Xcel Energy MinneapolisMinneapolis, MN
Design Achievement - To increase operational efficiency and support future growth, Xcel Energy sought to unify their downtown Minneapolis headquarters which operates out of two adjacent buildings. DLR Group's design solves the challenge of joining multiple business units with a connective skyway over Nicollet Mall. The circulation that occurs around this main artery between the two buildings is taken advantage of with a cluster of “third-place” work areas and employee amenities - a sort of campus commons. The second level’s open lounge features the best view in the house - reflecting Xcel’s shift from focusing on the workstation as the primary place to get work done. A focus on fitness is demonstrated with a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as with more unexpected tactics including upgraded stairwells that shift vertical transportation patterns away from elevators. The ground level boasts high volume walk-by traffic and the design takes advantage of this street presence with a dramatic branded entry feature.
Scope Summary - For this 220,000 square foot remodel, Xcel Energy required a highly flexible floorplan that can move with their business. Modular planning standards create flexibility for future needs, and integrate “we” spaces that are readily accessible. Efficient workstation layouts over nine floors colocate departments with functional adjacencies for 1,560 employees. The desking areas are complimented by collaborative meeting spaces and multi-function training areas. DLR Group provided interior design and structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering.