MN. This home away from home is a place where families with children with life-threatening conditions can go for short breaks of rest, or an option beyond the hospital, adult hospice, or home environment for end-of-life palliative care. Crescent Cove was designed to support living life to the fullest, to support families, and to create memories. The are spaces to share meals, play games and create art. There are spaces for relaxation, massage, music therapy, hydrotherapy, and playing outside by the lake. All spaces were designed to support families and kids through connection and play. Children and young adults stay in one of six sleeping rooms for overnight respite. The sleeping rooms all overlook the lake. A family suite is available allowing families to stay together. The end-of-life suite has space for parents to sleep right in the room with their child. The interior of the entire facility was designed to be open and inviting, a place for families to gather and spend time together. Because it is moments of love, happiness and sadness that stay in our memories forever, it was important that all moments of transition were treated with respect. Sounds, sights, temperatures, colors, textures, scents these are all elements that are reflected in the interior and exterior spaces that we encounter.

Project Team

RSP Architects, Architect
Gardner Construction, Contractor
Dunham and Associates, Engineer
Cushman & Wakefield (donated time), Broker

Finalists

Crescent Cove
Grove Circle Medical Building
Twin Cities Orthopedics – MN Drive Medical Building

365 Nicollet

365 Nicollet takes luxury living to a new level at the north end of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Located across from the Minneapolis Central Library, this 30-story high-rise building includes 521,000 square feet of retail, parking and amenity space and 370 residential suites in another 359,000 square feet. This skyway connected building offers street level retail space, the main resident lobby and a coworking space, creating an activated street-frontage in the downtown core. The residential suites span from the podium and throughout a stepped tower floor plate above, allowing for increased corner units, vistas and daylighting opportunities. Residents of 365 Nicollet enjoy luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities, including a generous lobby and concierge area, multiple shared co-working spaces, a golf simulator, transit hub, private dining room, clubroom and chef’s kitchen, a large outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, yoga room, relaxation room, sauna and a penthouse lounge and balcony. The suites range from alcoves to three-bedroom penthouses. A crisp, modern feel creates a lovely canvas for each resident to make the space their home. Suites feature condo-level finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, quartz countertops, locally-manufactured cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and spacious balconies. Certain suite collections offer upgraded features like 10-foot ceilings, kitchen islands, pantries, fireplaces and private balconies.

Project Team

Matt Rauenhorst, Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Developer
Dean Newins, Opus AE Group, L.L.C., Architect
Doug Woolf, Opus AE Group, L.L.C., Engineer
Beth Duyvejonck, Opus Design Build, L.L.C., Contractor
Jennifer Koehler, Opus AE Group, L.L.C., Other

Finalists

365 Nicollet
Finnegans
Sanctuary SalonSpa
The Link Apartments

Finnegans House

FINNEGANS Brew Co. has been a major face in the Minneapolis craft beer scene for nearly 20 years, and the construction of the four-story FINNEGANS House finally provides a brewery and taproom space for the public and a number of opportunities for local social entrepreneurs, which has longtime been part of FINNEGANS’ business model. Each floor is roughly 13,000 square feet and serves a designated purpose. The first floor holds its brewing operations and main taproom, with space for nearly 200 people. This marks the first time since 2003 that FINNEGANS will have its own production plant. The second floor houses the Brewer’s Den, a members-only social club with its own bar, lounge and co-working spaces. The third floor is designated as an events space, and the fourth floor is home to the ÏFINNOVATION Lab, a partnership through Impact Hub MSP that provides a space for entrepreneurs to work.

Project Team

Chad Rempe, Kraus-Anderson, Project Manager
Rebecca Ueland, ESG Architects, Architect
Mike Hille, Kraus-Anderson, Developer

Finalists

3rd Act Craft Brewery
Finnegans House
Park Village – Granite City Repositioning

Havenwood of Richfield

At a time when senior housing in the Twin Cities is booming due to an aging population demographic, consumers want the best and usually at the best price point with as many amenities and scalable healthcare options — as possible. This is particularly true in Richfield where the population of 70+ year-olds there alone is growing faster than any other age group. As a first-tier suburb, the Richfield location was also ideal to attract Baby Boomers from south Minneapolis and Bloomington, also right next door. Located on 76th Street between Pillsbury and Pleasant Avenues, the new 115,000 sq. ft. senior residence features a continuum of care and associated services, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Thus, Havenwood of Richfield proved to be the first of five senior residences that Roers Companies would plan to build under the new Havenwood brand between 2018 and 2020, followed by Minnetonka, Onalaska, WI., Burnsville and Buffalo. The Richfield response was overwhelming: Concerned family and caregivers, and area seniors especially many from Richfield who wanted to stay in the community quickly drove the lease up. By the time of its Grand Opening in August of last year, Havenwood of Richfield’s, 88-unit residency was already over 88% leased in Assisted and Independent Living.

Project Team

Roers Companies, Mesaba Capital, Developer
Brunton Architects & Engineers, Architect
CBS Construction, Contractor
Minnwest Bank, Lender
Henricksen Senior Living Group (Interior Designer), Consultant
Brunton Architects & Engineers, Engineer

Finalists

Cherrywood Pointe
Plymouth Havenwood of Richfield
Village Shores Senior Community

Press House Apartments

Press House Apartments is the conversion of the former Pioneer Press Building into 144 affordable apartment units. The 8-story building was originally constructed in 1955 for the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance headquarters and became home to the Pioneer Press Newspaper in the 1980’s. In 2017, the building was listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings and was purchased by Real Estate Equities. Now complete, the building offers 20 studios, 108 one bedrooms, 6 two bedrooms and 10 three bedrooms, all affordable to residents making 60% AMI or less. Unit finishes include vinyl plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, 10-foot ceilings, full-size washer and dryer, walk-in closets and marble window ledges. In addition to high-end apartment features, the property boasts over 20,000 square feet of amenity space in what was the old printing rooms. Amenities include a large clubroom with gourmet kitchen, movie theater, business center, professional fitness center, yoga room with on-demand fitness classes, sport simulator and a game room with billiards, poker, ping pong, Foosball, Boccie Ball and shuffleboard. The additional Fleet Building, which was used to load the trucks with newspapers has been converted into an additional clubroom with gourmet kitchen, fireplace and garage doors that open to the outside.

Project Team

Real Estate Equities, Developer
BKV Group, Architect
Weis Builders, Contractor
Bank of America, Equity Partner
US Bank, Equity Partner
Dougherty Mortgage, Lender
Dougherty & Company, Lender
Bridgewater Bank, Lender
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Lender
City of St Paul, Government Agency
Metropolitan Council, Lender Department of Housing and Urban Development, Government Agency
Solution Blue, Engineer
Braun Intertec, Environmental PVN, Consultant
MacRostie Historic Advisors, Consultant

Finalists

Downtown View & YouthLink Offices
Hawthorne EcoVillage Apartments
Press House Apartments
The Legends of Spring Lake Park

Hudson Brothen, Cushman & Wakefield

Hudson Brothen served as part of a six-person industrial team that completed a whopping 140 commercial lease and sale transactions totaling 3.54 million square feet. The team is among the most prominent in the Minneapolis-St. Paul industrial market, and Hudson has taken on increasing responsibility year after year, both in terms of identifying and pursuing business and fully executing transactions on behalf of clients. –Among his most notable projects, Hudson was intimately involved in the execution of several international transactions in China for a locally-based, publicly-traded company. The transactions included a 75,000 sf building sale in Shenzhen, China, and a 15,000 sf office lease in Shanghai. In order to effectively serve his client, Hudson had to learn a lot about the Chinese culture and gain a deeper understanding of how their approach to business differs. This assignment is expected to continue this year with several more transactions. –In 2018, Hudson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate (MNCAR). As a Board Member, Hudson helped guide the organization through the lawsuit between Xceligent and CoStar, serving as a member of the team that hired Catylist, a new software platform, which MNCAR used to replace Xceligent due to Xceligent’s bankruptcy. Catylist started with zero local listed properties and today includes 45,000 properties, nearly 9,000 listings and more than 1,000 active brokers and has become the portal from which brokers get their information to perform their daily tasks. –2018 was Hudson’s fifth year volunteering as a member of the MNCAR Expo Committee.

Finalists

Hudson Brothen, Cushman & Wakefield
Grant Campbell, IRET
Blake Hopkins, Aeon
Rachel Robinson, NOAH Impact Fund

Osborn370

In summer 2017, a group of investors led by Schafer Richardson, PAK Properties and Grand Real Estate Advisors purchased the former Ecolab headquarters. Over the past year and a half, the team has invested $20 million to redevelop the 20-story tower into office space for startups and innovative businesses. The building was rebranded to Osborn370 as a nod to the street address and Ecolab founder Merritt J. Osborn. In just over a year, the building is 65% occupied with tenants including, but not limited to: Bridgewater Bank, Lighthouse Software, OppSource, Structural, Knight Foundation, KLJ Engineering, Beaningful Coffee, SmartCare, Bootstrappers, TechStars, Center for Economic Inclusion, American Public Media’s Glen Nelson Center, and Lunar Startups. While Osborn370 became a new hub for businesses in St. Paul, it also retained its historic significance to 1960s skyscraper design and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Project Team

Brad Schafer, Schafer Richardson, Owner
Rich Pakonen, PAK Properties, Owner
Clint Blaiser, Halverson and Blaiser Group LTD, Owner
Tanya Bell, Grand Real Estate Advisors, Owner
Scott Burns, Chasing Growth LLC, Owner
Adam Jerstad, Greiner Construction, Contractor
Joshua Bergeron, ESG Architecture & Design, Architect
Nick Place, Bridgewater Bank, Lender
John Bergstrom, RENA 370, LLC, Owner

Finalists

Jr. Achievement of the Upper Midwest
NewStudio Architecture
Osborn370
The 15 Building: Bringing the Outside, In.
The 428

The Reserve at Arbor Lakes

The Reserve at Arbor Lakes is a gated, luxury apartment community set within the bustling Arbor Lakes area of Maple Grove. The community offers alcoves, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as two-bedroom, two-story direct-entry townhomes. The first of what will be multiple residences within this gated community includes 243 apartments, 12 townhomes and two guest suites in a four-story building connected to the clubhouse via a covered breezeway and underground, heated walkway. Within the clubhouse, residents can enjoy a full game room, an indoor pool, spa and sauna, an 8,000 sf fitness center, two entertainment suites with full chef-grade kitchens, seated dining and lounge areas, a business center, full private movie theater, clubroom and concierge desk. Additionally, an underground heated parking garage includes 260 parking stalls as well as wall-mounted bike racks. The outdoor amenities are equally inviting. Two outdoor terraces include an outdoor pool, spa, grilling stations, lounge areas, boccee ball courts, a putting green and more.

Project Team

Kelly Doran, Doran Companies, Owner
Tony Kuechle and Melissa Duce, Doran Companies, Developer
Scott Stenman, Doran Construction, Contractor
Doran Architecture, Architect
BDH & Young, Interior Design, Sub-Contractor
BKBM & Sambatek, BKBM & Sambatek, Engineer
Bremer Bank/ Sunrise Banks / Central Minnesota Credit Union, Lender

Finalists

Ascend at Woodbury
Ironwood Apartments
Mills Creek
Norhart
The Reserve at Arbor Lakes

Towers at West End

Ryan Watts, Sonja Dusil, Judd Welliver and Tom Holtz in the CBRE’s Minneapolis Institutional Sales office team represented DRA Advisors in the sale of The Towers at West End. The Towers at West End represented a rare opportunity for investors to purchase a pair of trophy-quality Class A office towers totaling 497,234 square feet located in the vibrant urban West End neighborhood within the top performing Minneapolis I-394 submarket. The Towers were developed in 1987 and 2000, and were 84% occupied at the time of sale. Given the uniqueness of the offering and the $115.5 million deal size, a targeted marketing process that reached around the globe to attract the most aggressive capital available in the market place was required. Although the towers are technically located in the suburbs, the team focused on educating and selling investors on the dynamic West End market as a vibrant urban location for this valuable acquisition opportunity. The Towers at West End were sold to Accesso Partners, a commercial real estate investment manager, owner and operator, who also owns IDS Center and Crystal Court in the Minneapolis CBD.

Finalists

Greenfield Partners’ Sale
Towers at West End

Kraus-Anderson

2018 was another tremendous year for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. We had the honor to work with several hundred clients throughout the Upper Midwest on over 500 projects, both large and small. Jobsite safety has always been our top priority, and we are proud that our safety focus resulted in no lost time records in 2018. We had the honor to work on 70 K-12 projects in 25 school districts across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. KA is quickly becoming a leader in the K-12 market, and we are proactively working with districts throughout the Midwest to meet their facility needs. It was also the first full year in our new corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. The consolidation of three KA office locations under one roof in a high-tech, amenities-rich work environment named KA to the Star Tribune’s Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota, ranking #18 in midsize companies. Not only did the building win Xcel Energy’s 2018 High Performance Building Award for its cost-effective sustainability, but the open workspaces provide a more collaborative environment to better suit our clients’ needs.

Finalists

Adolfson and Peterson
Doran Companies
Kraus-Anderson
SullivanDay Construction

The Legends of Columbia Heights

The Legends of Columbia Heights consists of 191 units of affordable senior apartments, located in Columbia Heights, MN, just north of Minneapolis in Anoka County. Dominium acquired the vacant land site in October 2015 and worked over the course of the next year to close the 4% tax credit financing in September 2016. Construction was completed February 2018. The 4-story building features generously sized common spaces, a variety of unit types, and both underground and above ground parking. This new project fills a neighborhood need by creating more opportunities for seniors to be comfortable within their community. The building contains many amenities including a fitness facility, theater, library, club room, cards and crafts room, salon with nurse station, outdoor patio terrace with a fire pit, grilling stations and seating area, as well as full-time management staff. The building features multiple floor plans and unit sizes; consisting of one, two and three bedroom units.

Project Team

Ron Mehl, Dominium, Developer
Ahmed Abdelhameed, Dominium, Developer
Jack Dritz, Dominium, Developer
Michael J. Krych, BKV Group, Architect
Chad M. Weis, Eagle Building Company, Contractor
James E. Stephan, Braun Intertec, Environmental
Derek M. Schilling, Braun Intertec, Environmental
Ana Gallardo, Alliant Asset Management, Co., LLC, Equity Partner

Finalists

PHS Orchard Path
The Legends of Apple Valley
The Legends of Columbia Heights

Fraser Woodbury

Fraser is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services. Fraser Woodbury is a new state-of-the-art clinic designed and constructed as a leading-edge facility for the treatment of children with special needs. By utilizing best practices and current scientific research, the clinic offers a sensitive environment that is calm, gentle, low in stimuli and child-friendly. The 27,000 sq. ft. building is carefully organized to support a wide range of services, offering families a convenient location for comprehensive evaluations, diagnostic and treatment services, autism and mental health day treatment, applied behavioral analysis, and speech, occupational and physical therapies. Fraser’s large variety of services allows clients to receive comprehensive treatment in one location, saving travel and medical costs for Minnesotans. From the approach and arrival at the entrance to transitions within interior spaces, the entire building was designed from the perspective of users who experience varying sensory anxieties. Evidence-based design informed strategies for daylighting, lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort and indoor air quality, enhancing treatment outcomes for children and their families. The design team approached the project with the goal of elevating the experiences of each building user. Though the primary users of this building are children coming for treatment, each child’s caregiver, sibling, therapist and staff also significantly benefits from the sensitive environment.

Project Team

Brian Larson, Pope Architects, Architect
Dale Raasch, Fraser, Owner
Rob Gemelke, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Contractor
Jon LaCasse, Pope Architects, Project Manager
Rebecca Frenning, Pope Architects, Other
Brady Busselman, Sambatek, Engineer
Josh McKinney, Sambatek, Other
Steve Orfield, Orfield Labs, Consultant
Michael Webert, Emanuelson-Podas, Inc., Engineer
Kelly Artz, Emanuelson-Podas, Inc., Engineer
Cory Casperson, Clark Engineering, Engineer
Maix Xiong, Pope Architects, Other

Finalists

CityPlace Medical
Fraser Woodbury
Minnesota Eye Consultants, Woodbury
Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center

David Serrano, RSP Architects

The proverbial ball started rolling in 2016 when Mayo Clinic Square opened. Our extreme make-over of the ugliest, most dysfunctional building in downtown Minneapolis was heralded as a success. The project established David Serrano, AIA, Principal at RSP, as a smart design partner for brokers and developers desiring dramatic, yet cost effective, change. Serrano is not only a talented architect, but he gets the business side of multi-tenant buildings. He knows how to balance the desires of tenants with the ROI of owners. The range of his work is impressive, as is his vision for each unique building. He’s capable of seeing past dilapidated structure and dark, dated floor plates. With a flair for corporate renovation projects, Serrano has developed a successful, chaptered approach to solving these niche opportunities. When asked of the synergies that have been established across his experience on multiple renovation projects, he notes Ïone of the things that I have learned, working on projects like these, is there are three major stages on how you approach (a renovation). The biggest problem to start with is the organizational issue. How do you make the building legible? The next thing we talk about are amenities; we have to have these things to be a player in this market. And my third step then is materializations. How do you wrap those things into the vibe and the story (of the building)? The approach has proven successful.

Finalists

Kerry Bruggemann, Michaud Cooley Erickson
Erik Miller, Sambatek, Inc
David Serrano, RSP Architects

Lora Hotel

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.

Project Team

Corey Burstad, Elevage Development Group, Owner
Provenance Hotels – Operator, Other
ESG Architecture & Design, Architect
Zeman Construction, Contractor
Innovative Structural Solutions, Engineer

Finalists

Lora Hotel
Opportunity Housing Partnership (OHP)
Press House Apartments
The Depot

Faribault

The City of Faribault has found a niche with advanced manufacturing, food production, and foreign direct investment. With a number of multi-million dollar industrial projects completed in 2018 and on the books for 2019 the City is fortunate to continue to expand upon and build the relationships with both our existing and new businesses and industries. With a growing need for available land and large scale industrial projects, the City of Faribault worked with a private property owner to annex nearly 250 acres of land for industrial development. This new available land, known as the Met-Con Business Park, will add to the portfolio of the existing industrial park which saw significant investment leading into 2018 with a $150 million project completed by Faribault Foods in 2017. The newly annexed land will be served by City sewer and water, delivering to both the available land for potential business prospects, as well as the new Daikin Applied Air manufacturing plant. In 2018, Faribault was announced as the location for Daikin Applied Air’s new manufacturing facility. The location search included Mexico, Southern United States and Minnesota, ultimately Faribault was chosen due to the existing relationship with Daikin. Faribault is home to a current Daikin manufacturing plant which employs more than 500 high-skilled workers.

Finalists

Apple Valley
Blaine
Faribault
Fridley

Jr. Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) had spent 18 years in their Maplewood headquarters. Removed from the urban core, the organization sought a new location that would connect them to the community in a more meaningful, visible and relevant way. In 2014, they started the search for a new site, and what they envisioned would be a long-term location for their program. Finding the perfect property was the challenge. Together a solution was found in an unsuspecting 1916 brownstone building on University Ave. in St. Paul, located directly off the Green Line transit circulation. The building had stood through multiple rounds of tenants and renovations through the years, but offered promisingly large, open floorplates and immense amounts of daylight. Originally home to an old printing company, the building had its fair share of archived quirks and disjointed floorplates riddled with unsightly mushroom columns. But it’s charm and good bones couldn’t be denied. And so began the imaginative renovation process.

Project Team

RSP Architects, Architect
Mortenson, Contractor
Ericksen Roed & Associates, Engineer
Emanuelson-Podas, Inc., Engineer
Michelle McGuire, Bridging Project Management, LLC, Other

Finalists

Jr. Achievement of the Upper Midwest
NewStudio Architecture
Sleep Number Corporate Headquarters
Wagner SprayTech

Daikin Applied Air – Faribault, MN

The City of Faribault is excited to partner with Daikin Applied Air for the expansion of a 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This project will convert an existing warehouse to advanced manufacturing. Not only does this manufacturing facility expand current operation in Faribault, this project allows the existing facility in Faribault to remain open and continue to manufacture HVAC technologies in a more efficient manner. In addition to allowing the company to accomplish its overall business goal of becoming the number one market shareholder in the competitive HVAC marketplace. This is a unique situation where the existing Daikin facility is not equipped to handle the type of expansion needed for the new product to be introduced at the project location. In order to best accommodate the needs of the company and product, a new manufacturing facility with built-in capacity for growth and applied technologies is curcial to the success and growth of Daikin in Southern Minnesota. Job creation and retention is of the utmost importance in Faribault.

Project Team

Deanna Kuennen, City of Faribault, Government Agency
Samantha Markman, City of Faribault, Government Agency
Will Fort, Daikin Applied, Owner
Jim Glen, Daikin Applied, Owner
Len Worms, Daikin Applied, Owner

Finalists

Daikin Applied Air – Faribault, MN
Guardian Angels Riverview Landing
Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center

Anne Olson, IRET

In July 2018, Anne Olson was tapped as Chief Operations Officer of IRET during a critical point in the organization. IRET was just coming out of 20 consecutive down quarters and consistent with the rest of her career, Anne’s shift into the executive team was the catalyst to its turnaround and a positive result for the next 5 quarters. Her impressive experience as legal counsel at two of the top firms in Minneapolis as well as her previous role as Director of Investment Operations and Counsel for Welsh Companies gives Anne a global view and skill set rarely seen at this early stage of a career. Anne succeeds by focusing on team collaboration, inspiring each of her colleagues to be engaged and successful in both individual goals as well as the larger goals of her organization. From the origins of her career, Anne has been known for her selfless advocacy in launching and advancing the professional paths of her wide network of colleagues and friends. This rare and unique approach and keen sense of people and industry has resulted in both the rapid ascension in her career as well as success of those around her. This is evidenced early in her career when she was the inspiration for creating WON (Women Opportunity Network) as well as in her current role. Anne impacts everyone she touches and continues to be the first call whenever important decisions are considered. This includes colleagues, friends and family. Her willingness to put everyone’s needs in front of her own interests remain an important hallmark of her personality.

Finalists

Kerry Bruggemann, Michaud Cooley Erickson
Kjersten Jaeb, Cushman & Wakefield
Jaclyn May, Cushman & Wakefield
Anne Olson, IRET
Jill K. Rasmussen, Davis

365 Nicollet

Located on the north end of Nicollet Mall between the Minneapolis CBD and the vibrant North Loop neighborhood, 365 Nicollet takes luxury living to a new level in downtown Minneapolis. The 30-story, high-rise building includes 9,500 square feet of retail and 370 units, ranging from alcove units to three bedroom penthouse suites with condo-level finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows and quartz countertops. The architectural design showcases a dynamic form through a patterned elevation of layered repeating balcony profiles. The precast and glass tower sits at the corner of Nicollet and 4th Avenue, intersecting a podium revealing linear strips of glass. Units begin on level three and continue through level 30. The stepped tower helps increase corner units, vistas and daylighting opportunities. The lobby entrance is identified with an illuminated glass column, creating a recessed entry for resident access and drop-off. Retail space, a skyway lobby, resident lobby and additional resident amenity space activates the street frontage in the downtown core.

Project Team

Matt Rauenhorst, Opus Development Company, Developer
Dean Newins, Opus AE Group, L.L.C., Architect
Doug Woolf, Opus AE Group, L.L.C., Engineer
Beth Duyvejonck, Opus Design Build, L.L.C., Contractor

Finalists

365 Nicollet
De La Pointe
East End
HQ Apartments
Mezzo
NordHaus Apartments
The Julia

Bill Katter, United Properties

A commercial real estate mover and shaker with a proficiency for wrestling down complex development projects, Bill Katter has helped position United Properties as the powerhouse it is today. With his steady hand on the wheel, Bill is leading his team as it reshapes downtown Minneapolis, among other communities, with vibrant places for people to live, work and play. 2018 was certainly no exception. At the corner of 3rd and Nicollet, Bill is developing The Gateway, which, at 34-stories once complete, will be the tallest building to be erected in Minneapolis since the 1990s. His expertise and diligence have moved the project through significant negotiation and entitlement milestones, including securing lead office tenant RBC Wealth Management as well as bringing the first Four Seasons hotel to the Twin Cities. Bill’s tenacity on The Gateway project also includes overcoming entitlement challenges and potential roadblocks that might have stopped other developers in their tracks. For example, when the City challenged the project’s ability to include a porte cochere to allow vehicles to pull into the site to drop off guests, Bill and his team appealed and won on the importance of this and other features like skyway access and building signage. With United Properties’ Creating Deep Roots brand statement as the backdrop, Bill continues to confidently navigate through the complexities of The Gateway project to make a difference in downtown Minneapolis.

Finalists

Bob Fransen, Timberland Partners
David Frauenshuh, Frauenshuh, Inc.
Bill Katter, United Properties
Mike Ohmes, Cushman & Wakefield
Joe Ryan, Oppidan Investment Company
Steve Wellington, Wellington Management, Inc

Ackerberg Group

2018 was an exciting year for ACKERBERG. We successfully launched our second investment fund, Ackerberg Investors Fund II, and purchased the first six assets of this new fund in markets such as Plymouth, Edina, Uptown, and St Paul. We continued to renovate and reposition many of our existing assets, continuing to focus on fresh feeling buildings, and artful spaces. One of our existing projects was honored in the Building Energy Challenge by the City of Minneapolis, another was selected as a Top Project by Finance & Commerce, and ACKERBERG itself was honored by the Lake Street Council as a Community Impact award winner. In addition to all of that, the most exciting part of 2018 was our ability to complete and open a project known as MoZaic East. MoZaic East is a Class A office development in Uptown, developed speculatively, which opened in 2018. It is an eight-floor structure containing approximately 200,000 SF, including underground executive parking and outdoor patios on all floors. The first floor is largely hospitality style common areas, along with retail spaces. This interior common space was created to provide third space areas and lounge amenity, away from a tenant’s primary work environment. These spaces are modern, warm, comfortable, progressive and edgy.

Finalists

Bob Fransen, Timberland Partners
David Frauenshuh, Frauenshuh, Inc.
Bill Katter, United Properties
Mike Ohmes, Cushman & Wakefield
Joe Ryan, Oppidan Investment Company
Steve Wellington, Wellington Management, Inc

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