If we are not inspired by the past of our city, where will we find the strength to fight for her future? 

-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Our Team

Tom Nordyke - Principal

My twenty plus years of experience in the unique field of “Real Estate Development for the Arts” has given me a good feel of what it takes to turn a development from an idea to a finished project.  My understanding of the tools of historic preservation, affordable housing financing and philanthropy, along with the real estate development process itself bring value to any project. 

Currently I spend most of my time for my clients finding historic structures that can be “saved” and reused as sustainable artist live/work communities! If you know of one call me.

I successfully help the revitalization of cities through historic preservation, economic development and the arts. As a vanguard in the field of the arts for 20 years, I have spearheaded over 30 arts focused real estate projects with over $1.5 billion in financing across 26 states and Canada. My track record demonstrates a history of creating win-win strategies that benefit preservationists, developers and the arts community. I am committed to building creative communities that support and sustain the arts.

I began my career in this creative work as Vice President for Artspace Projects, Inc., the national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists. I managed the operations of the Real Estate Development, Consulting, Asset Management and Property Management Divisions. I worked alongside the President and Board to transform the organization from a local non-profit with an annual budget of $60,000 into America’s leading developer of space for the arts. Check out Artspace today – www.artspace.org

Since 2003 as Noordijk, inc., I have provided independent consulting on issues of real estate acquisition, finance, design and marketing. Some of the most noteworthy and transformative projects include:

·      $156 million renovation of The Pillsbury A-Mill in Minneapolis, MN– one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2011 – into 251 affordable live/work lofts for artists as the A-Mill Artist Lofts.

·      $60 million historic restoration combined with new construction to create the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California.

·      The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis. Creating a new neighborhood gem from an historic theater as a place where artists who work with fire, spark or flame can produce, display, learn and teach.

More of my projects can be viewed here.

My clients have included many of the major cities and foundations across the United States. I have worked internationally as well on projects as far as the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Gallery Magazine in Guangzhou, China.


Jennifer Kramer - Director of Creative Marketing

I use my 20 years experience in the arts and advertising industries to help clients reach and engage artists and arts communities. My marketing and advertising skills helped successfully launch the following key projects:

•Carleton Artist Lofts, an historic redevelopment of three warehouse buildings in St. Paul, MN into 169 affordable live/work rental lofts for artists. We exceeded our developer’s occupancy projections by more than 40%, which was the most successful lease-up in our client’s 30 years of business.

•Schmidt Artist Lofts, an old brewery in St Paul, MN renovated into 247 unique rental lofts and mix of amenities designed for artists. Their doors opened in 2013 with 100% occupancy and have become a destination spot for the city of St. Paul.

•Pillsbury A-Mill, a $100 million renovation in Minneapolis, MN into 251 affordable live/work lofts for artists.  The project is 80% pre-leased with 100% occupancy projected prior to opening late 2014.

As Director of Business Development in the advertising industry, I pitched and produced national advertising and marketing campaigns for blue chip companies. High profile clients include American Express, Bass Pro Shops, Carlson Marketing Group, Cenex, General Mills, Hormel Foods, Land O’ Lakes, Smithsonian Institute and Toro.

An artist myself, I resided in the Tilsner Artist Cooperative, St. Paul, MN for nine years and served on the artist selection committee, policies and procedures committee and board of governors.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communities, University Scholars Program.

I was a Sundance Institute Creative Producer Fellowship Finalist, 2014.


Aaron Hauge - Director of Operations & Leasing

My skills in operations management,  information technology and web development has fostered the growth of my clients and improved their internal work systems. My focus in commercial real estate development with an emphasis on the arts has contributed to the successful development of historic structures into affordable homes for artists.

A significant aspect in the success of these projects is to provide accessibility for artists to apply and reserve a loft on-line. My on-site leadership with contribution to creating robust and user-friendly websites for these projects was instrumental in meeting our goal of 100% occupancy.

Projects include:

•Schmidt Artist Lofts, an old brewery in St Paul, MN renovated into 247 unique rental lofts and mix of amenities designed for artists. Their doors opened in 2013 with 100% occupancy and have become a destination spot for the city of St. Paul.

            www.schmidtartistlofts.com

•Pillsbury A-Mill, a $100 million renovation in Minneapolis, MN into 251 affordable live/work lofts for artists.  The project is 80% pre-leased with 100% occupancy projected prior to opening late 2014.

            www.a-millartistlofts.com

As an IT Director and Consultant, I provided technical support and integrated proficient IT work flow systems as well as daily troubleshooting.  High profile employers include Apple Corporation, Artspace Projects– the nation’s leading developer of real estate for artists– and Audio Logic Systems.

I graduated from University of St. Thomas with a degree in Operations Management and Logistics. I hope to continue to help creative minds find a positive community to live in to enhance their work and overall life.


Tom Hines - Artist Engagement Manager

I began my focus on facilities and real estate related work in the arts when I started as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Our first order of business was the Grand Opening of The Cowles Center in 2011, followed by several years of growing the staff, Distance Learning Program and the Center’s vision for being the premier stage for Minnesota dance.

www.thecowlescenter.org

I have worked with Noordijk, inc. – now W+Noordijk, inc. – for the past five years coordinating special events for marketing and leasing on our arts focused real estate projects and as the point person in our work for our clients in running the “Artist Selection Process.”  These projects included the Metropolitan Artist Lofts, Leather Trades Artist Lofts, Schmidt Artist Lofts, A-Mill Artist Lofts and the Arcade Apartments.

I have had a life long passion for gardening and began my working life working with Heidi’s Lakeshore Gardens, after which I created and ran my own gardening/landscape business, Hundred Acre Gardening.

I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with my BA in Operations Management. I also have an Associate Arts degree from Dunwoody College of Technology in Architectural Drafting and Estimating.  I hope to continue to help creative minds find a positive community to live in to enhance their work and overall life.