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Commercial | KRAUS-ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION CO. - CITYPLACE

Quite a Place

KRAUS-ANDERSON'S CITYPLACE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE MANY BIG-NAME TENANTS. BY ALAN DORICH

Kraus-Anderson
Construction Co. - CityPlace
www.krausanderson.com
* Location: Woodbury, Minn.
* Employees: 100 (peak)
* Scope: 100-acre mixed-use development wi etail, office and hotel pace

"We have not had a ingle
recordable [incident] on
is project."
- Bob Janssen, project manager

F

or a decade, the State Farm Insurance campus in Woodbury, Minn.,
sat unused and unoccupied in a
prime retail corridor of the east
Twin Cities metro area. But Kraus-Anderson
Construction Co. is now converting the
100-acre property into CityPlace, "a dynamic
live/work/play, mixed-use environment,"
Project Manager Bob Janssen says. "We have
a combination of office, retail and hotels."
The projects' developers, Kraus-Anderson
Development Co. and Elion Partners, hope
to add apartments as well. "[We'll] get the
combination of everything in one area," he
says, noting that the project has been under
construction for the past two years.
This marks the first time Kraus-Anderson
Development has teamed up with Elion, a
real estate investment firm based in Florida.
"They've been a really good partner to work
with," Janssen says.
CityPlace has been divided into multiple
phases. The first consisted of 37,000 square
feet of small, single-story shops spread out
over five buildings. Kraus-Anderson Construction is currently wrapping up phase
two, which consisted of four locations that
will span 92,500 square feet and be home to
big-box stores. "Those are going to be more
of the anchor tenants," Janssen says.
He is proud of the features on the
CityPlace project, which include a European-style tree trench management system.

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ยป CityPlace will be a "live/work/play, mixed-use environment," according to Project Manager Bob Janssen.

"We plan to plant 1,700 trees on this site," he
says, noting that the system required close
collaboration between Kraus-Anderson Construction, the city of Woodbury and its civil
engineer, Westwood Professional Services.
The system takes rainwater from the
rooftops of the buildings and the parking
lots and feeds it to underground storage
chambers, which in turn water the trees.

The trenches themselves "look like islands
or medians from the surface," he says.
Kraus-Anderson Construction has
integrated many upscale building materials throughout the project, including pine
and local stone that it has obtained from
the Mankato, Minn., area. "There's also a lot
of LED lighting throughout the entire development," he says.


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