Client Northern Stacks LLC
Location Fridley, Minnesota
Scope 120-acre, 1.8 million SF, industrial redevelopment

Northern Stacks

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • ALTA and Topographic Survey
  • Master Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Brownfield Clean-Up Coordination
  • Construction Staking


This 120-acre, 1.8 million SF project is the largest industrial redevelopment site in the state with brownfields involving the PCA, EPA, national, and local governments. Once cleaned up, it will create 1.8 million SF of new tax base for Minnesota. The site includes an existing 2 million SF building in the middle, with a plan to consolidate and demolish a portion of the old building into a 500,000 SF "new" building for the current tenant. A new 200,000 SF warehouse building was completed in 2015.

Overcoming Obstacles

Unconventional thinking was necessary in order to synchronize all of the moving parts within this project. Timing involved working around an existing huge building, keeping the tenant onsite, and coordinating brownfield cleanup with environmental, so cleanup could be done and sites could be turned over to the satisfaction of the EPA and PCA at state and federal levels.

Accustomed to the critical coordination across multiple partners, multiple contracts, cross connections, and current tenant stakeholders, Westwood’s team was proactive to mitigate risk.

Dynamic Master Planning

Maximum flexibility in master planning was necessary for the client and this project. Internal uncertainties, such as whether or not the roads would be public or private, meant designing around changing uses, especially with environmental concerns. Aware of the challenges, Westwood’s project team was prepared for constant change and problem solving.