An Ambitious, Urban-Inspired Development in a Minnesota Suburb
In suburbs across the United States, savvy developers are turning large, outmoded, vacant commercial lots into diverse, mixed-use, urban-feeling spaces that attract contemporary retailers. It was with this trend in mind that Kraus-Anderson Realty invested in an abandoned 100-acre commercial lot in Woodbury, a Minnesota suburb, in 2014.
To turn this sizable land investment into CityPlace—an attractive, modern retail corridor, complete with a Whole Foods Market, pedestrian-friendly scenic trails, shopping, dining, and Class A office space— Kraus-Anderson Realty partnered with St. Paul-based Collins for full-service electrical support.
- Provided product selections, design, value-saving ideas and budgeting to meet Kraus-Anderson Realty’s vision for the development
- Assessed power and lighting requirements, working from the initial civil plan, for the wide range of building pads and shells that Kraus-Anderson Realty wanted to develop
- Provided designs to meet the city’s lighting standards
- Designed an electrical infrastructure that met the city’s as well as Kraus-Anderson Realty’s requirements for an inspirational, high-end retail development
- Created an electrical foundation flexible enough to adapt to and accommodate a variety of incoming retailers and tenants with diverse power needs
- Provided all interior electrical and lighting for ten buildings with more than 20 retail spaces
- Installed an extraordinary amount of high-end accent lighting on 13 buildings and across the site, including its plaza spaces and monument signage
- Installed 150 roadway light poles and 100 pedestrian light poles for development’s walking trails
- Supported custom build-outs for multiple retail tenants
- Built in low-voltage provisions for the retail shells audio/visual and voice-data cabling
- Installed fire alarm system on 10 buildings with 20 unique retail spaces