BKV News

Cananagh Senior Apartments Ground Breaking

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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

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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

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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.

http://usgbcncr.org/news/best-marketing-minds-in-green-building-put-their-heads-together-for-the-tagncr-marketing-breakfast/

Ecumen Proposes New Senior Development for Downtown

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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.

http://finance-commerce.com/2014/05/ecumen-plans-senior-rentals-in-downtown/

Rochester Fire Station Groundbreaking

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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.

Morrow Park City Apartments Breaks Ground

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Morrow Park City Apartments broke ground this week in Pittsburgh, PA.  BKV Group is excited to work with Village Green to bring new luxury urban multifamily housing to downtown Pittsburgh.  The Morrow Park City Apartments consists of 213 units in a 6-story podium building — 5-stories of wood-frame construction over one level of precast. The project contains 177 parking stalls in two levels of underground parking of precast concrete and a perimeter seacant foundation system. The Building is an NAHB Green Building.  The modern design draws influences from the broader mosaic and patchwork of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, as well as Bloomfield’s convergence of commercial establishments, distinctive homes and churches, and the immediate adjacency on automobile row and its industry of assembly, craft and machinery. The exterior is defined through an organic patterning of materials—smooth and corrugated metal, brick, steel, cement board, and glass, weaved together to create an industrial aesthetic that is dynamic, yet familiar. The design anchors the important node at Liberty Avenue and Baum Boulevard and becomes a defining gateway into Bloomfield.

The interior reinforces the aesthetic of industry reflecting the new immigrant—the young professional, not yet willing to quite settle down, but who still wants to be a part of a new dynamic contemporary living environment, as well as an established neighborhood that has a sense of place. Amenities include a boutique-style lobby and clubroom, concierge and leasing, fitness, indoor pool, a vibrant outdoor courtyard with a bar, firepit, cabanas, water features, and a complimentary zen garden.

 

Business Journal – Morrow Park City Apartments Groundbreaking

Lunds Now Open at The Penfield

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Lunds is now open at The Penfield in downtown St. Paul.  The 27,000-square-foot supermarket, at115 E. 10th St., is on the ground level of The Penfield.  The Penfield is a $62 million BKV Group project of 254 apartments developed by the City of St. Paul.   The Penfield is one of the first market rate mixed-use residential projects in downtown St. Paul in 20 years. The project covers an entire city block, bounded by 10th, 11th, Minnesota and Robert Streets.  Lifestyle amenities include a clubroom with gourmet kitchen, business center, sauna, fitness center, dog wash, and an 18,000 SF second level outdoor courtyard with a pool, hot tub, fire pit, grilling stations, and a green roof. The project is designed and built to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The Penfield was also recently named a Top Project of 2013 by Finance and Commerce.

There are high expectations for downtown St. Paul’s first full-service grocery store to boost downtown retail and in return, also attract more residents to the business district.  As a leader in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, BKV Group provides lifestyle living and amenities to today’s urban living environment.

View the Finance & Commerce featured article on the new retail presence here.

 

ElseWarehouse Wins 2014 IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Award

ElseWarehouse, a historic renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1920’s era warehouse by BKV Group, has been awarded the IIDA Northland Chapter 2014 FAB Award in the residential housing category.

 

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“Why live anywhere when you can live ElseWare.”  The catchy tag-line subtly reveals the creative, obscure, and hip environment of a former warehouse building fully gutted and adapted into the most intriguing and eye-popping residence in Minneapolis’ bustling historic North Loop Historic District.  The modest 6 and 3-story historic brick and cast concrete structure with enormous windows sits anonymously along the historic commercial corridor of Washington Avenue in Minneapolis, reinforcing the urban streetwall of its neighbors.  Once inside, the expansive interiors and dynamic amenity spaces transform the resident’s world into a buffet of chic spaces, light-filled atria, and endless hangouts for social gathering and dialogue, intimate alcoves for privacy, or endless panoramic vistas with its glass-encased rooftop clubroom and outdoor skypark.  Combined with subterranean bars, fitness area, and anchored by a trendy restaurant – ElseWarehouse, defines new urban living for today’s young professional.

As a leader in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, BKV Group provides lifestyle living and amenities to today’s urban living environment.

View the IIDA 2014 FAB award entries here.