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Gerald Rauenhorst

Gerald RauenhorstGerald (Gerry) Rauenhorst has served as a pillar of the design-build community for more than 50 years as the founding chairman of what is now The Opus Group, a $2.1 billion commercial real estate development firm. His business decisions, and subsequently those of his employees, have been marked by integrity and a firm commitment to personal and corporate principles.

Gerry began consistently implementing the design-build concept in 1961, when Opus built the warehouse and office facilities for the Toro Company based in Bloomington, Minn. Although the design-build approach was considered radical when he first introduced it to his clients in the early 1960s, it was quickly met with enthusiasm and increasing business. Practicing what he preached, Gerry expanded Opus into what he described as "a totally integrated firm encompassing in-house design talent, engineering expertise and construction professionals who could shepherd each project from concept to completion.

Gerry’s forward-thinking leadership has continued to grow The Opus Group, quietly changing the face of communities across the nation and consistently expanding its reputation for providing unparalleled quality, innovation, and on-time, on-budget project completion through the deign-build process. His clients not only praise the company upon completion of their projects, they return time and time again for the design-build excellence for which Opus has become known.

Since founding The Opus Group in 1953, Gerry Rauenhorst has sought to find better ways of conducting business and to set a high standard for corporate social responsibility. A prime example of Gerry's commitment to the global community is through The Opus Foundation's “Opus Prize,” a $1 million faith-based humanitarian award given annually since 2004 to an unsung hero working on the front lines of the direst social problems of our day.

For these reasons and many more, Gerry Rauenhorst is an exemplary figure in the design-build community and the Design-Build Institute of America.