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COVID-19 Statement


The safety and health of our associates, clients and partners has always been and remains a top priority for us, and especially as we navigate these uncertain times with COVID-19. Read More

Ed Gschneidner Shares Insights from 35-Year Architecture Career

headshot of Ed Gschneidner, president of Opus AE Group, L.L.C.

After 27 years at Opus and over 35 years as an architect, Ed Gschneidner is retiring! Ed joined Team Opus as a Project Architect. After 17 years with us, he moved into the role of President. In his time, he’s truly left his mark on Opus and the buildings we’ve built. Before heading out, Ed shared insights from his career. Read More

Helping Bring Economic Vitality & Independence to a Historic Kansas City Neighborhood

Pathway Financial Education sign on glass

Achieving sustainable social change is critical to eliminating poverty, homelessness and underemployment. We're taking deliberate steps to encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization, communities and our industry to affect this change. Recently, we collaborated with other organizations that share our desire to affect change, resulting in the new facility for Pathway Financial Education. Read More

Building on Our Values to Advance DEI

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Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) serve to amplify everything we do; a culture and environment that actively values DEI makes us stronger, more creative, more competitive, sustainable, and just plain better. This is the foundational premise of the Opus DEI Action Team. Launched in 2020, the DEI Action Team is consistent with our values, desired culture and vision for our communities. Our Action Team is taking intentional action to cultivate DEI in and outside of our walls. Read More

Dean Newins: Championing Sustainability & Leading Design

headshot of Dean Newins, Senior Vice President of Architecture

Our integrated, one-team approach brings great value to clients. It also enables us to put up truly exceptional buildings. We’ve always wanted to do more than that though. We want to make life better for the people that live, work and play in those buildings. Read More

North Star Sheets Sees the Value of Fully-Integrated Design-Build

Southeast Industrial Park developed by Opus and Hillcrest

To us value means delivering superior craftsmanship along with your requirements for function, aesthetics, cost and time. Our design, engineering and construction expertise delivers ultimate value. Inspired by your goals, and understanding your timeline and budget, we’re ready to apply our diverse experience and deliver your vision. We have proven that we can meet the aggressive schedules that can be crucial to clients. Read More

Committed: Our 2020 Philanthropy Annual Report

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The events of 2020 have strengthened our resolve to make our communities better places for all people to live, work, play and raise families. Through 2020 we remained steadfast in our commitment to stewardship but flexible in how we gave back. Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities Expanding Resources

woman and girl Big Brother Big Sisters Twin Cities

The Opus Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 Impact Fund grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, a nonprofit that helps children achieve their full potential through relationships with adult mentors. The money will help the organization expand an online training platform and create a new skills assessment tool for staff and volunteers. Read More

Opus Foundation® Addresses Racial Equity

three men pose in front of Better Futures Minnesota’s new work pickup

The Opus Foundation is taking intentional steps to enact sustainable social change and address complex issues for a more equitable future. Recently, they awarded grants to Better Futures Minnesota and Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity’s Digital Learning Fund. Read More

Su O’Sullivan: Driving an Accurate & Collaborative Team

Su O’Sullivan, CPA, Vice President of Accounting, for The Opus Group

“I have a deep respect for Opus and the people who work here,” said Su O’Sullivan, CPA, Vice President of Accounting. “Our culture is genuine. It’s based on our values and a collaborative spirit. We work together with passion, drive and creativity and value new perspectives. That’s why people come to work here – and why they stay so long.” Read More

Our 2020 Top News Coverage

cozy and quirky clubroom lounge at Ascend Five Points South student living development in Birmingham, Alabama

As the year wraps up and we’re busy with year-end work, we wanted to shine a light on our top news coverage of the year. Take a look back with us. Read More

Todd Davis: Driven by the Bigger Picture and Inspired by the Trades

headshot of Todd Davis, senior manager of real estate development at Opus Development Company, L.L.C.

“Our organizational structure is unique. We have in-house development, design and construction experts working side-by-side on project after project. This consistency makes us incredibly efficient and contributes to our outstanding track record of delivering first-in-class buildings.” Senior Manager of Real Estate Development Todd Davis can attest to this first-hand. Read More

Our Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2020

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As this anything-but-ordinary year comes to a close, we wanted to follow our tradition of highlighting our most viewed blog posts of the year. A lot has happened, and we've published many blog posts this year. We appreciate the time you’ve spent reading our blog posts. Take a look back at the year with our most viewed 2020 blog posts. Read More

Truly Caring for Clients: Noticing the Details That Matter

CDH Opus commissioned painting

Similar to how an orchestra’s conductor guides each individual musician to achieve a unified result on stage, our project managers synthesize the work of designers, engineers and subcontractors to ensure projects are finished as promised. Managing this requires strong communication and leadership skills – and outstanding interpersonal skills. Read More

Delivering the Needs of Industrial Tenants

Rendering of Bergen Industrial, built by Opus

Often times, an industrial tenant needs a building fast. As a leading developer of speculative industrial developments and with our fully-integrated team and unique design-build model, we’re able to deliver the customization today’s industrial companies need on a tight timeline. Read More

Building Value with One Team, One Objective

Rendering of Cherne Industries Warehouse at Brick Yard, built by Opus

Employing our unique design-build model, our in-house development, design and construction experts collaborate to address challenges and create real estate value. We operate as one team with one objective: yours. See how we put that to work for Cherne Industries and Proxi – Lawrence. Read More

Susan Gelinske: Raising the Bar & Mitigating Risk for Opus & our Clients

Susan Gelinske, Director of Risk Management, leading meeting

Two factors contribute significantly to our continued track record of exceeding client expectations at Opus: our highly-engaged associates and our integrated, one-team approach to project delivery. Consistently delivering in this manner, project after project, wouldn’t be possible without many dedicated associates working behind the scenes supporting our projects – associates like Susan Gelinske. Read More

Top 5 Benefits of Our Team’s Ability to Respond Quickly

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Success doesn't just happen; we make it happen through hard work, collaboration and a shared goal: your goal. Whether it’s delivering a new project or addressing a unique challenge, our fully-integrated team of in-house, multidisciplinary experts can make it happen quickly. Read More

COVID-19 Statement


The safety and health of our associates, clients and partners has always been and remains a top priority for us, and especially as we navigate these uncertain times with COVID-19. Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Lisa Billing headshot

International Women’s Day is a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” We’re marking the occasion by sharing insights from three leading women at Opus! Read More

Opus Foundation® Supports Project for Pride in Living’s Career Readiness and Housing Stability Program

Women at table

Workforce development, including training underserved populations for greater self-sufficiency, is one of the five focus areas of the Opus Foundation®. Recently, the Foundation awarded the Minneapolis-based nonprofit with a $50,000 Impact Fund grant to support career-readiness training with housing stability to provide positive outcomes for residents with low incomes. Read More

Girls on the Run-Chicago Empowered 10,000+ Girls with 2018 Building Community Award

Opus Grant Award Group Photo

Almost two years ago, Girls on the Run–Chicago (GOTRC) won the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award. The annual award, which honors our founder’s legacy of giving, provided GOTRC with a gift of $65,000 grant to further its mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running and physical activity. Read More

Our 2019 Top News Coverage

residents of 365 Nicollet gather in the luxury building’s well-designed club room

As the year wraps up and we’re busy with year-end work, we wanted to shine a light on our top news coverage of the year. Take a look back with us. Read More

Happy Holidays!

The artwork on our annual holiday greeting is the third in a series of community-created work.

The artwork on our annual holiday greeting is the third in a series of community-created work. Read More

Greg Woelfel: Build it Like it’s Your Own

Greg Woelfel, senior superintendent, Opus Design Build, L.L.C.

Our superintendents take an active part in our projects, bringing forth ideas to make the building better, save the client money and accelerate the construction schedule. Find out how clients benefit from Greg’s years of experience. Read More

In the News: May 5, 2017

luxury apartment development, luxury apartment construction

The grand opening of Citizen Park Luxury Apartments, completion of the new corporate headquarters for Delta Defense LLC and new hires in the Phoenix office are in this week’s news. Read More

In the News: March 24, 2017

exterior of The Union on Lincoln Way Student Living

The start of construction on a private student housing development and the completion of an industrial development are in this week’s news. Read More

In the News: March 17, 2017

ISU's new residence hall

Completion of a residence hall, the start of construction on a private student housing development and the completion of an industrial development are in this week’s news. Read More

In the News: December 2, 2016

Spec industrial development in Phoenix, AZ

Opus’ selling of an industrial warehouse in Phoenix, Ariz., the start of construction on a luxury mulifamily development in Edina, Minn., and employee promotions are in this week’s news. Read More

In the News: November 11, 2016

The Loden apartments in Edina, Minn.

Opus’ recent purchase in order to develop a luxury apartment building in Edina, Minn., and the completion and leasing of an industrial development near Des Moines, Iowa, are in this week’s news. Read More

Developing the Student Living Experience: A Q & A with Our Student Housing Development Team

The Foundry

With unique, community-driven projects under our belt, we look to continue building our student housing portfolio with thoughtful developments that contribute to the success of students and the vitality of universities across the country. We take a best practices approach to all of our developments, applying the things we’ve learned from other projects – regardless of sector – to each new project. Read More

In the News: September 2, 2016

luxury apartment development, luxury apartment construction

Building booms in the St. Louis metro, delivering an unmet need in Kansas City, retail construction in the Twin Cities and more are in this week’s news. Read More

In the News: August 12, 2016

Delta Defense’ Headquarters to be constructed by Opus

An office outside Milwaukee, an industrial building outside Kansas City and a multifamily building in Minneapolis are in news from the last couple week. Read More

In the News: July 29, 2016

Photos of 56 Commerce Center, building B by The Opus Group

Industrial and residential project starts in Kansas City and Minneapolis, an office project completion in Minneapolis and a new hire for Indianapolis are in this week's news. Read More

Putting Our Partnership in Action for ConAgra Foods


Delivering the 1.6-million-square-foot ConAgra Foods Distribution Center in Frankfort, Ind., involved thoughtful and skillful collaboration by the entire project team, resulting in an incredibly successful facility that satisfies ConAgra’s requirements for maximum efficiency and competitive differentiation and empowers their mission of making the food people love. Read More

Opus Differentiates with End-to-End Development Services


Opus is uniquely positioned as a single-source provider to navigate the entire real estate process from start to finish, with complete development services, including capital markets access and expertise. We’re providing transformative real estate solutions to improve patient health, provider value and the total care experience. Read More

In the News: September 26, 2014


In the news this week, we announced the start of construction on a new industrial project, learned about the trend in bike-friendly developments and more. Read More

In the News: May 16, 2014


In the news this week are updates about Ivy on Fourteenth, downtown Minneapolis, industrial and greenwashing. Check out the informative articles in this week’s news. Read More