Climate by Design International Enlists Opus to Design and Construct New Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Owatonna, Minn.

Climate by Design International (CDI), a designer and manufacturer of custom desiccant dehumidifiers and critical process air handlers, has enlisted Opus to develop and construct a 203,760-square-foot headquarters and production facility in Owatonna, Minn. The building at 200 Festal Place NW allowed CDI to bring all its operations and employees into a single facility, streamlining production and distribution while strengthening its corporate culture and supporting growth into new markets.

With easy access to I-35, the new state-of-the-art facility keeps CDI rooted in Owatonna, where it has operated for its entire 30-year history. CDI chose Opus for the project based on a successful track record delivering similar build-to-suit corporate and manufacturing facilities, including the neighboring Bosch warehouse and distribution facility. Opus' one-team approach​ to design-build assured CDI certainty of outcome with regard to ease of the process, on-time delivery and budget.

The building includes a two-story office with abundant glass to draw in natural light and manufacturing and distribution space. The design includes a wide range of amenities to help retain and attract the company's growing workforce. It features:

  • four dock doors
  • 221 vehicle parking stalls
  • two large training rooms
  • catering kitchen and large two-story cafeteria with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • outdoor patio and walking path around the 14-acre property
  • air conditioning throughout the building, including the manufacturing area
  • fitness room with lockers and showers
  • prayer room
  • bike room
Opus also designed the building to accommodate overhead cranes that CDI uses in production and distribution.

The project was completed in October 2023.