Schmidt Artist Lofts, Lime, The Marshall, and One Southdale Place have all been named among the Finance & Commerce Top Projects of 2014. The list, which was released earlier this week, includes a wide variety of projects such as the new Alexandria High School, the METRO Green Line, and the Surly Destination Brewery. Finance & Commerce will release profiles on each project throughout the summer and fall. Congratulations to all the winners!
Schmidt Artist Lofts:
The adaptive reuse of the Schmidt Brewery into affordable artist lofts continues the rich tradition of a 100-year-old Saint Paul landmark. The design scope involved restoring the structures’ exteriors, which feature crenellated towers and Gothic details, and converting the Brew House and Bottling House into 247 loft-style units. 13 townhomes with corbeled eaves and low-pitched roofs were also added to the site to provide a total of 260 units.
The design concept was driven by a respect of the historic beauty of the buildings, and integrating state-of-the-art infrastructure for the artists. Brewery equipment was left in place where possible and highlighted with accent lighting to bring the old relics back to life. A variety of contemporary, welcoming seating and gathering areas allow residents to lounge and work. Bright colors derived from the Schmidt Brewing Companies’ original advertisement campaigns were used throughout.
Read more about Schmidt Artist Lofts.
The mixed-use project is located at the heart of the vibrant LynLake neighborhood. It is a six-story community with retail and restaurant space on the first floor. Floors two through six have 171 units of market-rate rental housing. Below grade, on two levels, is the parking garage with capacity for 242 cars.
This location presented a unique opportunity to connect with the neighborhood’s diversity, charm, and walkability/bikeability — including the nearby collection of local theaters, restaurants, bars, and shops that border the property to the south and east, and the Midtown Greenway cycling and walking corridor that defines the property’s northern edge. Lime residents also have great access to the rest of Uptown and the Chain of Lakes located a few blocks to the west.
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Along with our partners, we transformed the 1920s-era John Marshall High School property into The Marshall, a modern collegiate apartment community featuring one-of-a-kind amenities and the nation’s first TargetExpress.
Located just north of the University of Minnesota campus, this 316-unit, 994-bed community features bright, dynamic living spaces. At 563,838 SF, it was the state’s largest off-campus housing complex upon opening in July 2014. It is equipped with 300 underground parking spaces for residents and retail. We also designed 50,000 SF of green space, including four outdoor courtyards — more than any other in the market — that feature a gazebo, an outdoor TV lounge, a sand volleyball court, zen gardens, and grilling areas.
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One Southdale Place:
One Southdale Place fits the modern lifestyle community in Edina and used high-density steel stud construction to make the development financially viable. The community’s three buildings of varying stories show liveliness, variety of choice and a neighborhood feel. Units feature nine-foot ceilings, open floor plans, luxurious finishes including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, oversized windows, and terraces in each unit. The main entrance is constructed entirely of glass to highlight the courtyard beyond.
Creating a design to accommodate the number of units needed to make the project viable as well as the expectation of high-end modern living was a challenge the team relished. The architects and engineers had been developing a building system to specifically meet the need for a mid-rise building, which was the most compatible for the project and the City. The new system uses steel-stud system instead of a wood-frame or concrete structure.
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