Finance & Commerce names Top Projects of 2015

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The complicated conversion of a former mill into affordable housing and the new St. Paul Saints ballpark are among the Top Projects of 2015 honorees announced Thursday by Finance & Commerce.

The A Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis and CHS Field in St. Paul are among 26 projects selected for the annual honors. To be eligible, the projects had to be completed by the end of 2015.An independent panel of judges looked at degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.

The projects will be featured in a series of stories and photos in the Minneapolis-based Finance & Commerce daily newspaper and starting in July. The people and companies behind the projects also will be honored at an Oct. 19 event at the Minneapolis Event Center.

The 2015 honorees:

4Marq Apartments
400 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis
Description: 30-story downtown apartment tower
Owner: AIG Global Real Estate
Contractor: Mortenson
Architect: UrbanWorks Architecture LLC
Engineer: Premier Electric Co., Palanisami & Associates, Sunde Engineering

A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 Main St. SE, Minneapolis
Description: Conversion of historic Pillsbury “A” Mill into affordable apartments
Owner: Dominium
Contractor: Weis Builders
Architect: BKV Group
Engineer: BKV Group

Chaska Curling & Event Center
3210 Chaska Blvd., Chaska
Description: 45,000-square-foot new facility
Owner: City of Chaska
Contractor: Kraus-Anderson
Architect: 292 Design Group
Engineer: Nelson Rudie & Associates

CHS Field
360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul
Description: New ballpark for St. Paul Saints baseball team
Owner: City of St. Paul, St. Paul Saints
Contractor: Ryan Cos. US Inc.
Architect: Ryan, Snow Kreilich, AECOM
Engineer: Ericksen Roed & Associates, Schadegg Mechanical, Hunt Electric

Crystal Public Works
5001 W. Broadway Ave., Crystal
Description: New public works facility
Owner: City of Crystal
Contractor: Big D Construction
Architect: Kodet Architectural Group
Engineer: Cain Thomas Associates

DC Group Headquarters
1977 West River Road, Minneapolis
Description: 30,000-square-foot addition and renovation
Owner: DC Group
Contractor: Greiner Construction
Architect: UrbanWorks Architecture
Engineer: Mattson MacDonald Young, Steen Engineering, Loucks Associates

Fairview Southdale Carl N. Platou Emergency Center
6401 France Ave. S., Edina
Description: 65,000-square-foot emergency room expansion
Owner: Fairview Southdale Hospital
Contractor: Knutson Construction
Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers
Engineer: Dunham Associates

Highlight Center
807 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis
Description: Conversion of former 170,000-square-foot Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters, once a lightbulb factory, into creative office space
Owner: Hillcrest Development
Contractor: Hillcrest
Architect: RoehrSchmitt Architecture and Tanek Architects
Engineer: N/A

Jordan Middle School
500 Sunset Drive, Jordan
Description: $35 million expansion and renovation
Owner: Jordan Public Schools
Contractor: Wenck Construction Inc.
Architect: DLR Group
Engineer: DLR Group

Kandiyohi County Landfill Leachate Treatment System
15650 Highway 71 NE, New London
Owner: Kandiyohi County
Contractor: Marcus Construction
Architect: Clark Engineering Corp.
Engineer: Clark Engineering

M Health Clinics & Surgery Center
909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis
Description: Five-story, 342,000-square-foot center on University of Minnesota campus
Owner: University of Minnesota
Contractor: McGough Construction
Architect: CannonDesign
Engineer: Affiliated Engineers

Mayo Clinic Square
600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Description: Conversion of former Block E entertainment complex into Mayo Sports Medicine Clinic, the headquarters and practice facilities for Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx teams, and office and retail space
Owner: Camelot LLC
Contractor: Mortenson
Architect: AECOM, RSP Architects
Engineer: Dunham Associates, Ericksen Roed & Associates, Schadegg Mechanical Inc., Parsons Electric

Midway YMCA
1761 University Ave., St. Paul
Description: New 53,572-square-foot new facility
Owner: YMCA of Greater Twin Cities
Contractor: McGough Construction
Architect: Lawal Scott Erickson Architects Inc.
Engineer: Clark Engineering Corp., Ramaker & Associates, Karges-Faulconbridge, Pierce Pini & Associates

Northern Stacks I
4800 East River Road, Fridley
Description: First building in massive redevelopment of 122-acre Superfund site and former home of Northern Pump Co.
Owner: Hyde Development
Contractor: Mortenson
Architect: Mohagen Hansen Architecture
Engineer: Westwood Professional Services, Reigstad & Associates

Owatonna Public Utilities Power Plant Repurposing
208 Walnut Ave. S., Owatonna
Description: Renovation of historic power plant into utilities’ offices and a public service center
Owner: Owatonna Public Utilities
Contractor: Rocon Inc.
Architect: Leo A Daly
Engineer: Leo A Daly

Pine Island Elementary School
8749 125th St. NW, Pine Island
Description: New pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade school
Owner: Pine Island Public Schools
Contractor: Kraus-Anderson
Architect: Wendel Companies
Engineer: Dolejs Associates Inc., Larson Engineering

PrairieCare Child Psychiatric Hospital
9400 Zane Ave. N.
Description: New 50-bed facility
Owner: IRET Properties
Contractor: R.J. Ryan Construction Co.
Architect: Pope Architects
Engineer: Clark Engineering, Egan, Legacy

St. Louis County Government Services Center
320 W. Second St., Duluth
Description: Renovation of 160,000-square-foot center
Owner: St. Louis County
Contractor: Johnson-Wilson Constructors
Architect: Perkins+Will
Engineer: Gausman & Moore

St. Paul Academy & Summit School Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
Description: New performing arts center
Owner: St. Paul Academy & Summit School
Contractor: McGough Construction
Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers
Engineer: HGA (structural and civil); Michaud Cooley Erickson (mechanical and electrical)

The Good Acre
1790 Larpenteur Ave. W., Falcon Heights
Description: Nonprofit food hub facility that gives farmers access to equipment, coolers and processing stations to prep produce for delivery
Owner: Pohlad Family Foundation
Contractor: RJM Construction
Architect: LHB Architects
Engineer: G.R. Mechanical, Premier Electrical

The Rose
1920 Portland Ave., Minneapolis
Description: “Ultra-sustainable” mixed-income apartments
Owner: Aeon
Contractor: Weis Builders
Architect: MSR
Engineer: Karges-Faulconbridge

Upper Post Veterans Community
Fort Snelling, 6210 Bloomington Road
Description: Transformation of five deteriorating buildings into housing for homeless veterans and their families
Owner: CBVA Minneapolis Limited Partnership
Contractor: Sand Cos. LLC
Architect: Sand Architects & Miller Dunwiddie Architects
Engineer: Lindell Engineering

Vintage on Selby
1555 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Description: Five-story apartment building with Whole Foods Market
Owner: Ryan Cos. US Inc., Excelsior Group, Prudential Real Estate
Contractor: Ryan
Architect: ESG Architects
Engineer: BKBM Engineers

Webber Park – Natural Filtration Swimming Pool
4400 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis
Description: Demolition of old pool with natural filtration pool that uses bio-simulated wetlands to clean water
Owner: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Contractor: L.S. Black Constructors
Architect: Collaborative Design Group
Engineer: Landform

Webster Elementary Conversion to K5-3K Prototype
425 Fifth St. NE, Minneapolis
Description: $15.7 million renovation
Owner: Minneapolis Public Schools
Contractor: Donlar Construction
Architect: TSP Architects and Engineers
Engineer: TSP

Xcel Energy Midtown Substation Enclosure
2840 Oakland Ave., Minneapolis
Description: Artistic enclosure of power substation
Owner: Xcel Energy
Contractor: Fabcon Precast, Camelot Metals, MG McGrath
Architect: Alliiance
Engineer: Emanuelson-Podas, Ulteig Engineers

By: Finance & Commerce Staff
Date: May 26, 2016
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