The Rochester Development Services and Infrastructure Center and North Station Reaches Completion
ROCHESTER, Minn. (October 2020) — The City of Rochester has completed an adaptive reuse and building of the Development Services and Infrastructure Center (DSIC) and the North Station for the Rochester Police Department (RPD). Located at the corner of 41st Street NW and West River Parkway, the project was constructed by Kraus-Anderson. The total project investment was $18.4 million.
As space became limited at City Hall, the City of Rochester bought the former Think Bank building and land in 2016 in order to relocate the RPD and the City’s newly forming Development Services and Infrastructure team, which includes the Community Development Department, Building Safety and Public Works. The DSIC is meant to provide the community with a “one-stop-shop,” providing ease for those coming to complete various tasks related to construction or development. Designed by BKV Group, the 47,000-square-foot adaptive reuse of the Think Bank building and construction of an additional building began in July of 2019.
Deputy City Administrator Aaron Parrish shares, “We are excited to reach this point and thank all of our project partners for their work. The creation of the North Station and Development Services and Infrastructure Center represents the City’s commitment to provide coordinated service and the best customer service we can offer to our residents and businesses.”
The City worked with the project partners to use the B3 sustainability tools and programs to help make the renovated and new buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. Stormwater that falls upon the North Service Center and DSIC will be treated on site thanks to the trees planted in the GreenBlue Urban Arbor System installed in the parking lot. The GreenBlue Arbor System provides structural support for pavement while preventing compaction of the soils in the root zone. The system installed at the DSIC serves as an example of a volume-reducing stormwater management option that can be used where other volume-reducing practices, such as an infiltration basin, are not feasible. Additionally, GreenBlue uses recycled plastic to make their structural components, as opposed to new, virgin materials. The success of this project is attributed to design and field service representatives from GreenBlue Urban, DSIC project managers, design teams and construction teams working together.
Companies contracted to perform work on the project were required to pay Prevailing Wage commercial rates for Olmstead County established by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The workforce participation goals (women: 6%, minorities: 4%) for this project were based on the City of Rochester’s Targeted Business Utilization Plan adopted in 2015. Women performed 3% of the reported work hours on this project. Minorities performed 9.5% of the work hours reported. Mankato-based Schwickert’s Tecta America, LLC provided the most minority workforce hours (781) followed by locally owned Sargent’s Landscape Nursery (232 hours).
COVID-19: KRAUS-ANDERSON’S COMMITMENT TO JOB SAFETY
As the world continues to deal with and adapt to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kraus-Anderson’s top priority remains safety. The company has implemented stringent social distancing practices and other elevated safety protocol on construction job sites, details of which can be found at KA’s COVID-19 Response Page.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Kraus-Anderson, an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.