Shingobee is proud to announce that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has been named a Top Project of 2018 by Finance & Commerce! Shingobee provided construction of the first Minnesota location of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for owner RPT Realty. As the new anchor of the renovated Woodbury Lakes shopping center, it provides an experiential draw to attract shoppers.


Shingobee provided full contracting, management, and site supervision of the building, all interior improvements, and related site work, starting in the fall of 2017.


Dan Federspiel of RPT Realty with the Shingobee Team


About Top Projects

Top Projects is an annual awards program hosted by Finance & Commerce, a Minnesota business daily newspaper. Project entries are judged by a panel of experts in construction and related industries, and honorees are selected based on their degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts. Winning projects were celebrated at a July 25 ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, and will be featured in the Top Projects of 2018 series in the Finance & Commerce newspaper.


What Makes the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema a Top Project?

RPT Realty’s addition of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to the Woodbury Lakes shopping center is the implementation of a new concept in retail, to provide experiential opportunities to attract customers and shoppers. Positioning the theater as a prominent, featured building on the west end of the retail center has provided an enhanced appearance and new experiences to draw shoppers. The developer plans to continue adding new retailers and other businesses in future redevelopment phases.




The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Woodbury, MN, is the first of its kind in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Within its nine theaters it offers a complete dining experience, from popcorn and soda to burgers, pizzas, salads, snacks and desserts served in your seat at the theater, along with craft beer and cocktails. Plus, their chefs regularly create special menus inspired by classic cinema and big upcoming blockbusters. The Woodbury facility also contains a stand-alone bar/restaurant, “Vetted Well,” that is open to the public, separate from the theater experience.



Shingobee’s Involvement in the Project

Shingobee Builders provided construction of the 43,392 square foot theater building, all interior improvements, and related site work, between fall of 2017 and summer 2018. The project presented unique challenges from winter construction and other factors affecting the schedule, requiring creative solutions to complete the project.


Tilt-up panel construction, a construction method that is more typical in the south and not often used in Minnesota, was implemented for the exterior shell of the building. It involves concrete wall panels that are cast on-site and then tilted into place by a crane. This type of construction combines the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, and speed of construction. The biggest advantage to tilt panel construction is that the size can be considerably larger compared to pre-fabricated wall panels, because they don’t have to be transported on public roadways.



The design is cost efficient and durable. Use of tilt-up concrete panels simplified construction of the basic structure. Pro-fit Modera Ledgestone, a cultured stone pattern with easily-installed bundled modular components of equal height, was introduced to create a contemporary twist, with budget in mind. 


Green/Sustainable Project Aspects

Energy-efficient features included in the design of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema include:

  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Efficient HVAC systems with specialized zoning
  • State-of-the-art LED projectors that reduce energy use
  • Water-efficient plumbing fixtures in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Large amounts of maintenance-free materials on the exterior of the building, including brick and stone products


The building was positioned on the site with large windows facing east, to reduce summer cooling costs.


Landscaping for the site includes a variety of native pollinator plants that provide a variety of seasonal interest and water filtration. Stormwater for the site is collected and run through the system of surface and underground infiltration systems to reduce total runoff on site.  


Tour the renovated woodbury lakes shopping center



Our congratulations to RPT Realty and the entire project team on the Top Project recognition for this project!