The Opus Group® Announces Promotion of Joe Downs to Executive Vice President, General Manager


​The Opus Group (Opus) is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Joe Downs to executive vice president and general manager. In this newly created role, Joe will manage the St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis markets, where he will continue to grow the business across multiple sectors including student living, senior living, multifamily, industrial, office and value-add.

“This promotion is a reflection of Joe's demonstrated ability to seek, implement and deliver successful projects within each of his markets," said Dave Menke, president and CEO of Opus Development Company, L.L.C. “In this new role, he will continue to deliver on our mission as a company and grow the Opus business across a diverse portfolio of sectors." 

Joe has been part of the Opus team for over 17 years, leading highly visible projects, including Ceylon, District Flats, Citizen Park, Bunge Headquarters, 56 Commerce Center, LabCorp, Edison District Offices & Food Hall and Westport Apartments. Additionally, Joe is credited with leading Opus' entry into senior living, having developed Opus' strategic approach and forged key relationships with both operating and capital partners in that sector. And he provides active leadership of multiple community stewardship initiatives, including serving on the board of directors for the Opus Foundation®.

“I look forward to the challenges and growth opportunities that will come with this newly created role," said Downs. “My experience leading the St. Louis and Kansas City teams will be beneficial as we advance the Indianapolis region." 

Joe earned a bachelor's of science in civil engineering from Marquette University and continued his education at the University of St. Thomas, where he graduated with a master's in business administration. He is a LEED accredited professional and a member of the St. Louis Chapter of SIOR and the St. Louis University Civil Engineering Advisory Board. Joe is a board member for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Clayton Century Foundation and the Opus Foundation.

About The Opus Group

The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in industrial, office, residential, retail, healthcare and institutional projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter and @theopusgroup on Instagram.