Starts and Plans

Construction requires land, plans, and material. Architects have been able to work, in office and remotely, during the COVID-19 pandemic so plans are available for a variety of buildings, commercial, industrial, academic, and residential. Land in some areas has been in short supply as have the myriad of materials needed to construct the structures in demand. Some of that is slowly returning to normal and builders and developers are once again starting and planning new projects.
In Minneapolis, Hines, along with partners AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust and Marquee Development, is starting the start of construction on North Loop Green, a new mixed-use development. The project will feature 350,000-sq.ft. of next generation office space, 350 residential units, 100 hospitality units, and 17,000-sq.ft. of premier food and retail offerings.
A key feature of North Loop Green will be “The Green,” a one-acre, highly activated green space that will be programmed year-round with a wide range of artistic, cultural, and community-based events for locals and visitors to enjoy. Additionally, North Loop Green will add significant dining, recreational and family friendly entertainment options in the rapidly growing North Loop submarket.
Kraus Anderson (KA) has been selected by Hines as general contractor for North Loop Green. KA’s work with Hines goes back to 1980 when it constructed Pillsbury Center (now US Bank Plaza). The project anticipates a grand opening in Spring of 2024.
In an area as cool as Minneapolis, McCaffery, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines kick-off construction on T3 RiNo, a six-story, 238,726-sq.ft. T3 (Timber, Transit, and Technology) office building, that will be one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable developments in Denver.
Located one mile north of downtown, the RiNo (River North District) is home to Denver’s creative hub with artisans, painters, photographers, designers, filmmakers, architects, and tech firms. RiNo combines the city’s most progressive exhibition spaces with its most dynamic live and workspaces.
Designed for collaboration and work/life balance, T3 RiNo will offer amenities including common, hospitality-driven social areas; large, outdoor private tenant terraces on each floor; a modern fitness facility and bicycle facility; advanced air filtration at the building to meet industry wellness standards; 17,000-sq.ft. of retail space and unparalleled accessibility with a connection to the RTD commuter rail system—which serves Denver Intl. Airport and Denver’s Union Station Transit Hub.
In a warmer clime, Toll Brothers Campus Living, a division of Toll Brothers, a leading builder of luxury homes, and CanAm Capital Partners, a private-equity firm, have formed a joint venture to develop Lapis, a 1,086-bed, 293-unit, luxury student housing community at FIU (Florida International University) in Miami, Florida.
Toll Brothers Campus Living develops communities that combine modern amenities and strategic community design to fit the needs and lifestyle of today’s students, creating innovative solutions for residents in which to live, thrive, and connect. Toll Brothers Campus Living will manage the development, construction, marketing, and asset management of Lapis.
FIU is the fastest growing university in Florida, having seen its enrollment jump nearly 27% over the last decade, making it the nation’s 4th largest university by enrollment with a total of over 58,000 students.
Lapis will be located directly north of, and across from the 342-acre Modesto Maidique Campus. The 21-story development will consist of 293 market-rate studio, one, two, three, four, and five-bedroom luxury rental apartments. The community will offer luxury amenities, walkability to campus, individual leases, roommate matching, multiple study lounges, high-speed internet throughout the community, a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, bike storage, club room, outdoor kitchens, business center and a secured garage. Fully furnished apartment homes will include smart electronic-controlled access, stainless steel appliances, high-speed internet, smart televisions and more.
Looking west, Lennar, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, and ICON, a construction technologies company that pioneered large-scale 3D printing, have committed to building the largest community of 3D-printed homes to date. Using ICON’s robotics, software, and advanced materials, the 100-home community is scheduled to break ground in 2022. Co-designed by the Danish architecture firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the project is designed and engineered from the ground up for volume 3D printing with precision and speed
ICON’s 3D construction system can deliver homes and structures up to 3,000-sq.ft. that are built to the International Building Code structural code standard and expected to last as long or longer than standard CMU built homes. ICON’s proprietary wall system and advanced materials are stronger than traditional building materials and provide safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand extreme weather, greatly reduce the impact of natural disasters, and be printed at high speeds and at scale.