Opus Design Build, L.L.C. Selected to Build STEM Center for Visitation School


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - ​Opus Design Build, L.L.C. announced today that it was awarded a contract by Convent of the Visitation School to design and construct a new 4,000-square-foot Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building at the school’s campus in Mendota Heights, Minn.

This project is part one of a two-phase renovation for the school. In additional to the STEM center, Opus will design and construct a new main entrance along with additional classrooms, study and gathering areas, referred to as the Heart of the School.

“We’re honored Visitation School selected Opus as its partner for this project, which will enhance the academic experience for students,” said Craig Larson, vice president, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “Our expertise in the institutional sector will ensure we deliver a product that supports the school’s continued success.”

The STEM building will serve as workshop and assembly space for the school’s award-winning robotics program as well as engineering classes. The industrial-type space will feature concrete floor, work benches and a machine shop with state-of-the-art equipment. Additional office and classroom space will also be constructed. Concurrent with the work for the STEM building, an 1,800-square-foot expansion to the school’s dining area will be constructed.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our campus facilities and to once again partner with Opus,” said Dr. Dawn Nichols, Head of School at Visitation. “We are confident that the development of the STEM building will enrich our college-prep curriculum, helping children of all ages more fully immerse themselves in rigorous, creative, hands-on learning.”

Construction on the STEM building began in September 2012 and completion is scheduled for January 2013. The Heart is slated for completion during the 2013-14 school year.

Opus AE Group, Inc. will serve as the architect for the project while NELSON will manage interior design.

In addition to this project with Visitation School, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. is currently working with Real Estate Recycling to construct a speculative 90,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and Opus Holding, Inc. and their operating subsidiaries, Opus Development Corporation, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, Inc. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government 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 www.opus-group.com.