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RBC Gateway tower opens Monday; Minneapolis Four Seasons to follow in June
By  –  Reporter, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.  Updated

On Monday, the RBC Gateway tower will open its doors to office tenants and skyway traffic.

The 37-story building is bringing office space, a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, cafe and restaurant to the northern edge of downtown Minneapolis.

The Four Seasons and Gavin Kaysen‘s restaurant are next to open in the building, with an anticipated date sometime in June. The hotel will be the city’s first five-star hotel.

“That’s when this building really comes alive,” Rick McKelvey, senior vice president of development for RBC Gateway developer United Properties, said during a recent tour of the space.

United Properties has worked on the project since 2014.

“I’m thrilled about it,” McKelvey said. “(We’re seeing) so much work and time and effort come to fruition and, really, in the way we envisioned it.”

The condominium portion of the building is likely to open in August or September and will have 34 units located in building’s highest floors. Below that will be the hotel’s 222 guest rooms, spanning floors 23-30, while the building’s 532,000 square feet of office space occupy the lower floors, he said.

The glass-enclosed public lobby reaches roughly three stories, featuring the cafe, seating and colorful art cubes from Larry Bell. The lobby also provides elevator access to the office space.

RBC Wealth Management, the building’s namesake, will be the first tenant working in the building on Monday. The company plans to have around 200 employees working in their new office that day, McKelvey said.

The office space is nearly fully leased. Its other tenants include Pohlad Cos. — which owns United Properties — Castlelake and JLL, which recently announced it will relocate into 21,000 square feet in May.

Outside, the porte-cochère – the building’s covered vehicle entrance – has separate entrances for each of the offices, hotel and residences uses. This will be accessible from Hennepin Avenue.

On the other side of the building, an outdoor patio fills much of the northeastern corner of the property. Along with lighting and a public water fountain, the patio has electrical infrastructure to support a streetcar if the city decides to pursue that project, McKelvey said.

The building’s skyway wraps around the southeastern side of the building, connecting it to the Minneapolis Central Library. Inside, the skyway connects to the hotel’s second-floor ballroom along with the upcoming restaurant from Gavin Kaysen located on the first floor.