AIA Minnesota

Finance & Commerce

Date: September 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: On the Boards is an occasional roundup of building projects designed by firms belonging to the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. Submissions from AIA Minnesota architecture firms are encouraged. Highlighted projects are notable for the impact their quality designs will have on the communities in which they reside.

Project: Downtown Mankato redevelopment

Location: Mankato, Minnesota

Project description: On the cusp of a sizable boom in local development, this project represents the first significant privately financed office buildings to rise in downtown Mankato in more than four decades and is the largest downtown development in nearly two decades.

The project includes demolition of two buildings and construction of three new buildings. The first building, Profinium Place, is a seven-story, 75,000-square-foot office complex situated on a corner lot that will serve as a gateway to downtown.

The second building, a five-story 40,000-square-foot, mixed-use building along South Front Street, includes a restaurant and art gallery on the first floor, upscale apartments on the second, third and fourth floors, and additional hospitality space on the fifth floor.

The third building is a five-story, 50,000-square-foot office building with Class A office space that will serve as the new headquarters for Mankato-based Ridley Inc.

The redevelopment provides an opportunity to address a high demand for parking from existing area businesses in addition to supporting the new construction. Parking improvements include constructing a parking ramp adjacent to the office tower and behind the mixed-use building, and a public parking lot at the corner of Warren and Front streets with a total of 360 stalls.

Additional details: This new construction project will significantly increase commercial and office space in the downtown area and will serve as a catalyst for additional urban renewal.

Projected completion date: November 2015

Architect: I+S Group (ISG)

Project team: Bryan Paulsen, AIA, LEED AP, CID;Paul Lawton, AIA, LEED AP; Nicole Schroeder, NCIDQ, LEED AP; Dallas Willman, NCIDQ; Jason Hoehn, PE-Structural Engineer; Brent Krohn, PE-Structural Engineer; Tony Effenberger, PE, LEED AP-Mechanical Engineer; Mike Nelson, PE- Electrical Engineer; Chuck Brandel, PE- Civil Engineer; Greg Borchert, CDT, LEED AP- Project Manager; Justin Steffl-Project Manager.

Owner/developer of office buildings: Tailwind Group

Owner of parking ramp: City of Mankato

Builder: Met-Con Cos. & Knutson Construction

Partners: Alvine Engineering, Bark.L Consulting Engineers