Featured Partner: Oppidan Investment Company
Creating Value in Buildings, Businesses and Communities
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota first partnered with Oppidan Investment Company in 2009, as a part of a solid five-year retail expansion plan to support the Goodwill mission. The opening of our Woodbury, Minnesota store, developed by Oppidan, marked the beginning of a relationship that would prove supportive of its mission as well as its business.
Oppidan is a Minneapolis-based real estate service company that offers a broad range of services, including real estate development, asset management, construction and project management, brokerage services, and LEED certification expertise. The word “oppidan” means city or town; the vision of founder and President, Joe Ryan, is that his firm be a “builder of towns, creator of value.” It is no wonder that while performing standard new client research on Goodwill/Easter Seals, Oppidan was pleased and “amazed at the Goodwill mission and all they do for the community.”
Since the development of the Woodbury store, Oppidan has also provided leadership in the 2010 and 2011 developments of new Goodwill stores in Minnetonka and Champlin, Minnesota. In the autumn of 2011, Oppidan and Goodwill/Easter Seals began their most challenging project, new construction of a proposed LEED-certified store. Ryan says, “We are excited that we will be developing Goodwill/Easter Seals’ first LEED-certified* store in Forest Lake, Minnesota. This is a great opportunity for us and it will say wonders for Goodwill in helping our environment.”
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is a national organization that provides standards for “building green.” Specifically, it promotes buildings that are energy efficient, environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The Forest Lake Goodwill store will meet LEED criteria in the areas of water efficiency, optimal energy performance and locally sourced materials that include recycled materials. Additionally, lighting will have low mercury content, the cleaning program will use green materials and employees will be encouraged to consider car pooling and mass transit as green-minded transportation alternatives to and from work.
At Goodwill, “going green” is nothing new. Goodwill has a long history as a re-purposer of donated goods. Re-use of goods is not only healthy for the environment, but also good for those who want affordable clothing and household items. Furthermore, Goodwill’s 27 stores have generated more than $44 million in revenue that directly supports the local economy. The net revenue from these stores helps fund training programs that put people to work.
Oppidan’s partnership with Goodwill has helped us “go green” on a whole new level. Goodwill/Easter Seals thanks Oppidan for its support, its generous donations over the years and its sponsorship of the 2011 Power of Work benefit at the Workforce Advocate level.
*pending final approval