If we are not inspired by the past of our city, where will we find the strength to fight for her future? 

-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Our Team

Tom Nordyke - Principal

My twenty plus years of experience in the unique field of “Real Estate Development for the Arts” has given me a good feel of what it takes to turn a development from an idea to a finished project.  My understanding of the tools of historic preservation, affordable housing financing and philanthropy, along with the real estate development process itself bring value to any project. 

Currently I spend most of my time for my clients finding historic structures that can be “saved” and reused as sustainable artist live/work communities! If you know of one call me.

I successfully help the revitalization of cities through historic preservation, economic development and the arts. As a vanguard in the field of the arts for 20 years, I have spearheaded over 30 arts focused real estate projects with over $1.5 billion in financing across 26 states and Canada. My track record demonstrates a history of creating win-win strategies that benefit preservationists, developers and the arts community. I am committed to building creative communities that support and sustain the arts.

I began my career in this creative work as Vice President for Artspace Projects, Inc., the national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists. I managed the operations of the Real Estate Development, Consulting, Asset Management and Property Management Divisions. I worked alongside the President and Board to transform the organization from a local non-profit with an annual budget of $60,000 into America’s leading developer of space for the arts. Check out Artspace today – www.artspace.org

Since 2003 as Noordijk, inc., I have provided independent consulting on issues of real estate acquisition, finance, design and marketing. Some of the most noteworthy and transformative projects include:

·      $156 million renovation of The Pillsbury A-Mill in Minneapolis, MN– one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2011 – into 251 affordable live/work lofts for artists as the A-Mill Artist Lofts.

·      $60 million historic restoration combined with new construction to create the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California.

·      The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis. Creating a new neighborhood gem from an historic theater as a place where artists who work with fire, spark or flame can produce, display, learn and teach.

More of my projects can be viewed here.

My clients have included many of the major cities and foundations across the United States. I have worked internationally as well on projects as far as the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Gallery Magazine in Guangzhou, China.

Brian Woolsey - Principal

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I began my career in commercial real estate after graduating with a finance degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2003. Since then I have specialized in tenant representation. In this role, I was able to quickly establish myself as a business development leader receiving industry-wide recognition for production. I then transformed this business into a team of brokerage professionals assisting commercial tenants with the development and execution of strategic real estate plans. In 2011, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored me as a “Forty Under 40”, which recognizes young business and community leaders from across the Twin Cities.Than same year the International Facilities Management Association recognized me as their “International Emerging Leader of the Year”. In 2015, I became Managing Principal of the Minneapolis office of Cassidy Turley, which was later sold to Cushman & Wakefield. Today, I lead a tenant-focused brokerage team and invest in value-add residential and commercial real estate projects. 

In my role as a Principal here at W+Noordijk, inc., I focus on real estate development projects such as the H. Alden Smith project and new project development. Our future work will be developing a portfolio of commercial and multi-family residential properties, both affordable and market rate. While our focus in the Twin Cities market, we have a long-term goal of developing in other markets as well. In pursuit of this I look for sustainable partnerships with other developers and financing institutions that can help W+Noordijk, inc., reach its full potential and realize its plans for future growth in the Twin Cities and beyond.

I believe strongly in the idea of civic leadership and am an engaged member of the local arts and non-profit community where I have served in a number of roles at some venerable Twin Cities institutions such as Aeon as Chair of their recent capital campaign, Guthrie Theater as a Trustee on the Board of Directors and the Walker Art Center where I co-chaired Avant Garden, the Walkers annual gala fundraiser.

Aaron Hauge - Director of Operations & Leasing


I first was introduced to the Real Estate Industry when started working at Artspace Projects, the nation’s leading developer of real estate for the arts. I quickly fell in love with the life cycle of a project and the many intricate pieces that go into going from concept to reality.

 In my nearly 10 years in the industry I have been been apart of over 50 projects spanning across all corners of the United States working on over $600 Million in development assets. With a focus on leasing and marketing I have been able to achieve 100% occupancy to satisfy and exceed all performa goals set by leaderships on every project I have been a part of. At times this has been achieved solely, leasing up multiple projects simultaneously from 0-100% occupancy, exceeding all project timelines. I have been able to use my expertise on project feasibility, commercial retail development, commercial master planning, construction project management, branding, on site training and management to help ensure the success of a wide variety of developments.

 My background in marketing has also paved the way to making projects successful by helping foster the creation of the online leasing process, customized local partnerships and innovative gorilla marketing campaigns that have achieved a viral critical mass through word of mouth.

Tom Hines - Artist Engagement Manager

I began my focus on facilities and real estate related work in the arts when I started as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Our first order of business was the Grand Opening of The Cowles Center in 2011, followed by several years of growing the staff, Distance Learning Program and the Center’s vision for being the premier stage for Minnesota dance.


I have worked with Noordijk, inc. – now W+Noordijk, inc. – for the past five years coordinating special events for marketing and leasing on our arts focused real estate projects and as the point person in our work for our clients in running the “Artist Selection Process.”  These projects included the Metropolitan Artist Lofts, Leather Trades Artist Lofts, Schmidt Artist Lofts, A-Mill Artist Lofts and the Arcade Apartments.

I have had a life long passion for gardening and began my working life working with Heidi’s Lakeshore Gardens, after which I created and ran my own gardening/landscape business, Hundred Acre Gardening.

I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with my BA in Operations Management. I also have an Associate Arts degree from Dunwoody College of Technology in Architectural Drafting and Estimating.  I hope to continue to help creative minds find a positive community to live in to enhance their work and overall life.