Meet Minneapolis801 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Design Achievement - Meet Minneapolis is the city’s convention and visitors’ association, responsible for promoting the city as a viable convention site and visitor destination. Their mission is to market, sell and maximize the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of the community. DLR Group’s design of their relocated office supports this mission – taking the organization from the relative seclusion of a multi-tenant office building to a more visible street-level space in a historic property within the heart of the Minneapolis CBD. The workplace is similarly transformed, from one that was siloed due to the architecture of the building and considerable number of private offices, to a more open environment that reflects Meet Minneapolis’ goals of improved collaboration, community, interaction and access to daylight. The design utilizes the original “raw” architectural features of the space—high ceilings, original terrazzo and concrete floors, exposed brick, and exposed concrete columns—and merges them with warmer tones of metal, quartz and stone, and dark wood, bringing elegance into the space. And, befitting an organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote Minneapolis, the new office is uniquely reflective of its place, with locally sourced materials, custom works, and features by local artisans and fabricators strategically integrated throughout the office.
Scope Summary - This project relocates the 18,000 SF headquarters of Meet Minneapolis to a street level space in the 801 Marquette building in downtown Minneapolis. The workplace environment includes a mix of private and open office, with a variety of meeting spaces scattered throughout to promote collaboration and provide employees choice in where and how to work. The reception and conference center, immediately adjacent to the building’s four-story atrium, will double as an event venue, and is connected to another multi-purpose gathering space by a gallery showcasing large-scale environmental graphics by a local artist. Other local touches include a custom, handmade reception desk, custom lighting, and original installations that highlight local landmarks and “makers” who form the fabric of a vibrant and creative Minneapolis. DLR Group provided programming, interior architecture and design, FF&E selection, and artist selection and coordination.