Design for the private sector

PAM Heads to University Avenue


PAM is hopping on the Green Line for our next real estate project. We are assisting in the development of Western U Plaza, the former home of the Minnesota Milk Company and Old Home Foods distribution center on University Avenue in St. Paul. Despite its distinctive Art Deco façade and prime position at the intersection […]

Community Commercial Kitchen Guide

Old buildings can be great incubators of small businesses, including those that produce food for public sale in stores. Communities sometimes work together to create a shared commercial kitchen to give more people access to a place to prepare their food at an accessible rate. “The Community Commercial Kitchen Regulation Guide” is now available at […]

Lowertown Art Exhibition


Through our partnership with Sherman Associates on the Rayette Lofts project in Lowertown – we were asked to compile artwork highlighting the historic character in and around Lowertown. We worked closely with Sherman Associates to help them more efficiently utilize the State Historic Tax Credit when they began the rehabilitation and conversion of the Rayette Building […]

Is it Cheaper to Build New than to Rehab?

That depends a little on what one means by “costs.” In pure dollars and cents, it may look like it is cheaper to tear down an old building and build a new one, but that depends somewhat on what is replacing the old building, the level of rehabilitation the building needs, and its condition before […]

Addressing Pest Issues in Historic Buildings


Guest post by Danielle Rogers of   Historic buildings are rich with history and character, but when it comes to restoring and finding a new use for them, there is one huge hurdle that many historic building owners face: pests. When buildings sit unoccupied for a long period of time, as many historic buildings […]