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Old March 23rd, 2012, 04:14 PM   #21
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Mall of America planning a $200 million expansion.
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie...expansion.html

"...for a $200 million expansion that would be anchored by Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic Latest from The Business Journals Follow this company and a hotel..."

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Old March 24th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #22
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no connection to Ikea?
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Old March 24th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #23
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no connection to Ikea?
Not yet apparently. Looks like they intend to expand in phases.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #24
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wait a minute... another hotel? or do they mean the one already under construction on the other side of the mall?

edit: wow, it looks like there WILL be another hotel!
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Old April 4th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #25
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Construction update on the Radisson Blu, from the Star Tribune. Photos by Bruce Bisping.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #26
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The Radisson Blu project is ending up being way taller than I had imagined it would be. I'm surprised that I can see it poking out over the horizon all the way from my office in Burnsville!
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Old April 6th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #27
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I was just thinking also how tall it is.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #28
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Rendering: Mall of America picks local partner for $200M addition

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal by Sam Black, Senior reporter
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:01pm CDT - Last Modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 6:27am CDT

"The Mall of America has selected a local partner to develop and build an addition to the Bloomington mall that is expected to cost $200 million to $250 million and include a luxury hotel, a large medical office building for the Mayo Clinic and new retail and parking space.

Ryan Cos. US Inc. beat out a few other local developers for the right to partner on the next expansion project, said Kurt Hagen, senior vice president of development for Triple Five Worldwide, the shopping center’s Edmonton, Alberta-based ownership group..."


"Conceptual rendering of Mall of America's medical office tower (left) and luxury hotel (right) that Ryan Cos. US Inc. will help develop and build."
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 09:23 PM   #29
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Construction update on the Radisson Blu hotel, much better in person than the renders showed.

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Old June 3rd, 2012, 08:48 PM   #30
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Good to see it's almost done on the outside, but I'm not so sure about this kind of architecture. It screams kitsch
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 09:07 PM   #31
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Very cool!
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I don't think it "screams kitsch." And I also don't think it looks any better than the renders.

What it looks like is a perfectly ordinary building with perfectly ordinary and expected aluminum windows set in a perfectly ordinary precast exterior that looks completely at home next to a rather drab shopping mall. Dull. Dull. Dull.

And the all-too-common zinc wall plates (which 20 years ago were slightly innovative) now just shout that "we've run out of ideas." I could easily mistake it for an addition to a suburban hospital.

Boring with a capital "B."
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And to carry forward my disappointment ...

The new Mayo Clinic addition to the MOA looks even MORE boring than the Radisson Blu, if that's possible. Yes, we all know that the Mayo is not exactly a patron of adventurism. But, for Pete's sake, how can an organization like that that prides itself on being at the leading edge of scientific medical advancement simultaneously be so damned conservative when it comes to its own physical presence?

Doesn't anyone else see a disconnect here? I would expect a forward-thinking medical center would invest in architecture that reflects their philosophy. Instead, it keeps on building structures that are - at best - snooze-fests. What the hell is Mayo thinking?
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And to carry forward my disappointment ...

The new Mayo Clinic addition to the MOA looks even MORE boring than the Radisson Blu, if that's possible. Yes, we all know that the Mayo is not exactly a patron of adventurism. But, for Pete's sake, how can an organization like that that prides itself on being at the leading edge of scientific medical advancement simultaneously be so damned conservative when it comes to its own physical presence?

Doesn't anyone else see a disconnect here? I would expect a forward-thinking medical center would invest in architecture that reflects their philosophy. Instead, it keeps on building structures that are - at best - snooze-fests. What the hell is Mayo thinking?
I wouldn't say all their buildings are boring.. Some of them are rather nice..
what does their MOA building going to look like?
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I wouldn't say all their buildings are boring.. Some of them are rather nice..
what does their MOA building going to look like?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #37
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I wonder if Bloomington officials ever considered having this hotel be designed in a manner that might actually be engaging for pedestrians at street level. Unless I'm missing something it looks like it will be typical suburban office parking ramp design for the first three floors. I've been to the mall many, many times and am well aware that it is surrounded by wide, auto-dominated streets, so maybe people believe that there is just too much to overcome to actually implement urban designs that would encourage and safely accommodate additional pedestrian traffic, but I really thought planning in the Twin Cities was a bit more progressive than this.

With the light rail and the newer residential buildings several blocks to the east, does Bloomington not see value in creating the opportunity for increased pedestrian traffic which would help create a more vibrant area and perhaps help spur redevelopment on some of the other underutilized parcels in the area? Couldn't they have built a restaurant/bar into the first floor with an entrance from 81st Street or Killebrew Drive or whatever that street is, and done something slightly less drab with the exterior design of the parking levels?
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Old August 8th, 2012, 05:03 AM   #38
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^ They are going to put in walls along the street, take out the crosswalks, and put in a skyway in the name of pedestrian safety.
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The new Radisson Blu hotel is nearly finished.

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