U.A. Plumber’s Union Local #15



U.A. Plumber’s Union Local #15 (Plumber’s) was experiencing growth pains. Their union hall was located in an older building in the heart of the Minneapolis CBD. Their training facility was co-located with a growing technical college in need of additional space. IAG Commercial helped U.A. Plumber’s Union Local #15 to locate a site and partner with the right experts to accomplish their real estate goals


The U.A. Plumber’s Union Local #15 occupied two facilities that were not meeting their needs. The goal was to combine the union offices/hall as well as the existing training center under one new modern facility to assist with recruiting and training efforts. The Union Hall in downtown Minneapolis needed a new identity to continue to attract members to events and meetings and the apprentice training facility located at Dunwoody College of Technology required more space for future programming.


The Union had financial benefits to moving as early as possible and desired to relocate outside of downtown Minneapolis in order to better serve their member needs for meeting attendance and member training. Existing industrial facilities were difficult to find in the midst of strong demand for industrial buildings, but the use and ceiling heights were needed for much of the required training. Parking needs were much greater than traditionally provided for an industrial building so a site was needed to support there desired level of parking.


Before conducting a site search with IAG Commercial’s (IAG) site selection team, IAG Owner’s Representative Advisors embarked on a process that included interviewing and recommending architects and general contractors.  

After an extensive interview process, these providers were selected and IAG negotiated their fees and contract agreements. IAG managed a detailed programming and budgeting process to ensure the Union’s needs were met initially and in the future. An IT/AV consultant was engaged to ensure state-of-the-art classrooms and technology. A site selection process was led by IAG Commercial.  Once a 96,000 square foot industrial building was selected, IAG Owner’s Representative Advisor managed the architectural and budgeting process to ensure the project met the Union’s budget.

IAG worked with an interior designer to select and bid all furniture, fixtures, and equipment.  IAG worked closely with a security company to select systems and secure the building and managed the bidding process as well as the construction process to ensure on time and under budget delivery.  IAG managed the payment and lien waiver process to ensure proper and accurate payment.  Last, IAG managed the move and close-out process to ensure punch list items were completed.

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