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Beyond the Skyline is a podcast from Finance & Commerce newspaper about economic development, commercial real estate and construction in Minnesota. Above all, it’s a show about what’s next, creativity and the innovation in technology that are changing how we work and shaping the future of business throughout Minnesota.

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Beyond the Skyline is a podcast from Finance & Commerce newspaper about economic development, commercial real estate and construction in Minnesota. Above all, it’s a show about what’s next, creativity and the innovation in technology that are changing how we work and shaping the future of business throughout Minnesota.

    Interview: Tony Layne, Managing Director and Principal at Perkins & Will in Minneapolis

    Interview: Tony Layne, Managing Director and Principal at Perkins & Will in Minneapolis

    When we last spoke with Tony Layne in October, the managing director and principal at the Minneapolis office of architecture firm Perkins & Will talked about retaining talent, receiving an AIA award and the core values at his Minneapolis office. The world has changed since then.

    Much of Layne’s focus has been on work for corporate clients, including renovation and repositioning work of office buildings. Some of his projects include the repositioning of the AT&T Tower in downtown Minneapolis, the expansion and renovation of Land O Lakes Arden Hills headquarters and the conversion of a midcentury, single-tenant office building at 3701 Wayzata Blvd. in Minneapolis into a multi tenant office building.

    Layne, 42, grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Bloomington with his wife and their son.

    Reporter Matt Johnson caught up with Layne to talk about the evolving nature of design. Layne sees a future in which his work advances the integration of technology into a workplace that is both mobile and office centered. Commercial office space will continue to have a solid place in that work world, but more as a place where people choose to be together rather than a place they are required to go every day.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/03/qa-architect-envisions-office-as-place-where-workers-want-to-go/

    • 23 min
    Interview: Bill Baxley, Managing Director at Gensler

    Interview: Bill Baxley, Managing Director at Gensler

    In this episode, Finance & Commerce reporter Brian Johnson speaks with Bill Baxley, Managing Director
    of the Minneapolis office of the Gensler architecture firm.

    Baxley has been in charge of the 30-person office for nearly 3 years. He recently oversaw Gensler’s
    move into 8,000 square feet of space on the top floor of the 706 Building at the Baker Center. Baxley has
    more than 30 years of experience in the field, including 24 in the Twin Cities region. His work on public,
    corporate, and educational projects has been recognized both locally and nationally.

    Baxley spoke with Brian about a wide range of design topics, including the coronavirus scare and how
    the health crisis might have an impact on designs of the future.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/03/government-office-closings-present-risks-to-contractors/

    https://finance-commerce.com/2019/11/qa-baxley-embraces-the-design-of-change/

    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/03/pandemic-could-drive-office-school-design-trends/

    • 24 min
    Interview: Josh Brandsted, Arnie Gregory of Greco

    Interview: Josh Brandsted, Arnie Gregory of Greco

    Josh Brandsted has been president of Minneapolis development company Greco for the past five years. At the start of the year he was named managing partner and now has a 50 percent ownership in the business.

    A New Underwood, South Dakota, native, Brandsted worked his way up to his leadership role from running the books for one of Greco’s apartment buildings. Now 37, he will be running much of Greco’s workload and leading the company’s 45 employees.

    Earlier this year, Greco finish work on the Sable condominiums it built as part of United Properties The Nordic project, a property just down the street from Greco’s offices in the Copham apartment building the company renovated in the Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood. Greco currently manages about 900 apartments in the Twin Cities, but is seeking to grow that number to 2,500 in the coming years.

    In late January, Reporter Matt Johnson spoke with Brandsted and Greco founder Arnie Gregory to learn more about Brandsted and his rise to co-lead the company.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/01/qa-grecos-new-leader-has-the-ability-to-do-it-all/

    • 27 min
    Bonding 2020: Mike Berthelsen, the U of M’s vice president of University Services

    Bonding 2020: Mike Berthelsen, the U of M’s vice president of University Services

    The Minnesota Legislature has some tough choices to make this year when it comes to borrowing money for public works projects.

    During the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers are expected to consider a bonding bill that could range in size from just under $1 billion to $2 billion-plus. More than $5 billion requests from state agencies and local governments are in the mix for funding.

    In a series of upcoming articles, Finance & Commerce is taking a closer look at some of the notable requests. Many of the stories in the series will include an accompanying interview and episode of Beyond the Skyline, offering additional in-depth analysis. Watch for those shows labeled Bonding 2020.

    The series begins with a focus on the University of Minnesota’s $317.3 million wish list for everything from building maintenance to chemistry lab upgrades.

    University Services is the department behind the scenes that provides the non-academic operations to the University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities campus and, for some services, system wide. According to their website, they “shovel the snow, serve the food, patrol the streets, heat the buildings, renovate facilities, monitor lab safety, and house our students.”

    Reporter Brian Johnson sat down with University Services Vice President Mike Berthelsen to talk about the U’s specific needs during this bonding session.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/03/bonding-2020-preserving-the-states-educational-assets/

    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/02/minnesota-coronavirus-testing-lab-needs-21-5-million-fix/

    • 22 min
    Interview: Chris Romano, Executive Director at Seward Redesign

    Interview: Chris Romano, Executive Director at Seward Redesign

    Chris Romano believes that even a half century of rebuilding and redeveloping one of Minneapolis’ most dense and diverse neighborhoods is only a beginning.

    In January, Romano moved into the executive director’s position with Seward Redesign, a neighborhood-based community development organization that just celebrated its 50-year anniversary. The nonprofit recently secured tax increment financing for the planned 32-unit Wadaag Commons and the 128-unit Bessemer Apartments, which will be the first market-rate apartment developed in Seward in 40 years.

    Romano sat down with Reporter Matt M. Johnson to talk about his new role and what he likes to do when he’s not at work.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2020/02/qa-romano-sees-complex-projects-in-sewards-future/

    • 15 min
    Experts Forum: Creating a cluster of innovation in Rochester

    Experts Forum: Creating a cluster of innovation in Rochester

    This special episode of Beyond the Skyline, features an Experts Forum on innovation in Rochester. Innovation being synonymous with Mayo Clinic is nothing new. But now, thanks to Rochester’s massive multiyear undertaking to present the entire city as a beacon for innovators and entrepreneurs, the entire region 75 miles south of the Twin Cities is poised for a technological and economic renaissance.

    The panelists include Dr. Traci Downs, Shaye Mandle, Dr. Clark Otley, Dr. Stephen Russell, Chris Schad and Pam York.

    Related links:
    https://finance-commerce.com/2019/12/expert-forum-creating-a-cluster-of-innovation-in-rochester/

    https://www.pageturnpro.com/FCI/93168-Creating-a-Cluster-of-Innovation-in-Rochester/sindex.html

    • 1 hr 20 min

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