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A considerable amount of progress has been made on the City of Minneapolis’ new Public Service Building.

Located at 505 4th Avenue S, the 11-story, 380,000 square foot building will include office and public service space once complete later this year. The new building will allow the city to co-locate 1,500 City of Minneapolis employees who are currently spread throughout six different locations in Downtown Minneapolis.

The project, which began construction in June 2018, is anticipated to be complete and ready for City employees later this fall.

The new Minneapolis Public Service Building was designed by MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle) in partnership with Henning Larsen. The building features a modern design with the exterior being clad in an anodized aluminum metal panel system and a significant amount of glazing. The metal paneling system is unique as it optimizes interior light and climate conditions while also creating a visually stimulating façade design. The first two floors of the building will be clad entirely in glazing which will maximize the building’s connection to the public realm. On the upper floors of the building there will be a number of outdoor spaces including four recessed exterior patio spaces that will be available to office users within the building.

The new public service building will be connected to the Minneapolis Skyway System. The skyway will travel around the exterior façade on the second floor of the building connecting it to the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility and the Hennepin County Government Center. The existing skyway connection to the Hennepin County parking ramp will also remain.

1.5% of the total project budget was dedicated to public art that will be integrated within the publicly accessible areas of the building.

The unique public art collection will feature work by a number of notable artists. In total, the city received 163 applications from artists looking to contribute art to the building, in the end 16 artists were chosen to create 16 different works. Here’s some of the art that’s currently planned to be featured within the building.

You can see and learn more about the specific pieces of art here.

We’ll continue to monitor the construction progress of the City of Minneapolis’s new Public Service Building as it continues to edge closer to completion. As always, you can expect more photos from us over the next few months and this exciting project.

The “Grand Staircase” | MSR / Henning Larsen

Outdoor space | MSR / Henning Larsen


Architect of Record: MSR

Design Architect: Henning Larsen

Construction Manager: M.A. Mortenson

Structural Engineering: BuroHappold Engineering

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: BuroHappold Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering: BuroHappold Engineering

Landscape Architect: Coen + Partners

Civil Engineering: EVS, Inc

Law Enforcement & Forensic Lab Designer: MWL Architects

Life Safety/Cod Consultant: Jensen Hughes

Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates

Traffic and Pedestrian Consultant: Greenway Transportation Planning & Traffic Impact Group, LLC

AV/IT Security Systems Consultant: BuroHappold Engineering

Change Consultant: Koliso