Minnesota Department of Human Services
Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building
Saint Paul, Minn.
Encompassing a full city block, the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building serves people from all walks of life, especially those in need. Facilitating spacial transitions, the light-filled building melds the formal Capitol Mall and its government complexes with the downtown Saint Paul neighborhood. It also symbolizes the life transitions sought by those who take advantage of the department’s programs.
The design solution helps attract and retain staff and offers flexibility for future workplace adaptations. “Main Street” corridors on the floors culminate in interaction zones, facilitating impromptu meetings and fostering a sense of community for employees. Designed in partnership with Gensler.
Size: 400,000 sq. ft.
Components: Lower level, plus eight occupied floors housing 1,200 employees; systems penthouse; ground-level retail including restaurant and gift shop; 482-stall parking ramp; municipal fire station; sustainable and energy-efficiency strategies used throughout, benchmarked using the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide