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Consolidated Public Office Building

The City of Minneapolis has over 4,000 employees. While many of these individuals work in City Hall, many also work in six other buildings spread throughout Downtown. This often causes confusion for residents and businesses interacting with the City. It also creates inefficiencies for staff that often need to travel between buildings sometimes several times a day.

In July 2016, the Minneapolis City Council endorsed the concept of creating a new Consolidated Public Office Building which would strategically collocated downtown City employees between City Hall and a new adjacent office building. This would offer a higher quality of service to the public, reduce the City’s overall real estate footprint, and provide effective space for the diverse needs of employees.

Project Design Team

The City Council has approved moving forward with the design team of MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle) in partnership with Henning Larsen to design a new downtown office building for the City of Minneapolis.

The goal of the Consolidated Public Office Building is to strategically collocate City employees who are now working in several leased and owned sites scattered around downtown Minneapolis. It will be a sustainable and resilient building designed to better serve residents and businesses and to improve productivity for a multi-generational workforce.

The winning team of MSR and Henning Larsen was selected through a competitive four-stage process that began in March 2017 and included a request for qualifications (RFQ), request for proposals (RFP) and two rounds of interviews. The selection panel focused on relevant past experience, key team members, understanding of the project objectives and fit with the City’s team.

M.A. Mortenson Construction has been selected as the construction manager for the project. The City issued a RFP on June 12. Four proposals were received and forwarded to an evaluation panel for consideration.

Once the new design team is under contract, they will begin work on the schematic design phase, which will run from September through December of 2017. During schematic design, the City and the design team will work together to finalize the space program and budget for the project and will also facilitate a stakeholder engagement process that will include City employees, service center clients and visitors, nearby neighbors and members of the public.

Following the completion of schematic design, detailed design will follow and be completed by late summer of 2018. Demolition of the existing ramp will begin in summer 2018 and construction of the new building is expected to begin in fall of 2018 and be completed by summer of 2020. There will be a variety of subcontracting opportunities including goals set for women, small businesses and minority-owned vendors.

The City expects the building to be occupied and open to the public by the fall of 2020.

Planning and Background

The City of Minneapolis has been exploring a Consolidated Office Building since 1999. Current conditions are making the project economically feasible at this time. 

  • City of Minneapolis working downtown are spread over seven buildings.
  • Hennepin County currently occupies 40 percent of City Hall, making consolidation of services and departments within not feasible.
  • In 1999, the Minneapolis City Council directed staff to defer nearly all additional capital investments, renovations and improvements to current facilities and to explore options for long-term staffing needs. Costs to rehabilitate and improve current 1950s-era facilities were estimated as high as $40 million. 
  • Debt from previous projects will be paid off in 2022 and bonding costs are at a historic low making this project financially feasible.
  • The sale of two buildings currently owned by the City (Public Service Center, City of Lakes) offers significant private development opportunities for these City-owned parcels:
    • generation of new City tax revenue estimated from $2 million annually by adding this land to our property tax rolls plus at another $2 million to the county, parks and school district
    • offsetting a portion of the new building’s construction costs
  • Renovation and maintenance costs of old buildings are significant and would be greatly reduced with a new building. Renovating or replacing on the same site the City’s existing facilities would be costly and require years of relocating staff, exacerbating service inefficiencies.
  • Elimination of leasing costs for office space estimated at $1.9 million annually. Operating costs for the inefficient City of Lakes and Public Service Center buildings are in addition to this total. The new building will be built operational and energy efficiency as a priority. Future costs will be minimized by modernizing technology (HVAC, energy efficiency, responsibly sourced materials, rainwater reuse, solar energy, communications infrastructure, etc.)

City Leased/Owned Facilities in the Downtown Core

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City Owned & Leased Buildings

Project Process

  • The City is currently working with local design firm Perkins + Will on predesign and programming, collecting input from City staff across the enterprise about the long-term facility needs for a new consolidated public office building. This internal feedback will inform strategic planning.
  • The City has issued a request for proposal seeking to hire an architecture and engineering firm to design the new consolidated public office building with proposals due June 12, 2017.
  • In the month of June 2017, the City will be issuing a request for proposal for a construction manager firm as an advisor and demolition consultant.
  • Once the architecture/engineering firm is on board, the City will conduct external outreach to residents and businesses. This outreach will happen both in the immediate downtown vicinity of the new site as well as in neighborhoods across all wards in Minneapolis. The information will provide the public input for the strategic planning process.
  • The City will award a construction contract in 2018. Construction on the project would begin in 2018. There will be a variety of subcontracting opportunities including for women, small businesses and minority-owned vendors.

 


 

 

Last updated Sep 8, 2017

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