A view of the proposed building along Hennepin Avenue.
We’re excited to be part of Doran Companies’ proposal for the Nicollet Hotel Block in downtown Minneapolis! The design intertwines the best of today’s urban lifestyle and includes a glass-clad mixed-use tower, a beautiful transit-oriented plaza, and space for retail, restaurants, and a hotel.
The Nicollet Hotel Block takes its name from the historic Nicollet Hotel, which was built in the early 1900s. Together, the hotel and adjacent Gateway Park once marked the beginning of the Gateway District. The hotel was demolished in 1991, however, and the property currently holds a surface parking lot.
The Gateway District has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, making the Nicollet Hotel Block a prime spot for a pivotal project. City planners hope to transform the underused block into a new cultural, transit, and event hub. Their design requirements included a building of at least 20 stories, a plaza/outdoor space, and room for retail and a hotel.
This development will complement the upcoming Nicollet Mall redesign and the proposed modern streetcar line, and it will also blend with the Mall’s green space plans.
Check out our renderings below and stay tuned for updates!
Why this project made the list: “…the mill’s adaptive reuse into affordable live-work artist housing—by the developer Dominium Co., with architects from BKV Group—provides a good reason for preservationists to celebrate. The complex will also include studios and performance spaces,” Phillip Koski, The Line.
This project is an exciting opportunity to preserve a Minneapolis landmark while providing affordable housing for artists, which will continue to encourage the Twin Cities’ vibrant arts scene. The site is located at the heart of the former flour capital of the world — in downtown Minneapolis on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. The anchor of the site is the original Pillsbury A-Mill constructed in 1881 by Charles A Pillsbury. The building is constructed of Platville limestone and features a distinctive bow of over two feet in both plan and section as a result of poor engineering and the qualities of the stone exterior. The A-Mill is designated as a National Landmark, and the eight other structures on the site are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The A-Mill Artist Lofts will feature 255 affordable artist housing units along with common art spaces 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. The plan for the lower level of the A-Mill is a new Interpretive Museum that will tell the story of the complex and the role of water power in milling. New interventions on the buildings will be done in a way that respects the historic and raw industrial character of the buildings. Two new primary entrances feature extruded metal volumes that recall industrial chutes found within the buildings and respect the industrial character of the site.
Two BKV Group staff members are participating in this year’s AIA MN Conference. Image credit: AIA MN
The 2014 AIA Minnesota Convention is taking place from now until November 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year’s theme is ACCESS EXCELLENCE, and the program centers on sharing the wealth of information within our industry to encourage us to grow as professionals.
This year, two BKV Group staff members are participating in the convention! If you’re attending the conference, be sure to stop by these exciting events.
We all know millennials have different workplace needs, learning styles, and career goals than previous generations. So what can the architecture industry do to engage new talent? Gretchen is participating in a panel called “Engaging the Next Generation of Architects” (Event 38) to discuss ways to encourage, educate, and retain the next generation of architects. The panel will speak from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 13.
An Architects Stories from the Mill City Museum Construction
John Stark, AIA, Managing Architect
Want to get the inside scoop on one of Minneapolis’ most treasured historic buildings? John is leading a walking tour exclusively for Construction History Society of America members. The tour, called “An Architect’s Stories from the Mill City Museum Construction,” will take you through the construction history and process of rehabilitating the mill ruins along St. Anthony Falls into the popular Mill City Museum. You’ll also get an exclusive glimpse of the A-Mill Artist Lofts, an exciting adaptive reuse of the old Pillsbury A-Mill that’s currently under construction. CHSA members can join John from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13.
A rendering of Rochester, MN’s new Fire Station No. 2, which is currently under construction.
Spotted: A BKV Group project in the news! The new Fire Station No. 2 in Rochester, MN is under construction and on track to be completed by early 2015. This station will significantly expand Rochester’s fire fighting operations and provide more space for training and meetings.
The Rochester Fire Department’s existing Station No. 2 was too small and no longer appropriately located. The department needed new, up-to-date facilities that would also allow for future growth. After studying the issues and researching the latest design trends, the Rochester Fire Department conducted a national search for a design team. They selected BKV Group, who teamed with local firms Kane Johnson Architects and civil engineer McGhie Betts. The project is currently in schematic design, aided by advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.
The Walkway, a BKV Group project, is a mixed-use apartment complex in Uptown Minneapolis.
The Walkway, a luxury apartment building designed by BKV Group, was named a Top Project of 2013 by Finance & Commerce. The apartments are located in Minneapolis’ bustling Uptown district, where residents can take advantage of the area’s many restaurants, bars, shops and bike trails. The Walkway’s top-of-the-line amenities include everything from a concierge and private bar to a decked out “splash deck” and terrace. Units are finished with sophisticated details like teak cabinets, quartz countertops and hardwood floors — but the building’s most eye-catching detail is a cantilevered, clear-sided hot tub that hangs over the sidewalk below.
The Penfield is one of the first market rate mixed-use projects constructed in downtown Saint Paul in 20 years. The City of Saint Paul stepped in as the developer after initial plans for a condo project went cold and the project couldn’t be developed privately. The project covers an entire city block bounded by 10th, Minnesota, 11th and Robert Streets. With 254 apartment units and a Lunds grocery store on the street level, the transit-oriented development project is located one block from the 10th and Cedar Station of the Green Line LRT. The project is seeking LEED Silver Certification.
“ElseWarehouse was a unique opportunity and a unique building,” said Brent Rogers, vice president of Greco Real Estate Development. “It has great components such as large windows, interesting floor plans and unique location in the North Loop, which is just a great neighborhood.”
Greco hired BKV Group for this $30 Million historic renovation. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building has been renewed with innovative features such as a two-story atria, intimate alcoves for social gathering, and a glass-encased rooftop clubroom and rooftop skypark, providing panoramic views of the Minneapolis skyline.
ElseWarehouse, defines new urban living for the young professional, and redefines the idea of ‘Green building’ by repurposing existing infrastructure to revitalize an urban neighborhood. ElseWare proves it can be AnyWhere, as a model of creative adaptive reuse for urban place-making and sustainability.
BKV Group joins Dominium Development today at the ground breaking of the 130-unit independent living senior project in Crystal, MN. Cavanagh Senior Apartments will be a 4-story, U-shaped building with underground parking. Residents will enjoy a community/club room with kitchen, fitness facility, theatre, library, card room, craft room, wood working room, salon and an exterior landscaped courtyard.
New Construction, Development & Condo Conversions: Are Developers Breaking Ground on New Projects and How are Opportunities Playing out in the Condo Conversions Market?
Jack Boarman, AIA NCARB, Partner at BKV Group is participating in this lively panel discussion today, June 26th, in New York, NY.Representing BKV Group’s 36 years of housing experience, Jack brings a wealth of market knowledge, perspectives on the challenges, and insights into trends and opportunities.He is joined by leading investors and developers who are active in the New York housing market. http://www.bkvgroup.com/projects/housing.php
The American shopping mall—considered by many to be the most influential architectural development of the last 100 years—was first designed and built in Edina, Minnesota, an affluent suburb bordering Minneapolis. After its immediate commercial success in 1958, Southdale Center soon became the model for building malls throughout the world. Now it is transforming its iconic status into the center of a suburban/urban revival with the addition of One Southdale Place, a luxurious multi-family housing development built around a re-envisioned mall. Together, this new live-work-play hub promotes high-end retail, luxury living and a sophisticated culture while realizing a 50-year-old idea. Simon Malls is partnering with housing developer StuartCo and award-winning architect BKV Group to create a development that attracts the esteemed fundamentals of the Edina community back to Southdale Center.