AtWater hires architect for downtown Duluth office towerAtWater Group, Maurices and the city of Duluth have agreed to hire a Minneapolis architect group to design a new corporate office tower in downtown Duluth.
By: Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune
AtWater Group, Maurices and the city of Duluth have agreed to hire a Minneapolis architect group to design a new corporate office tower in downtown Duluth.
RSP Architects will partner with local architects and engineering firms on the building planned for 425 W. Superior St., the 425 Project Partners announced Thursday.
The design team will spend the next 60 days coming up with details on a plan for a 15-story building with 300,000 square feet of office space and a parking ramp. Maurices will be the main tenant. The National Bank of Commerce also has signed on as a tenant.
RSP is best known for its work with Target Corp. It just completed the design of two eight-story office towers for the Minnesota-based retailer. RSP reports that it works on 24 million square feet of office space a year.
“This is a big step forward in the project,” Brian Forcier, president of AtWater Group, said in a news release announcing the hire. “We had been working with a schematic drawing to give people a sense of what the project could look like, but now we’ll start working with RSP to develop the details.”
The $80 million project is a joint private-public venture. The city of Duluth is matching an $8.5 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help pay for infrastructure work and construction of the parking ramp. Maurices is investing about $30 million in the project.
Demolition of the two-story building on the site may not happen until this fall as pieces of the project continue to come together. The demolition of the former KDLH-TV building was initially targeted for late last year, then this spring.
If demolition is done this fall, construction of the first phase, the 600-vehicle, city-owned parking ramp, could begin in December. Construction of the tower portion won’t start until May 2014 with completion in late August 2015.
The next step for the partners will be selecting a construction management firm. That process is expected to be completed by mid-June.