Finance & Commerce announces Top Projects of 2021

The construction industry faced a myriad of challenges in 2021 ranging from increased costs of materials and labor to rising inflation and supply chain issues. Despite all those challenges, Minnesota builders completed a plethora of projects, including banks, medical facilities, apartments and more. Among those finished projects, an independent panel selected 51 honorees for Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Projects awards.

Projects honored this year include the Market at Malcolm Yards and an addition to the Center for Performing Arts; several apartment buildings, and a number of additions and renovations to schools and universities.

When selecting the projects, the panel of judges looked at the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.

The projects will be featured in a special magazine and in a series of stories and photos in the Finance & Commerce daily newspaper and on the F&C website starting in July. The people and companies behind the projects also will be honored at a July 21 event at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

This year’s Top projects of 2021 include:


Fairview Business Center

641-655 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul

Owner: Hillcrest Development LLLP

Contractor: Steiner Construction Services and Doran Special Projects

Architect: Tanek

Engineer: Braun Intertec, Rehder & Associates Inc. and VAA

Highway 8 Business Center

475 Old Highway 8, New Brighton

Owner: Hillcrest Development LLLP

Contractor: Doran Special Projects LLC

Architect: Tanek

Engineer: Terracon and Rehder & Associates

SEE ARTICLE FOR FULL LIST OF SELECTED PROJECTS