Collaborative Commercial Real Estate Development and Design-Build

With a proven track record of serving clients across all commercial real estate sectors, our in-house experts at Opus will collaborate with you to create a transformative building that supports your organization's mission and enables your vision for the future. Through our unrivaled, one-team, comprehensive approach to development, design and construction, we have delivered millions of square feet of meaningful spaces with enduring value.

How We Deliver Best Overall Value

You need a partner you can trust — a firm with a proven track record of delivering the best overall value for high-quality, cost-effective buildings. For more than six decades, we have been that partner to our clients. We are relentless in our pursuit to maximize value for you, and our fully-integrated approach makes it possible.

When working with us, you can count on:

  • Single Point of Responsibility

    Developing, designing and constructing buildings is a complex process with moving, interrelated parts. To simplify the process for you, we act as a single point of responsibility, assuming risk and overseeing the entire project. You are kept informed and involved, creating efficiencies and reducing your administrative burden.
  • Earliest Commitment to Firm Price

    With our fully-integrated team overseeing the entire process, we establish a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) early, during design, rather than later when designs are locked and costs fluctuate. With us assuming the risk of project variables, you receive peace of mind.
  • Fully-Integrated Project Delivery

    Our fully-integrated team, made up of experts in all necessary disciplines, is laser focused on innovating and collaborating on your behalf. Our experts bring their experience and perspective from project to project, working together on behalf of you toward one goal — yours.
  • Increased Ability to Influence Cost & Create Value

    Integrating and involving all key stakeholders and team members very early in the process increases our ability to positively influence costs. It also helps rule out constructability issues later, maximizing the scope of your project while minimizing impact to your budget.
  • Deal Structure Flexibility

    Our balance sheet is strong, and our in-house capital markets experts have built relationships with capital partners, including some of the largest in commercial real estate. We can lock in and close on desirable properties quickly and efficiently, while establishing flexible, cost-effective financing.
  • Local People with Local Relationships

    We bring local knowledge and experts to your project, and we build strong relationships with key stakeholders in every community. In addition to certainty of outcome, these authentic community connections ensure your organization receives a warm welcome when moving into your new building.
  • One Team; One Objective

    Working as a single, multidisciplinary team of in-house experts, we're one team with one goal — yours. We collaborate with you to translate your vision into a building that supports your organization's needs, culture and goals. We're building for you.
  • Single Point of Responsibility

    Developing, designing and constructing buildings is a complex process with moving, interrelated parts. To simplify the process for you, we act as a single point of responsibility, assuming risk and overseeing the entire project. You are kept informed and involved, creating efficiencies and reducing your administrative burden.
  • Earliest Commitment to Firm Price

    With our fully-integrated team overseeing the entire process, we establish a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) early, during design, rather than later when designs are locked and costs fluctuate. With us assuming the risk of project variables, you receive peace of mind.
  • Fully-Integrated Project Delivery

    Our fully-integrated team, made up of experts in all necessary disciplines, is laser focused on innovating and collaborating on your behalf. Our experts bring their experience and perspective from project to project, working together on behalf of you toward one goal — yours.
  • Increased Ability to Influence Cost & Create Value

    Integrating and involving all key stakeholders and team members very early in the process increases our ability to positively influence costs. It also helps rule out constructability issues later, maximizing the scope of your project while minimizing impact to your budget.
  • Deal Structure Flexibility

    Our balance sheet is strong, and our in-house capital markets experts have built relationships with capital partners, including some of the largest in commercial real estate. We can lock in and close on desirable properties quickly and efficiently, while establishing flexible, cost-effective financing.
  • Local People with Local Relationships

    We bring local knowledge and experts to your project, and we build strong relationships with key stakeholders in every community. In addition to certainty of outcome, these authentic community connections ensure your organization receives a warm welcome when moving into your new building.
  • One Team; One Objective

    Working as a single, multidisciplinary team of in-house experts, we're one team with one goal — yours. We collaborate with you to translate your vision into a building that supports your organization's needs, culture and goals. We're building for you.

An Integrated One-Team Approach

We are a multidisciplinary firm with in-house team members managing and executing all aspects of your project — development, design and construction. Instead of contracting with external firms, our experts are Opus employees who share the same objective — yours. They collaborate together sharing ideas and adding value, which is why our designs and buildings often exceed expectations. Managing the entire process also makes us uber-efficient, leading to faster completions and reduced costs without sacrificing quality. We are one team with one objective: building for you.

Take a deeper look at how we do that:

One Team. One Objective.
"The value in the design-build approach stems from Opus' ability to work as a cohesive team. Even in our early meetings, it was not just the project managers present, but the architect as well. By having all parties at the table, there was never a question about our goals or the outcomes of our meetings."
Bruce Torgerson, General Manager — St. Paul Division
Chicago Tube & Iron
Industrial Renovation & Expansion

Opus DB3™ vs. Traditional Design-Bid-Build

Opus' founder, Gerry Rauenhorst, was way ahead of his time in the 1960s when he pioneered the design-build project delivery method. Observing disconnects and tension between independently hired architects and contractors, he spearheaded the design-build approach we use today — Opus DB3. With developers, designers and project managers and field workers operating as one team, we work collaboratively to establish the guaranteed maximum price earlier than other models and even complete construction sooner.

Working together from project to project, we align around your goals and can meet aggressive schedules without shortcutting or compromising the full design process.

See how design-build is better:

Speed. Savings. Value.

Your Benefits from Opus DB3

With Opus DB3, we have the required resources and expertise for all aspects of your project — development, design and construction — and integrate all functions for meaningful collaboration from the day your project initiates until the last detail is finished. This single-source approach pays dividends for you with faster schedules, early guaranteed pricing, less risk, reduced costs, less administrative burden and better buildings.

See the benefits you reap with our model.

  • Shorter Schedules, Reduced Risk & Potential for Early Delivery

    Speed of delivery, without sacrificing quality, is a key attribute of our model. While delivering your project at the lowest possible cost, Opus DB3 fast-tracks timelines. In addition to reducing your risk, it can lead to early delivery and additional cost savings for your organization.
  • Allows for More Informed Client Decision Making

    As a fully-integrated team, we manage the entire scope of your project. To help you make the best decisions, our team collaborates with you and provides all the information needed — designs, cost and timeline implications and more — often in the form of multiple options.
  • Cost Savings

    The collaborative nature of our approach makes the process of designing and constructing your building more efficient. It's unparalleled within the industry and allows us to move faster, leading to shorter schedules and speedier deliveries. This translates to cost savings by making your building operational sooner.
  • Greatest Potential for a Successful Outcome

    Employing the tenets of Opus DB3, our in-house, multidisciplinary team can meet aggressive project schedules without shortcutting or compromising the full design process. This results in speed of delivery, savings and value for you, guaranteeing your satisfaction.
  • Certainty of Outcome

    Buildings are significant expenditures. We understand you need certainty of outcome with a building that looks and functions as designed while also having the schedule and budget managed. With our integrated model, risk is managed collectively by one team with aligned goals, rather than individual firms working independently.
  • Shorter Schedules, Reduced Risk & Potential for Early Delivery

    Speed of delivery, without sacrificing quality, is a key attribute of our model. While delivering your project at the lowest possible cost, Opus DB3 fast-tracks timelines. In addition to reducing your risk, it can lead to early delivery and additional cost savings for your organization.
  • Allows for More Informed Client Decision Making

    As a fully-integrated team, we manage the entire scope of your project. To help you make the best decisions, our team collaborates with you and provides all the information needed — designs, cost and timeline implications and more — often in the form of multiple options.
  • Cost Savings

    The collaborative nature of our approach makes the process of designing and constructing your building more efficient. It's unparalleled within the industry and allows us to move faster, leading to shorter schedules and speedier deliveries. This translates to cost savings by making your building operational sooner.
  • Greatest Potential for a Successful Outcome

    Employing the tenets of Opus DB3, our in-house, multidisciplinary team can meet aggressive project schedules without shortcutting or compromising the full design process. This results in speed of delivery, savings and value for you, guaranteeing your satisfaction.
  • Certainty of Outcome

    Buildings are significant expenditures. We understand you need certainty of outcome with a building that looks and functions as designed while also having the schedule and budget managed. With our integrated model, risk is managed collectively by one team with aligned goals, rather than individual firms working independently.
"When you get into a tough situation, Opus' people have dealt with it, are accustomed to dealing with it and know how to get it done because of their history and experience."
Ben Mohns, Senior Vice President
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Multiple Student Living Projects

See the Results

Our client-centric model and one-team Opus DB3 approach deliver immense value.

Witness this through the lens of these successful collaborative projects:

Meet the Experts

Our fully-integrated team includes development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; and architecture, engineering and interior design. With years of experience across many sectors and project types, there's not much we haven't seen or done on a project.

With deep experience and innovative solutions, our experts are well respected within their areas of the industry.

Learn more about each of our experts.

President & CEO
St. Louis real estate professional, St. Louis developer
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Minneapolis real estate professional, Minneapolis residential developer
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Minneapolis project manager, Minneapolis construction management professional
Vice President & General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
Ben Angelo, Chicago commercial real estate development
Vice President
Peter Conlon, senior director of capital markets, real estate finance
Vice President
Sean D. Cummings is a real estate developer in Phoenix for The Opus Group.
Vice President
Vice President
Brett L. Hopper, Phoenix commercial real estate development
Vice President
Dustin Slack is an experienced real estate developer in the southwestern U.S.
Vice President
Michael Robinson, Chicago commercial real estate development
Senior Director
Director
Director
Nick Murnane, commercial real estate, Minneapolis real estate, development
Director
Paul Robertson, Chicago real estate professional, Chicago real estate manager
Director
Josh Bauer is a real estate developer in Chicago for The Opus Group.
Senior Manager
Kit Bennett, Minnesota commercial real estate developer
Senior Manager
Eric Chamberlin, Senior Manager of Real Estate Development in Denver
Senior Manager
Devon Coffey is a real estate developer for Opus in Kansas City, Kansas
Senior Manager
Todd Davis, construction project management
Senior Manager
Joe Mahoney, Minnesota commercial real estate developer
Senior Manager
Joe Swensson is a real estate developer for Opus in Denver, Colorado.
Senior Manager
Ryan Bumb is a real estate developer for Opus in St. Louis, Missouri.
Manager
President & CEO
Chicago project manager, Chicago construction management professional
Regional Vice President
Regional Vice President
Regional Vice President
Regional Vice President
Richard Kauffman, Regional Vice President
Regional Vice President
Minneapolis vice president, Minneapolis construction manager
Vice President
Vice President
Minneapolis project manager, Minneapolis construction management professional
Vice President
Josh Babiasz, Director of Safety Management
Director of Safety Management
Minneapolis project manager, Minneapolis construction management professional
Director
Minneapolis project manager, Minneapolis construction manager
Director of Operations
Design-Build Construction Project Manager Mark Winschel
Director
Minneapolis senior project manager, Minneapolis construction manager
Senior Project Manager
headshot of Michael Anthony, senior project manager for Opus
Senior Project Manager
Noah Brennecke, Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Chris Chromos, Milwaukee construction management professional
Senior Operations Manager
Senior Project Manager
Jaymes Kralicek, construction project management
Senior Project Manager
Nick Lauters, Denver construction professional, Denver construction project management
Senior Project Manager
St. Louis senior project manager, St. Louis construction management professional
Senior Project Manager
Minneapolis project manager, Minneapolis construction management professional
Senior Project Manager
Scott Staros is senior project manager for Opus Design Build.
Senior Project Manager
Rick Tucker is project manager for Opus Design Build.
Senior Project Manager
Shawn Turner holds 15 years of experience in commercial construction management in Kansas City.
Senior Project Manager
Greg Woelfel is a job site project superintendent for Opus Design Build.
General Superintendent
Shawn Allen, construction project management
Project Manager
Tyler Ammermann, construction project management
Project Manager
Meagan Benson, project manager & business development associate for Opus Design Build's Client Direct Services
Project Manager
Field Coordinator
Jeremiah Cunningham, construction project management
Project Manager
Trey Gallagher, construction project management
Project Manager
Field Coordinator
Kelly Hovde, construction project management
Project Manager
Megan Hunsberger, construction project management
Project Manager
Chris Lamon, construction project management
Project Manager
Alex Lord, construction project management
Project Manager
Ryan Mahoney, construction project management
Project Manager
Nick Mann, construction project management
Project Manager
Tayler Matzke, construction project management
Project Manager
design-build construction project manager
Project Manager
Pat Rumpza, construction project management
Project Manager
Eric Ryan, construction project management
Project Manager
Tim Schmidtke is an experienced commercial construction superintendent.
Senior Superintendent
Dan Schwab, construction project management
Project Manager
Field Coordinator
Michael Silver, construction project management
Project Manager
construction project management, commercial construction, construction superintendent
Senior Superintendent
Chicago project manager, Chicago construction management professional
Field Coordinator
Tom Troemel, construction project management
Project Manager
Project Manager
Luke Zizzo, construction project management
Project Manager
Rick Billmeier, Superintendent
Superintendent
Phil Blackford, Superintendent
Superintendent
Lauren Jirik is a job site project superintendent for Opus Design Build.
Superintendent
Minneapolis architect, Minneapolis architecture professional, architectural design
President
architectural design, commercial architecture
Senior Vice President
Vice President
Minneapolis architect, Minneapolis architect professional
Vice President
commercial architecture, architectural design
Vice President
commercial architecture, architectural design
Director
Minneapolis architect, Minneapolis architect professional
Director
Minneapolis architect, Minneapolis architect professional
Director
Minneapolis engineer, Minneapolis professional engineer
Director
Jay Fourniea is manager of architecture for Opus' Minneapolis office.
Senior Manager
Minneapolis architect, Minneapolis architect professional, commercial architecture
Senior Manager
AIA, architectural design, commercial architecture
Senior Designer
Matthew Bergstrom is project architect for Opus.
Project Architect
Architectural design, commercial architecture, BIM, project architecture
Project Architect
Justin Saterbak, project engineer
Project Engineer
Laura Waller, commercial interior designer, architectural design
Project Interior Designer