ORB Navigates the Development of the NorthStar Christian Academy

The NorthStar Christian Academy (NCA) will train students to independently and critically think, while providing students with the opportunity to embrace a Christ-centered Biblical worldview as true and as the foundation for learning. The campus will consist of a full-curriculum high school for NCA students while offering classes to other students attending the Alexandria High School, as well as chapel and indoor assembly space for worship services and various other conferences and teaching functions. The second component to the campus will include an indoor FCA hockey facility that will house a full size rink, spectator seating and all necessary support spaces including locker rooms, concessions and coaching amenities. The master plan for the campus is designed to accommodate future expansion of the school and future residence halls that will house students attending the Academy.

NorthStar Christian Academy Master Site Plan © 2015 JLG Architects
NCA Rendering
NorthStar Christian Academy Rendering © 2015 JLG Architects

The FCA National Hockey Division toured prospective communities in all 48 continental states to find the ideal community to develop and construct their National Headquarters and training facility. After being short-listed along side four other cities, the Alexandria community was selected as the home for their new facility.

A collaboration between the FCA and NCA Board was established and planning of the Academy commenced in the spring of 2015. Tom Wacholz, President of ORB Management, was selected as a member of the Building Committee and ORB was later appointed as the Construction Manager. In addition to navigating the development, planning, design and construction processes, ORB Commercial Real Estate Group consulted with the Board on the land purchase transaction.

At ORB, we are blessed and excited to be collaborating on this community-based project with JLG Architects and team of local contractors.

NJPA Breaks Ground on New Office Building Expansion in Staples, MN

NJPA Ground Breaking NJPA rendering

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) broke ground on a new 30,000+ square foot office building as part of an expansion project to accommodate the tremendous growth experienced by the service cooperative. NJPA has outgrown the current facility that was built in 2011 and is adding space to hold the rapidly growing NJPA staff. The new expansion will allow the Staples facility to house up to 150 total future employees. 

Chad Coauette, NJPA Executive Director/CEO said, “Over the last several years our organizational growth has been phenomenal and the building expansion is true tribute to the hard work that has gone into making NJPA what it is today. The entire NJPA team takes great pride in the fact that we are able to make a difference for our membership throughout Region 5 and across the entire nation.”

As the Owner’s Rep, ORB is providing strategic project leadership and navigating the planning, design and construction processes on behalf of NJPA.

The nearly year-long construction project began the first week of August. On July 21, 2015 a brief ground breaking ceremony was held in honor of celebrating the success of NJPA and the positive impact that the building expansion will have across Region 5 and the entire NJPA membership. 

ORB Commercial Real Estate Group, LLC

For the past 13 years, ORB has equipped community leaders with the necessary tools to navigate the development, planning, design and construction processes.  Recently the founders of ORB Management Corporation, Tom Wacholz and Kim Barse, partnered with David L Johnson to launch ORB Commercial Real Estate Group, LLC.


Dave brings over 27 years of business experience having been licensed in both insurance as well as real estate sales.  As ORB’s Real Estate Broker he will facilitate the sourcing, listing and leasing of commercial properties to better support our clients’ strategic initiatives.  Originally from North Dakota, Dave graduated from SCSU in St. Cloud and remained in Central Minnesota to enjoy many of the opportunities the area offers.  A combination of business analysis and project management ensures a powerful support structure to helping clients with commercial real estate transactions.

To help create maximum value in your business operations and real estate assets, ORB is now offering a full range of commercial real estate solutions for investors and organizations including: 

  • Building & Land sales and purchases
  • Tenant & landlord representation
  • Site selection & acquisition
  • GIS & market analytics
  • Property & facility management
  • Lease administration
  • Asset management
  • Strategy development – lease versus own
  • Lease up and marketing

Before embarking on your next journey, contact ORB and, together, we will achieve your goals by optimizing the acquisition, development and use of facilities and real estate.

Doug Garin Retires

We are happy to announce Doug Garin’s retirement as of Dec 31, 2014.   Doug’s expertise in the areas of planning, budgeting, customer service, problem solving, team management and implementation has been an intricate part of ORB’s success over the past 12 years and we wish him all the best!

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Goodwill Now Open!

Goodwill ribbon cutting
Goodwill store ribbon cutting in Alexandria, MN

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota recently opened a new retail store in Alexandria, Minnesota that created 40+ jobs!  As a mission-driven developer, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with the investor and the Goodwill team to bring this project to fruition.