Partners: Finance and Property Services
Status: Fabrication underway
The New Public Service Building will be at 505 Fourth Ave. S. and co-locate City employees and services currently in several sites throughout downtown Minneapolis and serve the City’s broad range of constituents. The design team for Consolidated Office building includes the Minneapolis firm MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle) working in partnership with the international firm Henning Larsen.
Goals of the public art project include:
- Create a public space that is inviting, pleasant and compelling for visiting businesses and residents.
- Reflect the culture and diversity of the city through history and storytelling.
- Reflect the mission of public service, the City’s commitment to transparency, and educate the public about the City services.
- Support a work environment that promotes wellness, a diversity of work styles, collaboration, and innovation.
- Be thoughtfully integrated into the architectural identity and design, materials, and palette.
- Be contemporary, yet timelessly elegant, and meaningful.
- Enhance the focal points, entrances, plazas, and wayfinding systems.
- Celebrate the sustainability goals of this project and the facility.
- Be durable and maintainable in Minneapolis' climate and urban environment.
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, the Public Service Building will feature a unique public art collection with work by several notable artists. Project and artists selected to date include:
- Bird safe glass art designs for windows by Futures North, represented by lead artists Molly Reichert and Adam Marcus.
- A suspended lobby sculpture by Tristan Al-Haddad.
- Five mural projects on glass reflecting life in Minneapolis by Angela Two Stars, Connor Rice, Kao Lee Thao, Marlena Myles, and Witt Siasoco.
- Seven unique elevator lobby ceilings incorporating lighting and greeting guests and employees as they enter each floor by Aaron Marx, Alexander Tylevich, Andrew Lucia/Iroha Ito, Christopher Harrison, James Brenner, Laurie Borggreve, and Rory Wakemup.
Thirteen of the artists are local. Adam Marcus is from California and Tristan Al-Haddad is from Georgia. Al-Haddad also worked with the project design team of MSR Design and Henning Larsen to select the art opportunities for the building.
The City posted four separate calls for artists for the new office building and independent artist selection panels selected these artists from a total of 163 applications. The City anticipates that one or more additional calls to create artwork for the building will be posted within the next year. The community will have an opportunity to learn more about the artists and their plans at a public meeting this spring. The public art budget for the building is $2 million.
Artworks will be open to the public when the building opens. The new building will be located diagonally across from City Hall and allow the City to strategically collocate City employees now working in several different sites downtown and provide better service for residents and businesses. For more information about the Public Service Building project, visit the project website.