The Opus Group® Announces Contract for Chicago Tube & Iron Warehouse Expansion


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - ​The Opus Group announced today that Opus Design Build, L.L.C. has been awarded a contract from Chicago Tube & Iron in Eagan, Minn., for a 40,000-square-foot warehouse addition. The project has received final city approval and is scheduled to break ground in May.

As well as the expansion, Opus also will complete interior renovations, refinish the front entrance of the building and add a new canopy to reflect the exterior design of other Chicago Tube & Iron facilities.

“We are grateful to continue our long-standing partnership with Chicago Tube & Iron,” said Jeff Mertens, senior project manager at Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “We’re pleased to be able to deliver a design that allows Chicago Tube & Iron to keep its location with access to Interstate 35E while providing the updates and additional space the company requires for its expanding business.”

In addition to the warehouse expansion, interior renovations will increase the facility’s handicap accessibility and will modernize finishes in restrooms and other areas. Showers will be removed and replaced with 40 lockers and a new lighting and air mechanical system will brighten and improve air flow in the break room.

“We are very excited to launch this project to further support our customers,” said Donald R. McNeeley, president and chief executive officer of Chicago Tube & Iron. “This important investment will help us to grow with them while ensuring we continue providing the very highest level of service. The expansion also better enables us to capture market synergies as a result of our affiliation with Olympic Steel.”

Opus Design Build, L.L.C. will provide construction services and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. will be responsible for structural and architectural design. MFRA, Inc. will perform civil engineering and landscaping and Hallberg Engineering will provide the mechanical and electrical design services.

Completion is slated for fall 2013.

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 its operating subsidiaries; Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. 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