From 9 to 1: Opus Constructs Corporate Campus for Cargill

The redevelopment of this 31-acre industrial property into beautiful Class A office space called for a sophisticated and sustainable planning response to integrate the campus into the fabric of the existing neighborhood.

Warren R. Staley
Retired Chairman and CEO
Cargill, Inc.


With plans to consolidate its more than 3,000 employees who were spread across nine different Minneapolis locations into one corporate campus, Cargill, Inc. enlisted Opus to design and construct a 920,000-square-foot, three-building, Class A office complex.

Known as Excelsior Crossings, the 31-acre development includes three seven-story buildings. The complex was built in three phases with each individual building making up a phase.

Each of the three buildings include basements and corresponding structured parking ramps.

To better achieve the campus feel and promote employee collaboration, the buildings are joined by three-story links – two levels above grade and one level below grade – that serve as dining areas during the day and large group gathering spaces at night. A central courtyard with a pond feature and outdoor dining areas with walking paths connects to the Hennepin County bike and walking path system.

Collaborating with Cargill from project inception as a part of Opus’ uniquely integrated design-build approach, Opus designed buildings that included multiple amenities meant to help foster employee collaboration, engagement and productivity. Such amenities include:
  • a full-service kitchen/cafeteria/server;
  • two coffee shops;
  • centralized large meeting spaces;
  • a full-service fitness center complete with locker rooms, shower facilities and a group exercise/dance studio and
  • a 300-seat auditorium.

Built with sustainable construction practices, each of the three buildings has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include:
  • extra high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems,
  • natural day lighting on all floors with automated and daylight lighting controls,
  • chemical free water treatment systems,
  • low flow plumbing fixtures,
  • reflective roofing systems and
  • efficient irrigation systems and green housekeeping.