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RSP Architects to design Duluth office tower
PHOTO: Brian Forcier
RSP Architects was selected to design the office tower to be constructed at 425 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.
The Minneapolis-based architectural firm will partner with a local architectural firm, along with several local engineering firms.
AtWater Group, Maurices and the city of Duluth worked together on the formal selection process. During the next 60 days, the design team will focus on defining the architectural and engineering program for the proposed 15-story office building and parking ramp.
During the past five years, RSP has designed new corporate buildings similar in size and scope to the 425 project. The firm just completed design of two new eight-story office towers for Target Corporation totaling more than 600,000 square feet.
“This is a big step forward in the project,” said Brian Forcier, president of AtWater Group, which is developing the project. “We had been working with a schematic drawing to give people a sense of what the project could look like, but now we’ll start working with RSP to develop the details of this new building and define exactly how it will enhance our downtown streetscape and skyline.”
Forcier is talking with several potential tenants in addition to Maurices.
The $80 million project is a joint private-public venture. The city is matching an $8.5 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help pay for infrastructure work and construction of the parking ramp. Maurices is investing approximately $30 million in the project.
Partners in the project are moving through a selection process for a construction management firm. This process expected to be completed in mid-June.
Maurices has hired the TEGRA Group as owner’s rep for the project.
“An endeavor like this isn’t something we do every day, so we knew from the start we wanted to bring in a company like TEGRA to manage the intricacies of this significant building investment,” said Brian Thun, CFO of Maurices. “TEGRA is a Minnesota-based company with a proven track record of keeping projects on budget and on schedule.”
The TEGRA Group has served as the owner’s rep on several large-scale projects including Target Field, the Walker Art Center and Great River Energy’s corporate headquarters.
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