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Project Overview

In 2011, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District acquired the former Hopkins Cold Storage Facility and the 17 acres of land it sat on. The MCWD’s primary goal is to utilize a portion of this property to treat polluted wastewater from the surrounding 270 acre abandoned industrial site before it enters the Minnehaha Creek. Veit was contracted by MCWD to demo the former storage facility. Built in 1951, the 275,000 square foot structure sat empty for more than 10 years until its eventual deconstruction.

Materials We Processed Include:


  • Demolished 270,000 SF cold storage facility
  • Remediated 3,500 tons of asbestos containing building components
  • Recycled 25,000 tons of concrete and asphalt onsite
  • Recycled 1,500 tons of steel
  • Salvaged 95 tons of existing equipment for reuse
  • Removed a 10,000-gallon Underground Storage Tank
  • Removed all utilities below grade including power, water, gas, sanitary and storm lines permitted by the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
  • Site stabilization per Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulations
  • Final grading of 12-acre site
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Type of Project
August 2018 - December 2018
Veit employee in heavy equipment
Your crew is a fantastic representation of Veit. Please commend these gentlemen for the awesome work they do. It’s obvious that they care about and enjoy working for you. Thanks for your time and Veit’s professionalism.
Welsh Construction, LLC Christian Mowery

Challenges We Solved

Planning and Handling
This project required precision planning and was dismantled in several phases due to the unique type of asbestos construction used throughout. Our crews worked with care in order to keep hazardous materials segregated, limiting the amount of toxic waste that had to be disposed of.
Winter Conditions
Due to a tight schedule, work could not be paused when winter began. Crews worked throughout the early part of the season to complete each deadline and finish the project on time.