1st LEED Gold Certified Multifamily Residential Project in Minneapolis
Several years ago, the City of Minneapolis sold the parking ramp adjacent to the former Grandma’s Saloon site to a private developer and negotiated minimum development obligations for the site as part of that transaction, including a requirement for LEED certification. The result is 7west, the first LEED Gold Certified multifamily residential project created in Minneapolis. 7west is a $41 million, 213-unit apartment building that spans the parking ramp site and former Grandma’s Saloon site.
The 7west building design incorporates many great features that go above and beyond typical sustainable construction and energy conservation techniques. The site location, community and building amenities, and new life for the abandoned and contaminated site are some of the key elements attributing to the Gold Certification. Additional points are attributed to the water efficiency, energy conservation, materials and indoor environmental quality features and upgrades implemented with the building.
The 7west development and construction team implemented several building design features and amenities to help aid in the overall operational costs for the building owners and residents, as well as carbon savings resulting from the efficiencies of the building. Some key building features include:
- Passive Solar Design
- CO Controlled HVAC Intakes
- Resident Controlled HVAC Design
- LED & Fluorescent Lighting
- Energy Star Appliances
- Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures, Dual Flush Toilets, & Water Bottle Filling Stations
- Rain Water Collection system serving the site landscaping
- Recycling and Composting Chutes on every level, local
- Car-Sharing and Bike-Sharing Programs
- On-Site Secure Bike Storage for 274 bikes
- Operable Windows with Floor to Ceiling Daylighting & Views
- Contech Storm Water Filtration
- White Membrane Roofing
- Low VOC Paints
- Air Quality Controls Including Fresh Air Intakes and Exhausted Kitchen OTR Microwave Hoods
- Resident Informative Training and Operations Manuals to make the most of their experience at 7west.
These building features, along with the overall building design and materials & equipment used for this project provide for an expected 22% annual energy savings as compared to typical apartment buildings and building code standards.
As part of the growing urban lifestyle, 7west hopes to not only serve as a community leader for sustainable living, but to help implement the benefits of this lifestyle with the day-to-day activities for our residents and our community.
Project partners included TE Miller Development, Solhem Companies, Commers Property Development, Alatus, Greiner Construction, Ben Franklin Electric, Wenzel Plumbing, SR Mechanical, Civil Site Group, Tushie Montgomery Architects, Peer Engineering, Martha Dayton Design, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, and U+B Architecture, Andrew Hong, Brad Kaspari, and Marcus Young.
Last updated Apr 15, 2014