SPS Tower Turf Club
Eckenhoff Saunders is excited to continue its strong partnership with Sumitomo Corporation, following the successful completion of a repositioning effort for one of their Chicago properties. After Sumitomo acquired SPS Tower in Minneapolis in early 2019, Eckenhoff Saunders began working closely with ownership and management teams to reimagine the property and its tenants’ amenities. As part of a masterplan strategy, one of the first areas of focus was the ground floor outdoor space known as the ‘Turf Club.’
In its initial development, SPS Tower featured a second tower that was never constructed, allowing for a large open green space at street level. The team’s goal was to create a more useable and visually appealing exterior amenity for the building tenants. The final design utilizes one of Minneapolis’s many skyway bridges to anchor a new outdoor bar that can provide countertop seating for lunch during the week or transform into a backdrop for event catering in the evening.
The wood trellis and simple concrete materials compliment the warm tones of the existing exterior granite building cladding while providing a contemporary focal point for outdoor activities. An area once consigned to an unused grass area is reimagined with new pavers, landscaping, and modern exterior furniture to serve as a casual outdoor café.
Lastly, an impressive stone screen wall and planter were added to the south side of the property to limit views of the existing parking garage access ramp, loading dock, and new outdoor storage, creating a secluded niche for casual dining or future restaurant tenants. Through careful coordination with the owner, building management team, and general contractor, the project team delivered an impressive new amenity, unique to downtown Minneapolis, that will provide an opportunity for tenants to relax in a modern urban oasis.