Dave Menke


Opus Development Co.




Dave Menke knows the nuts and bolts of development. Since he joined Opus in 1995, he’s presided over the development of more than 10 million square feet of office space and 2,000 residential units. In his current role, Menke oversees development in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. As the market has rebounded, Menke has been the point person for market-rate apartment projects such as the Nic on Fifth tower in downtown Minneapolis, student housing deals, industrial projects and office projects, including a new nine-story building to be leased to Xcel Energy in downtown Minneapolis. City leaders might try to take credit, but at the north end of Nicollet Mall, Menke has played a key role in reviving a once-neglected corner of downtown.