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The Walkway named a Top Project of 2013 by Finance & Commerce

The Walkway in Uptown Minneapolis, designed by BKV Group

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.

Read the full article here.

Finance & Commerce features The Penfield as a Top Project of 2013

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.


Finance and Commerce feature: http://finance-commerce.com/2014/08/top-projects-the-penfield/

View more on Penfield here: http://www.thepenfieldapts.com/


Finance & Commerce features ElseWarehouse as a Top Project of 2013

“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.

ElseWarehouse exterior entry

The Finance & Commerce article can be found here:


Cananagh Senior Apartments Ground Breaking


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.

A Lively Panel Discussion in NY on Housing Market


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

A Vision Realized—58 Years in the Making: One Southdale Place Apartments

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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.

To read the complete article, as seen June 16, 2014 at Multi-Housing News Online, click here: http://www.multihousingnews.com/features/a-vision-realized-58-years-in-the-making-one-southdale-place-apartments/1004103903.html

Best Marketing Minds in USGBC put their Heads Together for the #TagNCR Marketing Breakfast

Brainstorming at USGBC-NCR

Brainstorming at USGBC-NCR

Some of the best minds across the green building industry joined forces in a brainstorming session to help USGBC-NCR’s re-branding efforts.  The group, gathered by the USGBC-National Capital Region Chapter in Washington, DC, produced a wealth of ideas for taglines and upcoming marketing campaigns.


Ecumen Proposes New Senior Development for Downtown


Ecumen Proposes New Senior Development for Downtown

Ecumen recently submitted plans for the new BKV Group designed senior housing in downtown Minneapolis as reported by Finance & Commerce.

The site at 428 S. Second St. in Minneapolis is owned by the city and currently used as a parking lot. Nonprofit Ecumen has proposed a five-story, 149-unit senior housing complex on the site to address the deficit of quality senior housing options near the downtown business district.  As announced by Finance & Commerce, the new campus would provide seniors “better access to public transportation and several other downtown amenities” and spark a transition of new senior development from the suburbs to the city.  BKV Group is proud to provide additional urban living design solutions to the community and be a part of the Ecumen project.


Rochester Fire Station Groundbreaking

Rochester Fire Station


The City of Rochester and Rochester Fire Department broke ground today on the new BKV Group designed Rochester Fire Station and regional Emergency Operations Center to replace the existing number 2 station on Silver Lake Drive.  Construction is expected to be completed by January 2015. The Rochester Fire Department (RFD) needs a replacement for Station #2 due to lack of space and it no longer being appropriately located.  After studying the issues and getting inspired at the Station Style Conference in Phoenix, RFD conducted a national search for a design team and selected BKV Group, who teamed with local firm Kane Johnson Architects and Civil Engineers McGhie Betts.

While large, the selected new site is complicated by dramatic topography and access issues off of a County-controlled street.  The City plans to sell off the remainder of the property to retail developers, therefore BKV Group conducted initial master-planning to define a street bisecting the property, with the fire station at the steepest part of the parcel, which will enable a walk-out level. The program includes a new Emergency Operations Center, which will also be available as a large conferencing area for City staff and a backup regional dispatch center both of which will be protected from external threats.  These spaces are tentatively located in the walk-out level, allowing separate access to enable an additional level of security for the fire station.  The fire station will have three or four double-deep drive-through apparatus bays and six dorm rooms with jack-and-jill bathrooms.  The station will incorporate many training opportunities including a five-story training tower, and will serve as an EMS supply depot and hose/ladder testing station for the entire department.

BKV Group engaged the Firefighter’s Advisory group throughout the process, touring newly completed fire stations in the Twin Cities, hosting a design visioning workshop, and soliciting comments on the size and equipment in each room as well as preliminary building layouts.