ORB Management was recently engaged by Sourcewell, located in Staples, MN and Cooperative Purchasing Connection (CPC), located in Fergus Falls, MN, to provide Owner’s Representative and other real estate and project advisory services to their members under a Professional Services Agreement (PSA).
Sourcewell and CPC provide member-centered solutions that enable government, education, and nonprofit agencies to work more efficiently, and leverages their resources to strategically reinvest in the communities they serve as invaluable service cooperative partners.
For nearly two decades ORB Management has been providing strategic and tactical project advisory services to assist in the planning and implementation of real estate and facility transactions and projects, and other services related to improvements of real property. “We’re grateful for this mission-aligned partnership and the opportunity to continue serving service cooperative members and their communities across the region”, Tom Wacholz, Founder and President of ORB Management.
In the Spring of 2017, ORB Management engaged with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region in the initial planning stages of redeveloping its Downtown location. The Downtown Colorado Springs YMCA has been an asset to the community for more than 45 years, serving families from their facility at the corner of Nevada and Bijou since 1972.
ORB, using its objective approach, worked with YMCA leadership to assess the physical, functional, and financial goals for the Downtown branch, ultimately coming to the conclusion that building a new facility in partnership with an third-party development team would be the most effective way to achieve their goals. In the fall of 2018, a search process commenced to find the right partner for the YMCA and its Downtown branch.
After initiating conversations with multiple development teams, and accepting proposals from three finalists, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region entered a Memorandum of Understanding setting a path forward with White Lotus Group of Omaha Nebraska in July 2019. Their successful proposal utilized creative financing mechanisms that would allow the YMCA to obtain a new facility in a cost-effective structure for the long term, while ensuring there would be no gap in member services. White Lotus Group also brings mission-alignment and extensive experience working with YMCA’s on similar projects. The existing YMCA will continue to operate while the new facility is built on an adjacent, vacant parcel, an overall solution that is sensitive to the important role the YMCA plays in the community.
The plan calls for a 3-phase project that will touch areas of the entire city block. Phase 1 will include the new 60,000 – 80,000 square foot YMCA facility plus 100 – 200 units of mixed income housing at the corner of Nevada Ave and Platte Ave. Phase 2 is slated to deliver mixed-use offerings with roof-top amenities in place of the existing YMCA facility, with phase 3 utilizing the existing parking lot at Weber and Platte to deliver mixed use and/or office space.
Overall, the plan not only delivers a cost effective, long term solution to maintain a large YMCA branch in Downtown Colorado Springs, but delivers other synergistic uses including housing, office space, and retail offerings that will re-energize the block while creating a great new environment for current and future YMCA members and the downtown community.
Construction on Phase 1 is expected to commence in early 2021 with delivery in 2022. All other phases will be delivered in succession over the next 5-10 years.
Southwest West Central Service Cooperative in Montevideo celebrated opening their new facility this past week!! The 22,250 SF building accommodates 30-45 students with additional expansion capabilities of 24-34 students.
Kim Barse was the Project Executive and orchestrated the various steps in the planning, design and construction processes. He also took part in the ceremony!
Opening new doors!!
ORB celebrates another grand opening this fall at the Freshwater Education District in Wadena! The 32,000 SF building houses students in grades 2-12 enrolled in Freshwater’s Setting IV programming and also the education district’s staff.
Kim Barse, ORB’s Project Executive, orchestrated the various steps in the planning, design, and construction processes.
It was a day of celebration at the Mid-State Education District this past August during their ribbon-cutting ceremony! The new Setting IV Learning Center in Little Falls, MN is now open for students.
ORB served as the Owner’s Representative for the District to orchestrate the various steps of the planning, design and construction processes.