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“Sustology has been an invaluable guide though the LEED certification of our historic A-Mill conversion into artists lofts.”

Owen Metz - Developer, Dominium

A-Mill Artist Lofts


The A-Mill, situated along Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, held the title of largest flourmill in the world for 40 years. Completed in 1881, it was owned by Pillsbury and operated two of the most powerful direct-drive waterwheels ever built, each generating 1,200 horsepower (895 kW). The mill still stands today on the east side of the Mississippi River, and is currently being renovated into affordable artist rental lofts called A-Mill Artist Lofts by Dominium. Based in Minneapolis, Dominium owns, develops, and manages rental communities throughout the U.S.  Dominium engaged Sustology as their sustainability consultant because they were interested in transforming the A-Mill into a state-of-the-art green building in its regeneration as a residence for artists.


Sustology coordinated a multidisciplinary effort to green this affordable housing development for artists via the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction program.  To this end, Sustology promoted innovative strategies such as using Mississippi River water to heat and cool the building, retaining and reusing nearly all of the stormwater onsite, and properly disposing and recycling materials used by the artists.

The Bottom Line
Sustology is creating a sustainable blueprint for the historic A-Mill Artist Lofts that will reduce maintenance and utility costs, making it more affordable for the artists who live there.