City green lights Weidner multifamily development in Minneapolis

April 21st, 2016


Washington-based Weidner Apartment Homes is one step closer to breaking ground on a new multifamily development in Minneapolis, which will include an 18,500-square-foot interior courtyard loaded with green space and recreational amenities. Designed by BKV Group, the upcoming “1400 Park” community will include a mix of market-rate one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as 13 studios and nine penthouse suites.

Construction is expected to begin in November and wrap up by January 2018. We’re excited to partner with Weidner on this new project. >> Check out the full MHN article

The renovation of the Arcade Building in St. Louis is featured in MFE Magazine

April 19th, 2016


The Arcade Apartments project was recently highlighted by MFE Magazine. BKV Group had the opportunity to work on helping bring this historic building back to life. In 2014, Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer that had successfully completed other adaptive-reuse projects in St. Louis, purchased the building. Throughout the process, they overcame significant challenges to transform this 1913 structure in downtown St. Louis into a successful mixed-use high-rise with artists’ lofts and studios, market-rate units, and university satellite space.

“The beautiful Arcade Building seemed a logical step after our prior work [in St. Louis], since it was larger,” says Dominium’s Jeff Huggett, project partner and vice president of development and acquisitions.

Among the toughest challenges was carving out the building’s 282 residential units, since few floors were the same, which meant the floor plans couldn’t be repeated easily. The building now reflects a look back—and forward. See what BKV Group interiors partner, Melissa Metzler has to say about the transformation. >> Read the full MFE article

Innovation in Urban Mid-Rise Housing: 4th & L

December 9th, 2015


4th & L Street Apartments is a new 10-story, 133-unit apartment building in the Mount Vernon Triangle district of Washington, DC. The BKV team designed and engineered the building using our innovative steel stud system, which allows for buildings that are taller than wood and more economical than concrete. Paired with our integrated design services, 4th & L is a model for smarter construction on urban sites and higher ROI for developers.

Watch the video to learn about the potential of this exciting design system.


3 BKV Projects Win Multi-Family Executive Awards

November 4th, 2015

We’re proud to announce that three BKV projects were winners at the 2015 Multi-Family Executive (MFE) Awards.

Congratulations to everyone involved with these great projects!

Read MFE’s articles on the winners here.


Adaptive Reuse: From Office Buildings to Multifamily

September 16th, 2015


Empty office buildings, meet adaptive reuse.

The BKV team worked with Promark Real Estate Services to design the recently completed Octave 1320, an office-to-condo conversion project in Silver Spring, Maryland. We preserved the building’s basic structure, but completely rehabbed the interior into 102 one- and two-bedroom units.  The condos offer modern finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, and flexible features such as movable granite islands and movable wall partitions.  Octave 1320 also has a first-floor clubroom, a bike storage room, and a roof deck with a pool and skyline views.

With open floor plans and affordable list prices, these condos are geared toward first-time buyers — and the price was right for the developer, too.  The foundation and support structures were kept intact, and the construction time (about 12 months) was much faster than new construction.

Click below to learn more about the benefits of office conversion projects:


Photos: Insider Tour of the A-Mill Artist Lofts

August 28th, 2015

The Pillsbury A-Mill, constructed in 1881 by Charles A. Pillsbury, is one of the most iconic remnants of Minneapolis’ rich milling history. Despite being designated as a National Historic Landmark, the mill fell into disrepair after production ceased in 2003. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the A-Mill on its list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Dominium purchased the building in 2013. Now, BKV and the developer are transforming the historic mill into the A-Mill Artist Lofts. This affordable housing community will offer 255 live-work apartments and amenity spaces geared toward artists, including art galleries, clay studios, painting studios, a photography studio, digital media studios, vocal and instrumental sound booths, dance practice studios, and a performance hall.

New interventions on the buildings are being completed in a way that respects the historic and raw industrial character of the buildings. The lower level of the A-Mill will house a new interpretive museum that will tell the story of the complex and the role of water power in milling.  Two new primary entrances feature extruded metal volumes that recall industrial chutes found within the buildings and respect the industrial character of the site.

Joel Otto, a member of BKV’s Construction Administration team, led a group of staff on an exclusive tour of this exciting project, which is slated for completion later this year. Click through the photo gallery above!

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Partner Jack Boarman Moderating Panel at Bisnow BASH15

June 1st, 2015

Bash 15 Jack Boarman BKV Group

BKV Group founder and partner Jack Boarman, AIA, is moderating a panel tomorrow at BASH15 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The panel, “Urban Infill Developments,” will cover the ins and outs of these often complex projects, from best practices to collaborating with developers to find smart design solutions.

Attending? Don’t miss this exciting panel from 11:00-11:45 AM!

Jack Boarman Architect BKV GroupAbout Jack Boarman:

Jack Boarman founded BKV Group in 1978 and over the last 36 years has worked to expand it to include 120 professionals working on projects throughout the United States. Jack continues to lead the firm’s national multi-housing practice group in a holistic team approach in pursuit of innovative urban design. Jack and his team focus their designs on the neighborhood as a whole, intertwining transit-oriented development, and neighborhood community – building with creative residential developments that reflect today’s urban lifestyle living. Jack frequently speaks as an expert on student and multi-family housing.

Contact Jack. 


Four BKV Projects Among Top Projects of 2014

May 22nd, 2015

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.


9 Ways to Celebrate Architecture this Spring

April 15th, 2015
Downtown Minneapolis
From historic architecture tours to pub crawls, Minneapolis has plenty of events to offer this spring. | Photo: m01229, via Creative Commons.

It’s National Architecture Week, but why limit the celebration to just seven days? 
Here are nine great ways to expand your architectural horizons this spring in three major cities — which also happen to be home to our offices.


  • Spring & Summer: Explore with Preserve Minneapolis | Preserve Minneapolis is a local preservationist group that offers tours, events, and regular Happy Hours with a Preservationist. Their events often offer behind-the-scenes looks at ongoing renovations and restorations.
  • May 11: Tour the new St. Paul Saints Stadium | Are you a fan of both baseball and architecture? Get a first look at the brand new CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints. The stadium is located in historic Lowertown St. Paul, and visitors will see how the ballpark really works, from the kitchens to locker rooms and batting cages.
  • June 2: Minneapolis History Pub Crawl | Visit historic buildings and learn about the city’s architectural & social history while enjoying a drink (or two) with the Minnesota Historical Society.


BKV Group at the 9th Annual Skyway Open

March 6th, 2015
Don’t miss Mall Ball, BKV Group’s hole at the 2015 Skyway Open!

The 2015 Skyway Open is in full swing in downtown Minneapolis! This annual event benefits The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and features custom mini golf holes designed by local businesses and organizations. This year, teams of golfers can try their luck at 15 unique holes, including BKV Group’s pinball-inspired creation.

Our team worked overtime to design and build a full-size pinball machine with lights, music, and holes that determine golfers’ scores. (To get a Hole-in-One, for example, golfers must send their ball shooting up the “Skyway.”) The pinball graphics were inspired by both the future Nicollet Mall redesign and the mall’s history as a transit and pedestrian hub. Players can also spot downtown landmarks, from the Mary Tyler Moore statue to the Holidazzle and the Farmer’s Market. Check out the photos below.