Section Foreman House Rehabilitation

Section Foreman House
Section Foreman House
Section Foreman House Pic


As a central and pivotal building for the City, the Section Foreman House will be rehabilitated for reuse as a new vibrant lakefront learning center providing indoor and outdoor classroom and community space as part of the new Eco Park. The learning center will feature educational programming to learn about early 20th century railroad operations and the influence of the Great Northern Railroad on the geographic, economic, and social development of Wayzata. The purpose of the Eco Park is to restore shoreline marsh and improve water quality while providing STEM-based learning opportunities. Eco Park will encompass the Section Foreman House and extend to the east with a boardwalk.

Request for Proposals

The Request for Proposals was issued on August 11 and seven proposals were submitted by September 1. Four proposers were interviewed by a Selection Committee that comprised members of City staff, New History (historic architecture consultant), Heritage Preservation Board, and Wayzata Historical Society. The Committee selected Cushing Terrell.

Cushing Terrell is providing Architectural Design Services for the rehabilitation of the Section Foreman House. The scope of work includes traditional architectural design services including Schematic Design (SD), Design Development (DD), Construction Documents (CD) and Construction Administration (CA). The building is owned by the City, who holds the architect’s contract, which is based on a standard AIA B-101 contract. 

Current Progress

The design process is being jointly led by the City in partnership with the Design Committee, which includes representatives of the Wayzata Conservancy, Heritage Preservation Board, Wayzata Historical Society, consultant New History, educational programming stakeholders, and community members. The Schematic Design phase was completed on February 14, 2022 and the Design Documents are currently underway.


  • Design Review Committee conducted 7 meetings from October 2021 to February 2022 to select architect and complete the schematic design
  • Community Meeting - Tuesday, March 15, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice St E (a sharable flyer is linked below)
  • Heritage Preservation Board Review - Thursday, March 31, 5:00 pm
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing - Monday, April 18, 6:30 pm
  • City Council Review - Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 pm (packet materials located in "Agenda Center" of City website)
  • Design Review Committee to meet as needed to discuss the creation of the design documents