Observers studying downtown workspaces this week

Observers will walk through some downtown City workspaces this week to study how the spaces are used. This observational study will work with focus groups and interviews with department leaders to create a new vision and plan for the City’s downtown workplaces.

The observers will take notes and photos of spaces (no people) during the study to gather information for the City on current workspace conditions, function and use of space, points of public interface, and general work patterns and practices. Observations will not focus on any one employee or department but instead look at the overall dynamics of how space is used. Informal questions and impromptu discussions with City employees and the public may occur as part of the process.


Remaining observations will begin at 9 a.m. and end by 5 p.m.:

Observations already took place this week at Crown Roller Mill, Flour Exchange, Towle and City Hall.

Local architecture and design firm Perkins + Will will use the information to develop a workplace approach and a pre-design report for future use of City Hall and a consolidated downtown office building. The goal is to develop high performance workplaces that better integrate people, places and technology, improving experiences for Minneapolis employees, residents, businesses and visitors.


Email [email protected] with any questions.

Published Jan 12, 2017



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