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    September 2017 Program - Target Center Tour and Dinner at University of St. Thomas

    September 18, 2017
    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    University of St. Thomas - Opus Hall
    1000 Lasalle Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403


    Tour of Target Center

    Dinner at the University of St. Thomas

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    When the Target Center was constructed in the late 1980's, the arena was at the edge of downtown Minneapolis  The building's entrance along First Avenue was the front door and there was little development to the north of the site. The building was constructed during an era when many arenas were simply enclosed interior environments.

    Since that time, the City of Minneapolis has grown dramatically. Target Field changed the whole character of the Warehouse District along with parking ramps and skyways connecting to downtown businesses and the North Loop is continuing to see major development.  As a result, Target Center is now closer to the heart of downtown, with light rail passengers, pedestrians. and bicyclist all moving by the building. The design approach recognizes this dramatic change in the downtown context, addressing both significant exterior and interior improvements while significantly improving the fan experience.  The new entrance at the corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street opens up the building along with new windows on the concourse and suite levels; the building now is simultaneously animated for patrons inside the building and enlivens this active entertainment district from the outside.  The design goal is to have excitement inside the building be evident on the outside.  The interior has been updated in all areas from new seating to new clubs to new dramatic scoreboard.

    Size: 831,533 Sq. Ft. + new skyway and loading dock

    Budget: $130,000,000

    Components: The Target Center Renovation includes a reskinning of the exterior envelope, relocating the main entry and the addition of a new skyway. All public and premium spaces are being renovated throughout the building.


    Dick Strassburg (TEGRA Group)
    Dick Strassburg is a Partner and Co-founder of the TEGRA Group, a real estate and project advisory firm based in Minneapolis. Dick has provided Owner Representation services for a long list of high-profile private and municipal projects throughout this region - all of which were completed on time and within budget. Among this list of success stories is Target Field, which boasted a zero-item punch list on opening day, a feat never before achieved in construction of any modern major league sports facility. Dick is a registered Architect with an architecture degree from North Dakota State University.

    Ross Naylor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Alliiance)
    Ross Naylor is an architect and Principal at Alliance, leading the management of the Target Center Renovation project. A 16-year veteran in the profession, Ross's work has focused on creating meaningful spaces for people to experience and engage with. Since joining Alliance in 2002, he has worked on several significant public projects in Minneapolis, including; The Guthrie Theater, Medtronic Horn at US Bank Stadium and the Target Center Renovation.

    Jon Hines (Mortenson Construction)
    Jon provides project leadership during the design and construction phases of the project. Jon oversee's the onsite team, while maintaining important interface with ownership and the design team to ensure project budget, scope and schedule goals are established and adhered to. Jon initiates and maintains a close working relationship with customers, design partners and subcontractors. Some notable projects in Minnesota include: Mayo Clinic Square, the Timberwolves / Lynx Practice Facility and the AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown. Jon has a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University and a degree in Real Estate from the University of St. Thomas. 


    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Tour - Target Center (Meet in Skyway to Target Center)
    Note: Tour is to be given by speakers.

    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Registration & Socializing - St. Thomas

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Dinner and Presentation - St. Thomas 


    Chapter Members: Free
    Non-Chapter Members and Guests: $45.00


    1 HSW-SD credit applied for

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