Opus Projects Receive Industry Awards

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12/5/2013
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​It’s definitely awards season for us, and our project teams are bringing home the hardware. Three projects were recently recognized for their excellence. 

Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Region

Two projects received Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) awards in Kansas City this week. The Iowa Army National Guard AFRC Complex won the Honor award for Institutional Project over $10 million, and the Freightquote Headquarters project received a Merit award in the category of Commercial Project over $10 million. The projects represent the excellence achieved through our unique design-build process.

“It is a great honor for the Freightquote project to be selected from the many deserving projects that were submitted,” Oscar Healy, vice president of construction, said. “Congratulations to the entire project team!”

The DBIA-MAR awards recognize projects that successfully demonstrate the application of design-build principles, including interdisciplinary collaboration in the early stages of the project and acceptance of single-entity risk.  All projects submitted for the award must have been completed on time and on budget, and they should exemplify the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation and problem solving.

“We’re really proud to have been part of the Iowa Army National Guard’s project,” Jeff Smith, director of design-build project management, said. “It was such an honor to have the opportunity to support their mission.”

Minnesota Shopping Center Association STARR Awards

The Shopping Center Tribute Awards for Retail Real Estate (STARR) honor outstanding projects in the retail and shopping center industry. The Station on Washington student housing project received the award in the Mixed Use category. The project included 11,000 square feet of ground-level retail, which includes Walgreens and Haiku Sushi.

“The success of this project is a reflection of the talent and dedication of each member of the Opus team who committed to a tight schedule and delivered the highest quality private housing project seen at The University of Minnesota,” said Matt Rauenhorst, senior director of real estate development. “It was a pleasure to work with each of them, and I look forward to continued success at Venue at Dinkytown and other mixed-use projects.”

Because there’s a lot of complexity in design-build projects, especially award-caliber projects, we’ll be profiling the projects in the coming days here.