Olympic plays a part in the South Metro's economic recovery.
After the recent recession hampered many Minnesota cities and businesses, Olympic Companies is delighted to play a significant role in the recovery process. In what the Star Tribune describes as “a sign of Eagan’s resiliency”, Olympic has joined with Ryan Companies to develop what might become the largest Outlet Mall in the state. Once completed, the 500,000 square foot structure will host over 100 new stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Calphalon, Coach, Nike, and Polo Ralph Lauren
Baltimore based Paragon Outlets, the site’s owner, worked with Dalpost Architects to design the structure, which will uniquely join 7 buildings under a common covered walkway, allowing customers all-weather access to any of the outlet’s shops. Olympic is providing services including Spray Foam, Metal Stud Framing, Drywall, and one of the largest EIFS jobs in the state. When finished, the single level Outlet mall will provide a significant improvement for the city of Eagan, both in terms of jobs and attracting shoppers.
The key challenges facing Olympic include: the fast paced development; starting with an undeveloped lot, requiring generators to supply power where no electrical lines were previously present; and careful coordination with other sub-contractors, since the sequence of the development follows each construction stage closely. The close proximity to the airport required careful handling and re-location of a number of fiber optic cables as well.
The Paragon Outlet Mall is scheduled to open in August, 2014, and is located just East of MN-77 (Cedar Ave), on the South side of MN-13 (Sibley Memorial Highway) in Eagan.
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Olympic helping bring new life to vacant downtown Jaguar Site
Olympic is proud to be part of the 222 Hennepin project team that is currently transforming the Minneapolis Jaguar site into a 286 unit luxury apartment complex. The project is located in downtown Minneapolis on the corner of Hennepin and Washington Avenues.
The general contractor and architect of record is Ryan Cos. US, Inc. They are also part owner on the project.
The site is that of the old downtown Jaguar dealership that has been vacant since closing 8 years ago.
New construction will contain two connected buildings; one six story and one seven story, anchored by Whole Foods. The existing parking ramp is being salvaged and the new building is going up around it.
Olympic's scope of work includes metal framing, spray polyurethane foam insulation, drywall, fireproofing, and EIFS.
The project contains two unique towers on the corners of Hennepin and 1st Ave North. The towers are being constructed out of light gauge load-bearing metal framing along with prefabricated metal roof trusses.
The fast track schedule of the building has an opening slated for summer 2013.
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Olympic restoring Paramount Theatre
Olympic is in the final stages of completing the 34 Million dollar Historic renovation of the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our scope of work includes significant ornamental plaster and paint restoration of the theatre that was severely flood damaged in 2008. This project is listed on the historic register and has been an icon in Cedar Rapids since opening in 1928. After an extensive historic plaster and paint analysis, Olympic was charged with bringing the historical finishes in this facility back to its original condition. Some of the highly intricate ornamental plaster shapes were completely destroyed by the flood and had to be recreated from historical documents and photographs. Some of our biggest challenges were experimenting with plaster and paint techniques that would duplicate the existing plaster shapes and surface textures and intricate painting schemes including metallic leaf, multiple glazing finishes and Scagliola finished columns. The historic painting work is being done under Olympics contract by Conrad Schmitt Studios from New Berlin, WI. Olympic hired local contractor Pospisil Painting in Cedar Rapids for the non-historical painting work. Olympic is also responsible for the very complex scaffold systems throughout the project including the Main Auditorium. Prime Scaffold from Bensenville, IL has also been a great partner adding to the success of this project.
This project consists of a very unique blend of state of the art technology and old school craftsmanship. Leading this effort, Jeff Anderson (Lathing) & Randy Stadler (Plastering) along with our talented crews should be congratulated for a difficult job very well done. This high profile job has been called by many a “once in a lifetime” project. The highly anticipated grand re-opening of the Paramount Theatre will be in October 2012.
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Minesota Zoo contract!
Olympic has been awarded the contract for Phase
1 of the Minnesota Zoo's "Heart of the Zoo" expansion
project. This is a multi phased project that is intended to
elevate the MN Zoo to World Class Status. Designed by HGA
Architects, Phase 1 includes the Cargill Environmental Education
Center with new education space and headquarters for a new
volunteer area (the MN Zoo has approximately 1,000 volunteers!)
Within this education addition will be a new classroom designed
to view and study the new Penguins of the African Coast Exhibit.
The Zoo's long vacant Whale Pool is also being renovated into
the Target Learning Center, a new education facility which
will host the popular KAYTEE World of Birds Free-Flight Show
and a Raptor Holding Area. Phase 1 will also become the upgraded
new Main Entry to the MN Zoo. This 20 Million dollar project
is with M.A.Mortenson Company, a long time and valued customer
of Olympic Companies. The construction schedule will run from
approximately September 2010 to June 2011.
Olympic Hits One
Out of (or into) the Park!
Olympic is currently working full speed on "Target
Field" - the new Minnesota Twins Ballpark. Our work began
on the project July 21st, 2008 and we continue working our
way towards completion for opening day and the first pitch
in the Spring of 2010!
Olympic has a long standing and valuable relationship
with Mortenson Construction, who is the general contractor
on the project. Our work includes: Interior and Exterior Steel
Stud Framing, Insulation, Gypsum Board, Taping and Sanding,
Sprayed Urethane Insulation, Sprayed Fireproofing, Scaffold
and Direct Applied Polymer Finish System. Olympic has also
recently been assigned the task of "enclosing" the
"open air" stadium (click on the link below to see
Check back to watch as the excitement of building
Twins Territory grows!
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Check out the progress: Minnesota
Learn more about the Project: Minnesota
Twins Ballpark Facts
High Rise Creates
Multi-Million Dollar Vertical Neighborhood
When Construction began on the $90 million
dollar University Club Tower on the Lakefront in Downtown
Milwaukee, nobody could have imagined the complexity and intricacy
of the project.
The building which began as a 38 story high rise tower with
54 residences broken up into six typical floor plans turned
into a 39 story building with 56 uniquely designed and constructed
multi-million dollar residences.
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Olympic Takes Drama Out of Building the Guthrie Theater