Nicollet Mall redesign competition begins

The City of Minneapolis is now accepting qualifications from design teams interested in working on a complete redesign of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

The City, in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown Council, is spearheading an effort to redesign Nicollet Mall, which is in need of a renovation. The project will include the complete reconstruction of the street and sidewalks from building face to building face from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. The vision is to create a first-class, contemporary mall that will keep downtown Minneapolis vibrant and will help spur growth for the metro area and the state for decades.

The request for qualifications (RFQ) is the first part of the design competition that will seek alternative visions for a future Nicollet Mall. The RFQ process will identify the four most qualified urban design teams. Those four teams will be asked to submit a proposal and will each receive a stipend of $30,000 to defray some of the costs of participating in the competition. Each team will have eight weeks to complete and submit their visions and designs for consideration.

The competition process will culminate in fall 2013 with the selection of the winning design team, at which point, the City of Minneapolis hopes to begin detailed schematic design for the Nicollet Mall reconstruction. The City would like to see construction completed by 2016.

Nicollet Mall reconstruction is expected to cost around $30 million to $40 million, with funding coming from a combination of State of Minnesota bond proceeds and assessments of surrounding property owners.

More information is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/nicolletmall.

Published Apr. 29, 2013