Golf the Skyways

by Theresa Elveru
Cushman & Wakefield: Property Manager for KBS @ RBC Plaza

If you weren’t already aware of it, it gets cold in Minnesota from October to March! The fact is, either you embrace it or it is a very long and unpleasant five months! The changing seasons provide for a change in entertainment. Many head outside for skiing, skating, broom ball, ice fishing and hockey, but there is also a good amount of fun made inside. Lots of “comfort food” at great restaurants and the creation of events that others around the country would not have an opportunity to partake.

The Minneapolis skyway system is one of these opportunities. A skyway, sometimes known in other parts of the country as a sky walk, is an elevated passage way that connects from one building to another on the second floor. Minneapolis was the first in the country to have a skyway way back in 1962. They definitely caught on since that time. There are now 8 miles of skyways! Skyways serve as a very pleasant and convenient way to travel from building to building when the weather isn’t just what you would like it to be. No need for a coat, and they are a great way to get some exercise.

RBC Plaza, a KBS property located at 6th Street and Nicollet Mall in the heart of Minneapolis, is no exception. Skyways are connected on three sides of the building. In late February 2016, the Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq management staff committed to participating in the 10th Annual Skyway Open Golf Tournament presented by the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The Skyway Open is a three-day event, which was held Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28 that brings over 1,000 golfers of all ages to the downtown skyway system. With the traditional amount of holes on a golf course, 18, RBC Plaza was hole number 10. The 2016 event benefited Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plans’ Committee to End Street Homelessness. The hole’s theme, designed by Shea Architects and built by them and Unispace, a general contractor and tenant at RBC Plaza, reflected the reconstruction of Nicollet Mall.  Nicollet Mall, the street located just outside RBC Plaza, is the “Main and Main” of downtown Minneapolis. Hole number 10 was designed to highlight the current construction activity on Nicollet Mall with buildings on either side of the street, backhoes, dirt piles and yes, a couple of actual holes in the street that crated hazard holes the golf ball by chance might not be able to wind around, but rather fall into!

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The event presented an opportunity for prizes such as Best Overall Design, Best Dressed, People’s Choice Award and Most Challenging Hole. The Best Dressed went to the RBC Plaza architects who created, constructed and then dressed like construction workers.

Participating in the event was a great way to partner with the community, provided a fun event for the tenants and public and drove traffic through the building allowing the opportunity to highlighted this KBS asset, as well as give information on how to contact the building brokers for leasing.


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Theresa Elveru is property manager for KBS owned RBC Plaza and vice president at Cushman & Wakefield.