Client Doran Companies
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Scope Six-story, 102-unit apartment complex with two levels of underground parking on a 1.13-acre site

412 Lofts

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • Topographic Surveying, ALTA, Plat, Final Plat, Construction Staking
  • Planning
  • Civil Engineering, Site Design
  • Landscape Architecture


This project involved fitting a 49,000 SF, 6-story, 102-unit apartment complex with two levels of underground parking on a 1.13-acre site. Add to that that the site is adjacent to an existing historical mansion in the heart of busy Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota. With only a little over an acre of land, unconventional thinking was necessary to design within the tight constraints of the property and maintain the historical character of the area.

Tight Site Constraints

Westwood maximized the site by creating solutions to meet the city's strict stormwater regulations. Because of limited space and a zero set-back on the building, all drainage was pumped through a large pipe system (4’ diameter and 230’ long), which was buried in the street right-of-way and involved continuous coordination with city and watershed staff.

Accustomed to critical coordination across multiple stakeholders, Westwood’s team proactively mitigated risk by working with utilities to bury overhead power lines, phasing the project around renovation of the historic mansion, grading to help preserve the nature of the existing building, and providing access from driveway to underground parking, pedestrian walkways, stairs, and ADA accessibility.

A special feature of this project was a memorial garden to the client’s sister which was heavily landscaped with planting screens and included paved paths and columns to create a unique space.