The Rand Tower

Rand Tower is a 26-story skyscraper that was one of Minneapolis’ tallest structures when it was completed in 1929.  It was designed by Holabird & Root for Rufus R. Rand, Jr., a WWI aviator who was from the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Company, now part of CenterPoint Energy.  Much of the building is covered in ornamentation of an aviation theme and it is one of the Midwest’s outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture and design.

VDA conducted an evaluation of the existing condition of the six (6) gearless elevators with recommendations for improvement, and is now providing services for modernization of four (4) of the elevators and decommissioning of two (2) of them.

Project Info

Service Type

Initial Equipment Evaluation, Modernization


Gaughan Companies, Hempel Properties Inc.

Project Type

Featured Projects, Historic/Landmark, Offices

Equipment Type



Minneapolis, MN

Completion Year


Key Personnel

M. Wade Smith Chief Executive Officer