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City of Minneapolis
Hiawatha Maintenance Facility
completed in 2010
1st LEED Platinum municpal building in MN
32,000 square feet of office space
26,000 square feet of shop and interior storage
250,000 square feet of yard space
During the past 90 years, this 10-acre site grew to a mélange of 18 buildings in varying states of disrepair. Serving as Minneapolis’ maintenance facility dedicated to preserving and maintaining streets and sewers, issues like an abandoned asphalt plant continued to contaminate the site and plague the surrounding neighborhood. RSP’s goal was to redefine the site entirely. The intent was to recycle the entire site, not just the buildings or building materials.
Through renovation and new construction, the design pays tribute to the work of the department over the past century. The history of service provided by Public Works is captured through the use of rugged elements in an elegant design: old concrete slabs serve as stair landings, wood from a former stable is now office space wainscoting, and offsite bridge grating, abutments and railings were all salvaged for use on the campus. Historic photographs of Public Works employees are displayed along the main corridors.
Renovated and thoughtfully preserved, the new facility is the City of Minneapolis’ first LEED Platinum facility and the first public works maintenance facility in the country to achieve such an exemplary level of sustainable design.
“RSP has demonstrated that quality design can be affordable, sustainable and responsible – we value RSP’s commitment to the City as well as to design and they have been tremendously strong partners.”
— R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis