City works with employees, local firm to shape the future of our downtown campus
The City has begun the journey to create a new vision and plan for its downtown campus. The goal is to develop high performance workplaces that improve employee experience and better integrate people, places and technology, resulting in improved experiences for Minneapolis residents, businesses and visitors.
Local architecture and design firm Perkins + Will has been hired to lead the City through a user-focused process to develop space requirements, a workplace approach and a pre-design report for a new downtown office building. These efforts will also include taking a fresh look at improving spaces in City Hall. Now through the end of the year, Perkins + Will will conduct activities to help contribute to a new vision and plan for the downtown campus. Here’s what you can expect:
- On-site observations: Observers will walk through some of our spaces and passively observe while taking notes and photos. The observers have been instructed to be as unobtrusive as possible. You’ll be notified when and if teams will be observing your work area. Our goal is to have these observations complete by Dec. 21.
- Focus groups: In December, focus groups will gather specific topical information from those with great interest or expertise in workplace: wellness, sustainability, resilience, perception and public outreach, culture, effectiveness, meeting and collaboration, and service design. The focus groups will take place the week of Dec. 12. Participants may be asked to bring and present images that show how their topic is best represented currently and where challenges occur or imagery that describes their perceptions around the given topic. We are hoping for up to 20 employees to participate per topic. Watch CityTalk to learn how you can express interest in participating.
- Interviews with department leadership: These 60- to 90-minute interviews will confirm the nature of department work, requirements, headcount, adjacency needs and desired improvements to support future work practices. Interviews have begun and should wrap up by mid-December.
- Timeline: The information collected by Perkins + Will will be summarized for the Executive Steering Committee and core project team in late January 2017. Approved recommendations and preliminary costs will be summarized in a pre-design report to go before the City Council in the second quarter of 2017 to help select an architect to design the building.
Published Nov 29, 2016