PRESS RELEASE: IIMN Hires Stahl to Manage Facility Expansion

Minneapolis, MN; April 20, 2021  – The International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN) is expanding their space to increase their ability and capacity to serve more New Americans and grow the number of services offered. IIMN’s current building, located at 1694 Como Avenue in St. Paul, will undergo a 10-month renovation and expansion with construction partner Stahl and design partner James Dayton Design.

Since 2012, IIMN has been experiencing continued growth. To continue serving their mission, IIMN needs more physical space to house staff and continue expanding the growing number of programs.

“Our renovated and expanded space will be our home for the Next Century – a beautiful and functional space in which to welcome both New Americans and the larger Twin Cities community,” said Jane Graupman, Executive Director of IIMN. “By broadening our refugee and immigrant services, our English language classes, our employment training pathways, and the celebration of world cultures, we will continue to have an impact on our cities and state by helping New Americans reach their goals and realize their dreams.”

Originally founded in 1919 as part of the YWCA of St. Paul, IIMN provides services and resources to empower New Americans in achieving their goals. Over the last 100+ years, IIMN has been addressing the needs of immigrants and their families. IIMN programs include language learning, job training, immigration assistance, citizenship classes, refugee resettlement, case management, and hosting the annual Festival of Nations.

“The International Institute of Minnesota works tirelessly to support our immigrant population in gaining the skills and access to resources they need to create the prosperous future they moved here to earn for themselves,” said Jessie Houlihan, President of Stahl. “We are honored to be working with IIMN and James Dayton Design to make this a dream a built reality. Our team is inspired by the work we’re doing together and the end goal of building these facilities efficiently to the benefit of our Community.”

“The expansion and transformation of the IIMN facilities comes at a time when Minnesota needs to respond to our current and changing workforce, especially the demand for trained health care workers,” said Patrick Regan, Principal at James Dayton Design. “The new home for IIMN will include modernized and expanded classrooms and facilities to address that critical need now, and for the next 100 years.”

The current expansion is being funded by generous philanthropic support and a bonding bill approved by the Minnesota State Legislature in October 2020.

While under construction, IIMN has moved its operations to 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 140 in St. Paul.

The International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN) is undergoing a 10-month renovation and expansion to increase their ability to serve New Americans. (Photo Credit: James Dayton Design)


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Stahl provides professional consulting; development; general contracting, and construction management services. We focus on the process of evolving the built environment to create lasting positive impact and ensure our partners achieve comprehensive success.

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