Pet Friendly Office Design Ideas & APPRO and CERRON's Furry Friends

Learn more about Pet Friendly Office Design Ideas...and our team's favorite furry friends!

In recognition of "Hug Your Hound Day" which happens to fall on September 14th, our team decided to have some fun sharing some pet friendly office design ideas and a little more about our "furry friends" in an interactive game. 

Below, you will find a quick link to a game that we created (with the help of the Qzzr app/website). Test your knowledge of our team's best friends, and see how you stack up against other players.

Once you have played the game, take a look at our "Pet Friendly Office Design Ideas" section to learn more about bringing your furry friends to the office and ways to make it work.

Top Five Lakeville Design Build Articles


Lakeville design build company, APPRO Development, has compiled a "top five" collection of design and architecture related articles of interest.

Over the past week, we have come across numerous articles and posts of interest and thought that many of our readers would enjoy some of the articles on the topic  of design, build, and architecture this week.

This top five list includes:

  • Cool architecture - locally and around the world
  • The impact of Augmented Reality - not just for Pokemon Go!
  • A rivalry between two of Architecture's Greats
  • and more!

7 Misconceptions about Commercial Building Construction Projects

Having worked in design-build and commercial construction since 1978, our construction team has heard a lot of questions, comments, and a few misconceptions about commercial build projects.


We would like to share with you some of the misconceptions we have heard over the years regarding commercial build projects and bring some clarity to this topic. Take a look at the following misconceptions and each of our responses.

Industrial Lots For Sale MN


Construction starts are up across the state of Minnesota and our team would like to share a list we have compiled of industrial lots for sale in MN, which also includes commercial land, and in general, business land for sale.

Now is a great time to start the construction process and one of your first steps is to select the ideal site for your business. 

You will be able to view available listings in:

  • Scott County
  • Dakota County
  • Rice County
  • Steele County

The Ultimate Checklist on Office Warehouse Space

By Andrea Kaderlik


Whether you are looking to lease, purchase, or build new office warehouse space, our team has created the ultimate checklist to use when shopping  or building office warehouse space. 

When considering a new space for your business, you want to take into consideration aspects of the overall building, the warehouse or production areas, and office space, if any. 

Our ultimate checklist will:

  • Help  you organize your search
  • Help you and your broker or builder make the most of your time
  • Help you to prioritize your wish list in a new space
Let's get started!

Lean Manufacturing Tools - A Quick Summary


Our team recently came across an article that is really more of an infographic on the topic of Lean Manufacturing Tools. It is an excellent resource and tool to explain some of the essential Lean tools which can be used in manufacturing.  The name of the article is, "32 Essential Lean Manufacturing Tools"and although it was published a couple of years ago, its relevance continues to hold true. As a "manufacturer" of new buildings (and building additions or remodels), we understand the necessity of having a streamlined process, and use many Lean tools. Our team selected our "Favorite Five" from the list and would like to share some of the reasons these are our favorites and how we utilize these tools with our business. 

Before we dig into our "Favorite Five", we wanted to offer a quick summary of Lean, for those of our readers who would like to learn about the basics. According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, “The core idea [of lean] is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.”

Per the Lean Enterprise Institute, “Lean applies in every business and every process…A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.”

You may visit our Lean Principles page for more information on the basics of Lean.

New Manufacturing Facility Breaks Ground in Lonsdale, MN


On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Technical Methods broke ground on an exciting new project which will be located at 1951 Commerce Drive SE, Lonsdale, Minnesota. 

This building will be the new home for Technical Methods, Inc. which will be relocating from Lakeville, MN to this new manufacturing facility. Many community members were in attendance, including Mayor Rud, City Administrator Joel Erickson, and City Planner, Benjamin Baker, as well as City Council Members, and local Lonsdale Chamber members. Technical Methods owners, Nick Nelson, Nate Nelson, and Dawn Smith were joined by their team and family members to celebrate the momentous occasion. 

The APPRO and CERRON team was in attendance and was moved by speech shared with the crowd gathered at the site of their new manufacting facility, and the comments made by Mayor Rud. Construction to start immediately with a completion date anticipated 

Growing Colors by Gardenworld Groundbreaking in Cottage Grove, MN


Our team is excited to announce the groundbreaking of a new project for Growing Colors by Gardenworld to be located in Cottage Grove, MN! On the morning of June 24, 2016, a groundbreaking celebration kicked off a new project for the owners and employees of Gardenworld, Inc. Attendees of the event included: Dave Van der Sman, Owner, and Stephanie Paquin, CFO, who were joined by numerous family members and fellow Gardenworld employees. Mayor Myron Bailey was a speaker at the event for the City of Cottage Grove. Additional attendees included Cottage Grove City Council members, members of the Planning Commission, EDA, local Chamber, and APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties team members.

2016 Lakeville Chamber Golf Tournament


On Monday, June 6, 2016, the Team at APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties participated in the 2016 Lakeville Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. This is an annual event which benefits our local chamber and south metro community of Lakeville, MN. We are proud to both sponsor and participate in this fun event.

This year we were able to include many of our team members in one way or another. Our fearless leaders, Jack Matasosky and  Jim Connelly, along with fellow team members Gordy Schiltz and Cam Luong and special guests played in the tournament.  

Additionally, Sandra Tocko, Mitch Branscombe, Paige Scherer and Kris Bockelman had fun with all of the participating golfers. Players were heard laughing and ribbing each other as they attempted to bounce their “ping pong balls” into our red “Solo cups” for a chance to win a drink of their choice, courtesy of the APPRO & CERRON team. As you will see in the slideshow of pictures below, everyone had a great time playing.

Considering a Sale Leaseback - We have buyers!

  • WE HAVE BUYERS !!!    

We have recently completed a number of investor sale properties and the appetite in the market is VERY STRONG!