Schemmer* asked for a challenge, and the City of Sioux Falls did just that. They told us to see what could be done on this "postage stamp sized" surplus property on which others had tried and failed to elicit a positive response from City staff. As soon as we viewed the site, we knew this would be a one-of-a-kind, winner! Although the site was unusually small, its location at a bend in the Sioux River in the heart of Downtown screamed for a world-class solution!
Schemmer quickly developed and presented this slender 15-level building to City staff. The concept has been described as "stunning and magnificent". We were able to reserve over 60 percent of the site for public access surrounding the mixed-use, high rise structure with walking, biking and outdoor dining; featuring the Big Sioux River, our City's name sake. These amenities flow naturally into the City's new and developing River Greenway plan.
Private parking is below-grade while the ground floor is designed for a high-end specialty restaurant, situated to take advantage of the park-like setting.
Floors 2 through 5 are exclusive office suites with views in all directions. Floors 6 through 8 each house two large private residences while Floors 9 through 11 contain one luxury condominium on each. Floor 12 is the lower level of a two-story penthouse that will be unmatched in Sioux Falls. The tower is topped by a rooftop garden that is exclusive to the residents.
Each level of the building will offer the undisputed best views up and down the river, as well as out and over the City.
*project completed by MSH Architects prior to joining Schemmer