Minnesota Real Estate Journal announced its annual Project Award Winners and Finalists July 29, 2021. Digi-Key Corporation was named the Project Award Winner in the Industrial/Manufacturing/Science category, and the project was also recognized as a People’s Choice.
One of the largest electronic component distributors in the world, Digi-Key Electronics’ rapid growth created an ever-increasing need for more space. Widseth designed the 2.2-million-square-foot product distribution expansion to accommodate the millions of products stored and readily available for same-day shipping. Widseth’s comprehensive team—engineers, architects, environmental scientists, land surveyors, and aerial mapping specialists—worked with Digi-Key to develop a facility that is efficient in design, flexible in use of space, and can evolve to new technologies and systems. With an investment value of more than $400 million, the project can house 3,400 employees, and Digi-Key has committed to adding at least 100 new employees each year for the next 10 years. The expansion is expected to contribute an additional $500 million in economic output.