MNCREW Celebration Awards: Empowering Women Recognition

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Our firm is grateful to be formally recognized for our commitment to elevating and supporting women. Last night, the MNCREW Celebration Awards announced Pope Architects as the winner in the Empowering Women, Company category.

The MNCREW Celebration Awards honor the women who contribute to commercial real estate success in Minnesota. These awards recognize outstanding women who have displayed leadership, an understanding of the industry and have been a positive influence within their own firms and the greater industry.

Pope Architects’ company culture is focused on hard work and collaboration as we work together to create environments that enhance lives. We place a high value on inclusivity and diversity and are proud that women comprise 45% of our leadership and 50% of our overall staff.

As a firm we also seek out partnerships with women in the construction and commercial real estate industry. Our most impactful partnerships are when we can work together to create environments that empower and support women. These partnerships have included designing environments for organizations like CornerHouse, Meridian Behavioral Health, ResCare, Tubman, and Volunteers of America.

“I am fortunate to work for a company that values women and has a seat at the table for everyone, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger,” said Rebecca Frenning, Associate and Director of Interior Design.

Thank you MNCREW for the honor!

Here is a complete list of the 2020 nominees:


11990 Riverwood Drive (Burnsville) | Susan Anderson, VisionBank; Diane Signorelli, Apex Commercial Properties; Beth Heimer, Old Republic Title; Erin Waytas, Nagell Appraisals; Michelle Mueller, Minnesota Business Finance Corporation

Horizon Dental Care | Mythili Thiagarajan, Auromira Architects; Andrea Fazendin, Art Partners Group; Karla Sheehy, Absolute Commercial Flooring

Northfield Hospital + Clinic, Birth Center and Clinic Expansion and Renovation | Darcy Futrell, Rodney Hintz & Kris Hahn, RJM Construction; Sara Collova, Frattalone Companies; Jennifer Wolff, Braun Intertec; Melanie Baumhover, Jesse Turck & Devan Swiontkowski, BWBR; Brandie Adams, Sonus Interiors


6499 University Avenue (Fridley) | Julie Kimble, KimbleCo; Kate Damato, KimbleCo; Meghan Huber, Welsh Construction; Karen Priesman, Gladstone Companies; Elena Black, Gladstone Companies

City Club Apartments CBD Minneapolis | Liza Kapisak, Mike Krych, Craig John, Kelly Naylor, Megan Van Beck, Chelsey Maldonado, Alex Sawka, John Volinkaty, BKV Group; John Volinkaty & Bryan Greger, formerly of BKV Group; Jen Conley, City Club Apartments; Peter Burgoyne, City Club Apartments

Nolan Mains Mixed Use Development (Edina) | Trisha Sieh, Kimley-Horn; Brent Rogers, Saturday Properties; Todd Mohagen, Steve Paetzel, Scott Hayes & Haley Stofferan, Mohagen Hansen Architecture | Interiors

Riverdale Church – Interior Remodel | Leanne Freed, Meghan Strunk & Matt VanHoof, KOMA; Tucker Osterberg, Kinghorn General Contractor; Todd Bunkers & Courtney Starry, iSpace Environments


The Guardian Building Renovation | Heather Weerheim & Terry Leonard, Greiner Construction; Alex Haecker, AWH Architects

Westwood Hills Nature Center | Darcy Futrell, Brad Barickman, Ross Babcok & Chris Cohoe, RJM Construction; Nancy Blankfard, Marc L’Italien, Glenn Waguespack, Andrew Holmgren & Nathalie Rethlake, HGA


Carrie Eggleston, United Properties
Claire Roberts, Colliers International
Shannon Rusk, Oppidan
Signature Event Committee


Sara Collova, Frattalone Companies
Megan Little, General Office Products
Shannon Rusk, Oppidan


Greiner Construction
Pope Architects