Coloplast Corporation

Coloplast-Corp-530Coloplast’s North American headquarters overlooks the Mississippi River at 1601 West River Road in Minneapolis. The building features natural lighting for 95 percent of its employees, and a state-of-the-art energy management system, including the collection and treatment of stormwater.

The MPCA’s Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) Program staff provided liability assurances and assistance with the environmental investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment plans for the Coloplast corporation headquarters site.


The site is located along the Mississippi River in a former industrial area, upstream of downtown Minneapolis. The property was formerly used as a sawmill site and was also occupied by railroad tracks.

Environmental issues and the cleanup process

  • The site was covered by urban fill prior to its use as a sawmill site. The fill contained polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and RCRA metals. Volatile organic carbon (VOC) vapors were present under a portion of the site from an offsite source.
  • Impacted fill soil was excavated and disposed of in an industrial landfill to accommodate the buildings.
  • An estimated 22,350 cubic yards of soil was removed and transported to an approved landfill.
  • A vapor mitigation system was installed under the main building to control VOC vapors beneath the building.

Redevelopment of the site

  • A 5.4 acre site on the banks of the Mississippi River was remediated to facilitate redevelopment.
  • Modifications and new construction created a $35 million campus for Coloplast in Minneapolis.
  • The 178,000 square-foot facility houses approximately 500 employees in sales, marketing, and research and development and one of the company’s three Global Innovation Centers.
  • The Coloplast development is LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Assurances received

February 20, 2008 - No Association Determination issued to Waveland Sub CDET I, LLC for financing.
February 20, 2008 – No Association of Determination issued to MMCDC New Market Fund XI, LLC for financing.

Institutional controls

  • An Affidavit of Real Property contaminated with hazardous substances was recorded in Hennepin County on September 23, 2009 to document residual soil contamination remaining on the property.
  • A No Further Action for soil which has been pending filing of the affidavit is in preparation.

Economic benefits

  • The Coloplast Campus houses approximately 500 employees in sales, marketing, and research and development.
  • The company relocated its North American headquarters operations from Atlanta and Santa Barbara to Minneapolis, creating jobs and contributing to the tax base of Minneapolis.

Project partners

The developer is Minneapolis-based North Marq Properties, in partnership with Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and RSP Architects. The City of Minneapolis provided $2.9 million in Tax Increment Financing, the state of Minnesota provided a Minnesota Investment Fund loan of $500,000 as well as $890,000 in an environmental remediation grant. The Metropolitan Council contributed $54,500 in an environmental remediation grant. Coloplast partners with North High School in Minneapolis to provide mentoring programs designed to educate and promote medical technology careers. The Coloplast Scholars program provides college-level internships to college students living in north Minneapolis.

MPCA VIC staff

  • Patrice Jensen, Project Manager
  • John Betcher, Project Hydrologist