The Case Building — Saint Paul, MN
The old Case Tractor Factory is a 160,000+ square foot facility that sits on more than 7 acres and is located along I-94 and Highway 280 in the heart of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Designed as a companion building to the adjacent Court International, the warehouse-to-office conversion is one of the year’s most talked about Twin Cities commercial architecture projects. Following seven months of intense rehab and construction by Suntide Commercial Realty, the renovated Case building is open and has already attracted major users.
Creative Streetscape Draws a Crowd
The renovated space includes a newly-created interior “streetscape” running down the center of the warehouse, which serves as a 30,000-square-foot tenants’ common area. Small, functional windows have been replaced with more than 60 expansive openings fitted with energy efficient glass, along with massive skylights, flooding the space with new light. 15 foot ceilings open to the deck, skylights throughout, and exposed metal beams make the Case building a must-see example of adaptive reuse architecture. Garage-style doors within tenant spaces open to the collaborative common area, which features seating and game areas. A sprawling latticework of hand-riveted steel girders provides a unique, industrial aesthetic.
From Underutilized to Thriving
More than 65% of the building has already been leased. Tenants include engineering firm Kimley Horn, an innovative new brewery called The Lab, and new offices, classroom space, and library for United Theological Seminary. There are also new office spaces for A’viands, which provides food management services to campuses and commercial buildings, as well as United Rentals, the industrial and commercial equipment and tool rental company. These tenants are enjoying the unique aesthetics of the Case building and the distinctive character and amenities of the Midway neighborhood.