A high quality environment to unite city workers and public services
Set to be situated next to the existing city hall, the Minneapolis New Public Service Building will unite a number of city departments and services. As well as providing a centralized campus for public services, the 250,000ft2 building will also include a forensic laboratory for the Minneapolis Police Department, ballistic range and local Juvenile Protection Service.
BuroHappold Engineering is providing integrated services for the project, working closely with the architects and client to deliver a building that offers a diverse range of services. Environmental sustainability and creating a positive working environment are also key factors in the client’s brief.
Early and frequent engagement with the numerous stakeholders on this project has been key in designing and agreeing MEP engineering and security strategies that meet the multitude of different requirements in a building of this nature. The project is targeting a LEED Gold accreditation, so high performance design strategies were required as well.
The design team carried out workshops with department heads at each stage of the process to help agree the MEP and security strategies. To help the client visualize how our systems would work in practice, we took the team on a number of site visits to similar buildings, allowing them to see different design options. The combination of these approaches allowed our client to make an informed decision as to the optimal solutions for their project.
The crime lab specialist recommended high-level specifications for the laboratory and ballistic areas, so we incorporated these into our engineering design. We also worked with them to ensure that the requirements of the local building codes were correctly balanced with the codes from different industry institutions, for example the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board and the United States Department of Justice. This lead to a number of bespoke elements incorporated into the MEP design, for example, providing a higher level of ventilation in the ballistic range and weapons discharge tank, in line with guidelines from the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
To help achieve a LEED Gold accreditation, our team carried out analysis to predict the capital and life cycle costs along with carbon footprint savings, allowing us to compare the performance of different options for the project. Using the results as a guide, we have incorporated an energy efficient cooling system, low water demand appliances, centrally controlled lighting, and the use of active chilled beams, a first for the City of Minneapolis.
Now in its final stages of design, the Minneapolis New Public Service Building will serve as a central space for public services. The new facility will foster connectivity between previously disparate departments, bringing around 1,300 workers together under one roof. Our work on the project has provided a cohesive approach that demonstrates an understanding of the bespoke requirements of each individual department while delivering a unified space.
Services and approach
When we integrate our specialist teams around an approach, the benefits to the client multiply