2022 NAIOP Awards: Minnesota’s Distinctive Building Projects

NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, recognizes this year's top projects from RBC Gateway to industrial properties.
2022 NAIOP Awards: Minnesota’s Distinctive Building Projects

The Minnesota Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected 17 projects for special recognition. Announcements of these winning projects were made Sept. 22 during the 39th Annual Awards of Excellence event at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley.

Eight of the 17 awards were won by suburban projects. Three winning projects are located in St. Paul and one apiece in Grand Rapids and Rochester. Two Minneapolis projects won a total of four awards. The RBC Gateway building won two awards and the Four Seasons Hotel, located in the RBC Gateway, won in the hospitality category.

A total of 45 entries were considered this year for NAIOP awards. The judges evaluated the buildings on project development, function and design, architectural integrity, market feasibility, sustainable attributes, and unique project challenges. The winning properties are profiled below.

Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis

Category: Hospitality

Location: 250 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  Owner: Gateway Hotel, LLC  Developer: United Properties General Contractor: McGough  Architect: Smallwood  interior designer: N/A  Size: 1,200,000 square feet

The 222-room Four Seasons is the only five-star hotel in Minnesota. The building is targeted to corporate travelers and leisure guests, including Twin Cities-area residents and Minnesotans who are making trips to Minneapolis. The hotel has the largest outdoor pool terrace in the city and features a bar, restaurant, and spa. In the landmark hotel, interior designers incorporated bright and calming colors, marble tabletops set against woolen carpets, and half-wall wood panels accented by brass details. Rooms are located on floors 23 to 30.

Kindeva Drug Delivery Corporate Headquarters

Kindeva Drug Delivery Corporate Headquarters

Category: Industrial, Build-to-Suit

Location: 11200 Hudson Rd., Woodbury  Owner: Kindeva  developer: Ryan Companies  General Contractor: Ryan Companies  Architect: Ryan A+E, Inc. (Core and Shell) and HGA (Interiors)  Interior Designer: HGA  Size: 137,897 square feet

Kindeva is a global supplier of development-driven pharmaceutical delivery solutions. Its new corporate headquarters was the first development in the Woodbury Lakes Business Park. The two-story headquarters provides space for corporate leadership and critical support functions, including research, development, and clean manufacturing. The project is set on a 12-acre parcel and required a complex capitalization structure, while the location needed extensive off-site improvements on a tight timeline. An agreement involving Kindeva, Ryan, and the city of Woodbury was negotiated to fund infrastructure improvements.

Golden Triangle Corporate Center

Golden Triangle Corporate Center

Category: Industrial, Bulk Distribution

Location: 7350 Golden Triangle Dr., Eden Prairie  Owner: Opus Development Company, LLC  Developer: Opus Development Company, LLC  General Contractor: Opus Design Build, LLC  Architect: Opus AE Group, LLC  Interior Designer: Opus AE Group, LLC  Size: 130,152 square feet

Functional industrial space in Eden Prairie was in short supply for more than 20 years. Located in the city’s Golden Triangle, this large building provides convenient access to I-494 and Highways 212, 169, and 62. The Class A building features 28-foot clear height, 19 dock doors, 182 parking stalls, and electric vehicle charging stations. The building includes flexible space customized to meet the needs of a variety of tenants. Glass curtain walls on the center’s north and east sides bring natural light into the building.

Cretex Medical

Cretex Medical

Category: Light Industrial, High Finish

Location: 8700 94th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park  Owner: Cretex Medical  Developer: United Properties  General Contractor: R.J. Ryan Construction  Architect: Lampert Architects  Interior Designer: Mohagen Hansen 
Size: 245,000 square feet

The facility houses stamping, molding, and tool design capabilities as well as advanced engineering and assembly services. The project allowed Cretex to consolidate key business operations into one modern, environmentally-sustainable facility. It also positions Cretex for accelerated growth in the medical device contract manufacturing market. The build-out offers an industrial look through the use of metals, while employing wood tones and pops of color in finishes and materials to provide warmth. The office includes collaboration spaces and offers coffee bars and comfortable seating.

InverPoint Business Park, Building No. 3

InverPoint Business Park, Building No. 3

Category: Light Industrial, Low Finish

Location: 8360 Courthouse Blvd., Inver Grove Heights  Owner: United Properties  Developer: United Properties  General Contractor: RJ Ryan Construction  Architect: Pope Architects  Interior Designer: Pope Architects  Size: 108,000 square feet

InverPoint Business Park Building No. 3 was constructed in Inver Grove Heights. The structure is located west of Inver Hills Community College. The business park is a five-building master planned development that will ultimately provide about 475,000 square feet of industrial space. The building’s visibility and immediate access to Highway 55 positions it as a great location for a range of users. Demand for industrial space has been robust in recent years across the metro area. This project was designed at 180-feet deep.

Xchange Medical

Xchange Medical

Category: Medical/Medical Office

Location: 6099 Wayzata Blvd, St. Louis Park  Owner: Xchange MOB Partners, LLC  Developer: Davis  General Contractor: Timco Construction  Architect: Synergy Architecture Studio  Interior Designer: BDH  Size: 78,000 square feet 

The Class A medical facility opened in November 2021 after six years of analysis and planning. Xchange Medical is home to a full-service ear, nose, and throat practice, a surgery center with six operating rooms, specialty ophthalmology services, and a laser practice. The facility features an exterior healing garden, a two-story living wall, and a timeless and modern design. The building exterior is crafted primarily of honed stone and locally-sourced brick. Large floor-to-ceiling windows allow for natural lighting and showcase the beauty of the outdoors.

RBC Gateway 2

RBC Gateway

Category: Mixed Use

Location: 250 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  Owner: UP Gateway, LLC  Developer: United Properties  General Contractor: McGough  Architect: Smallwood  Interior Designer: N/A  Size: 1,200,000 square feet 

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The 37-story RBC Gateway houses the U.S. headquarters of RBC Wealth Management, the Pohlad Companies, and a Four Seasons Hotel. It also includes 34 private residential condos, a public plaza with green space, and a street-level restaurant. After the murder of George Floyd and onset of the pandemic, RBC Gateway became a symbol of optimism for the city’s future. It was the most ambitious mixed-use development undertaken in Minneapolis in several decades. The project establishes the north end of Nicollet Mall as a premier destination.



Category: Multi-Family Apartments/Condos, High-Rise (8+ stories)

Location: 1111 West River Pkwy., Minneapolis  Owner: Eleven Minneapolis, LLC  Developer: Arcadia, LLC, and Ryan Companies US, Inc.  General Contractor: Ryan Companies US, Inc.  Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects (design architect) and Ryan A+E, Inc. (architect of record)  Interior Designer: Martha Dayton Design, RAMSA Interiors, and Ryan A+E, Inc.  Size: 628,000 square feet 

Eleven is the first building in Minnesota designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City. Based on classical principles reinterpreted for modern living, the design was inspired by the simplicity of historic warehouse buildings along the Mississippi riverfront. Common areas evoke the feeling of New York high rises with high-end finishes and furnishings. Eleven features 120 homes ranging from 1,600 to 11,000 square feet with oversized windows, private terraces, and elegantly crafted interiors. The 42-story residential tower is located in the Mill District.

Carrick Tonka Bay

Carrick Tonka Bay

Category: Multi-Family Apartments/Condos, Low-Rise (1–4 stories)

Location: 5603 Manitou Rd., Tonka Bay  Owner: Doran Development  Developer: Doran Development  General Contractor: Doran Special Projects, LLC  architect: Doran Architecture  Interior Designer: Doran Architecture  Size: 187,989 square feet 

Carrick Tonka Bay is a multi-family community located within walking distance of Lake Minnetonka, coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping. It’s minutes from downtown Excelsior. Each of the units offers its own private balcony or terrace, oversized windows, and top-of-the-line cabinetry and countertops. Building amenities include a fitness center with sauna, clubroom, entertainment suite, bike repair, and outdoor terrace. Exterior materials feature lake-life color themes of blues, whites, and grays on Cape Cod-style lap and shingle siding. The project is near pedestrian and bike pathways.



Category: Multi-Family Apartments/Condos, Mid-Rise (5–7 stories)

Location: 337 West 7th St., St. Paul  Owner: Ackerberg & Northland Real Estate Group  Developer: Ackerberg & Northland Real Estate Group  General Contractor: The Opus Group  Architect: DJR Architecture  Interior Designer: E. Christen Design  Size: 129,389 square feet 

Art is a defining element of this 193-unit apartment community in St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood. The Alvera features a lively and artful façade, which is adorned with a mural from world-renowned artist Aaron De La Cruz. Inside is a commercial art gallery space to feature works from rotating artists. There also is an artist-in-residence program. Alvera is a pioneering creation because modular construction was used on this large and complicated project.

Randolph Square Office Building

Randolph Square Office Building

Category: Office Build-to-Suit

Location: 335 Randolph Ave., St. Paul  Owner: Wellington Management, Inc.  Developer: Wellington Management, Inc.  General Contractor: RJ Ryan Construction  Architect: Pope Design Group  Interior Designer: Pope Design Group  Size: 83,800 square feet 

Randolph Square is the fourth building in River Bend Business Park, a 22-acre development along the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The two-story building houses the Minnesota Health Licensing Boards. Coordination among the 17 boards, the Minnesota Department of Administration, and Wellington resulted in a multi-tenant building that meets the state’s needs and creates an inspiring office environment for employees. The fitness center, work café, rooftop deck, oversized windows for ample natural light, and convenient access to trails are designed to promote a wellness-oriented workplace.

RBC Gateway

RBC Gateway

Category: Office Multi-Tenant

Location: 250 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  Owner: United Properties  Developer: United Properties  General Contractor: McGough  Architect: Smallwood  Interior Designer: N/A Size: 1,200,000 square feet 

RBC Gateway is anchored by its namesake tenant, RBC Wealth Management. Four other leases were executed before the project’s completion, which brought the building’s lease rate up to 96%. Office workers are located in RBC Gateway as well as visitors to the Four Seasons Hotel. Special attention was paid to balance the Level 1 lobby design for each use to maintain their own distinctiveness, yet remain subtly connected to one another. The project averaged 500 people working on the site for nearly three years.

The Pillars of Grand Rapids

The Pillars of Grand Rapids

Category: Senior Living

Location: 2060 SW 8th St., Grand Rapids  Owner: Oppidan Investment Company  Developer: Oppidan Investment Company  General Contractor: HDC Development  Architect: Kaas Wilson Architects  Interior Designer: BDH  Size: 140,000 square feet 

The Pillars of Grand Rapids is a senior living community offering 120 apartments, which include independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Its location adjacent to the Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital creates a health care hub to benefit the community. The Grand Rapids project is the sixth in Oppidan’s portfolio of Pillars senior living communities across Minnesota. Amenities include a pub, outdoor dining patio, maker’s studio, second-floor deck, and pickle ball court. Residents have views of the natural beauty of the woods and trees.

A-Side Public House

Category: Repositioned/Renovated, New Use (Tie)

Location: 754 Randolph Ave., St. Paul   Owner: Travis Temke  developer: N/A  General Contractor: Terra Construction  Architect: Little Box, Inc. Interior Designer: N/A  Size: 7,422 square feet 

This project involved renovating the historic Fire Station No. 10 in St. Paul. Located in a residential neighborhood, care was taken to manage noise, dust, and vibration during construction. A-Side Public House features a microbrewery, taproom, coffee shop, and second-floor event center. It was designed to be a place where the neighborhood residents could eat, drink, and gather. The space pays tribute to its history with fire station doors and references to Station No. 10. The structure was originally built in the late 1800s.

One Southwest Crossing

One Southwest Crossing

Category: Repositioned/Renovated, New Use (Tie)

Location: 11095 Viking Dr., Eden Prairie  Owner: Eagle Ridge Partners, Long Wharf Capital  Developer: Eagle Ridge Partners  General Contractor: Steiner Construction  Architect: Studio BV  Interior Designer: Studio BV  Size: 254,000 square feet 

One Southwest Crossing was built in the mid-1980s. The renovation team thought it had great bones and was constructed with high-quality materials. The goal was to transform the dated, unused atrium space to a bright, open, welcoming third workspace for tenants and to incorporate emerging trends in commercial space while navigating the return-to-workspace climate. Project elements include informal meeting workspaces, an open-space conference table, and a new open-air staircase.

SunOpta Global Headquarters

SunOpta Global Headquarters

Category: Repositioned/Renovated, Tenant Improvement

Location: 7078 Shady Oak Rd., Eden Prairie  Owner: Eagle Ridge Partners, BLG Capital Advisors  Developer: Eagle Ridge Partners  General Contractor: Steiner Construction, Greiner Construction  Architect: Sperides Reiners Architects, RSP Architects 
Interior Designer: RSP Architects  Size: 67,041 square feet 

SunOpta’s products are sustainable, plant-based, and fruit-based food and beverages. The company wants to double its plant-based business by 2025. Its new headquarters was designed to accelerate the speed of innovation, foster collaboration, and model the company’s sustainability heritage. The renovation transformed an industrial warehouse and light manufacturing space into a progressive global headquarters and innovation center. The space was reimagined to include an open office environment. More than 30% of the building’s electricity needs are being generated from a large solar array.

Two Discovery Square

Two Discovery Square

Category: Special Purpose

Location:  209 5th St. SW, Rochester  Owner: Rochester 2 Associates, LLC  Developer: Mortenson  General Contractor: Mortenson  Architect: RSP  Interior Designer: RSP, Studio BV  Size: 124,700 square feet 

Discovery Square brings together those pursuing the future of health care with Mayo Clinic. A multi-phased development, it is projected to be two million square feet over the next 20 years and part of the Destination Medical Center master plan—the largest public-private economic development initiative in Minnesota history. Startups, researchers, educators, and companies collaborate and advance the biomedical technology and treatments of tomorrow. The success of One Discovery Square resulted in a backlog of tenant interest, prompting the development of Two Discovery Square that supports biomedical manufacturing.

NAIOP Nominees for 2022 Excellence Awards

Seventeen NAIOP awards were given to outstanding projects this year on Sept. 22. Twenty-eight other projects were recognized as nominees. Here are the nominees by category:


Civic on First Hyatt House, Rochester

Industrial, Build-to-Suit

Nordic Ware Expansion, St. Louis Park

Ultra Machining Company Expansion, Monticello 

Industrial, Bulk Distribution

NorthPark Business Center 5, Brooklyn Park;

Southwest Logistics Center, Shakopee

Yankee Doodle Business Center, Eagan

Light Industrial, High Finish

Cirtec, Brooklyn Park

Pilot Knob Business Center, Mendota Heights

Light Industrial, Low Finish

Highview 610 Business Center, Brooklyn Park

Medical/Medical Office

MNGI Digestive Health, Vadnais Heights

Summit Orthopedics, Lakeville

Multi-Family Apartments/Condos, Mid-Rise (5–7 stories)

The Duffey, Minneapolis

Landsby on Penn, Richfield

Vue at Bluestone, Duluth

Office Multi-Tenant

Greystone Construction Multi-Tenant Office Building, Shakopee

Repositioned/Renovated, New Use

CPG Handicraft Guild Building, Minneapolis

Foss Swim School at Southdale Square, Richfield

Parkers Lake Commerce Center, Plymouth

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company, Minneapolis

Repositioned/Renovated, Tenant Improvement

Associated Skin Care Consultants—Linden Hills, Minneapolis

Bell Bank Customer Experience Center, Minneapolis

Interstate Development, Eden Prairie

M&M’s World at Mall of America, Bloomington

Thermo King Phase 3A, Bloomington

Senior Living

AMIRA, Bloomington

Applewood Pointe, Eden Prairie

The Linden, Mendota Heights

Special Purpose

Sota Shine Car Wash, Waconia

William KatterNAIOP President’s Award

William Katter, president and development chief investment officer of United Properties Development, is the winner of the 2022 NAIOP Minnesota President’s Award. It is NAIOP’s highest honor, and the winner is selected by chapter leaders from a field of candidates nominated by members.

“Bill is one of the most intelligent professionals in the industry,” NAIOP President Ryan Bartley said in a written statement. “I’m impressed with his aptitude to quickly assess developments and determine value. Most importantly, Bill is a great leader with an incredible ability to build meaningful relationships.” Bartley is senior vice president-market officer of Link Logistics Real Estate.

The President’s Award is given to individuals who’ve demonstrated outstanding service to the commercial real estate industry, the NAIOP organization, and the broader community.

Katter, who earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Minnesota, was recruited into his first development job at United Properties two decades ago.

In the Twin Cities and Denver commercial real estate markets, he has distinguished himself. Katter had responsibility for the purchase and/or development of more than six million square feet of office and industrial space for the company.

One of Katter’s most high-profile projects is the RBC Gateway in downtown Minneapolis that opened earlier this year. The skyscraper houses offices and the Four Seasons Hotel.

In the Twin Cities market, here are other key Katter projects: development of the C.H. Robinson corporate campus in Eden Prairie; acquisition of Plymouth Ponds Business Park; development of the LEED Gold 8200 Tower of Normandale Lake Office Park in Bloomington; adaptive reuse of 505 and 655 Nicollet Mall properties in Minneapolis; renovation of the Ford Center and Loose-Wiles historic buildings in Minneapolis, and development of the Be The Match headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

For nearly 30 years, Katter has been a NAIOP member and he regularly spoke at NAIOP events. He volunteered as a mentor and helped young and new industry professionals build their industry networks.