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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.

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 Aug 1, 2017



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