Client Southview Design
Location Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Scope 3+ acre site, 9,000 SF office building, 8,000 SF warehouse and greenhouse space

Southview Design

Project Details

Westwood’s Role  

  • Topographic Survey, Construction Staking
  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management for City Approval Process

Overview

This 3+-acre site includes a 9,000 SF office building plus an 8,000 SF warehouse and greenhouse space on one of the last undeveloped sites in Mendota Heights. Formerly wooded and a little swampy, with concrete and ceiling tiles buried in ground, cleanup needed to take place before building could begin.

Value Engineering

Westwood’s survey and civil teams worked with the city and county on gaining access to the site and driveway access to the back warehouse for the owner. The site needed soils corrections. Working with the city through several iterations, value engineering was employed to minimize costs. The building was placed where soils were best suited to maximize the site and save the owner soil corrections costs.

Getting through the city’s stormwater requirements was a long process. Along with the grade-induced retaining walls, the Westwood team devised a large rain garden to manage drainage and contain stormwater for an eco-friendly solution to stormwater management.