Metropolitan Economic Development AssociationMinneapolis, MN
Design Achievement - The mission of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) is to help minority entrepreneurs succeed. Since its founding in 1971, Meda has helped more than 20,000 entrepreneurs of color and assisted in the start-up of more than 550 businesses. After spending 20 years in their previous location, Meda’s offices no longer supported their functional needs, nor did the space project the progressive and professional image they wished to convey to clients. DLR Group’s design transforms Meda’s workplace, increasing its footprint, and taking the organization from a siloed, inefficient, and near windowless environment to an open, productive, and light-filled office on the top floor of the new Regional Acceleration Center in North Minneapolis. The new offices, conveniently located near many of the entrepreneurs Meda serves, were designed to support their evolving work process and reflect their mission. The design pulls private offices and meeting rooms off the glass, allowing daylight to permeate the space. A variety of venues promote both heads-down and collaborative work. A clearly defined client experience path builds in a level of security and separates staff work areas from more public areas that may be open for potential after-hours use. Branding throughout the space reinforces Meda’s mission and community-based values. An adjacent accelerator space, developed by Target Corporation, provides an additional resource for programming for Meda clients.
Scope Summary - This project relocates Meda’s offices from downtown Minneapolis to 15,000 SF in a newly-developed office building in the heart of North Minneapolis. The transformed work environment includes a mix of open and private office space, collaboration space, and a work café. Meeting rooms, as well as multifunction gathering space, are available. True to the Meda mission, minority subcontractors and suppliers were deeply engaged in the construction of the space, a well as furniture procurement and installation. DLR Group provided programming, interior architecture and design, FF&E selection and specification, and signage and graphics design for this office relocation.