HGA | Minneapolis Office Renovation
Connie Zhou

HGA | Minneapolis Office Renovation

HGA as Architects

HGA studied the impact of the pandemic on workplace strategy and design with their clients, and then turned inward to assess their own workplace. The firm’s in-house research team conducted a multi-method research study yielding findings that were used to shape a flexible work policy and inform the redesign of the second and third floor of HGA’s Minneapolis office.

Four guiding principles emerged from the research findings and were used in the design of the new space. Spaces should: support a collaborative, studio-like work environment; be organized to showcase work and to encourage spontaneity, mentorship, and socialization, provide flexibility and variety for individual work; and offer an aesthetic and appealing environment reflective of the company’s core values.

photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou
photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou

The renovated space supports a hybrid work environment. The research findings showed that most employees are drawn to the office for in-person collaboration and socializing. This finding led to a greater emphasis on meeting, collaborative, and social spaces. A wide variety of space types were added to give employees the ability to author their workday.

To achieve a more collaborative, studio-like work environment, the consensus was to create “collaborative hubs” that were right-sized for small to mid-sized teams. The hubs needed to simultaneously support in-person and virtual attendees and accommodate a range of work functions. A specific design response representing a new type of space for the Minneapolis office is Design Labs. 

photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou
photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou

With two Design Labs on each of the two floors, the new co-creation labs are designed as adaptable and nimble spaces in which cross-discipline teams can move about freely and curate their collaborative processes, depending on the task at hand. Similar design responses include the introduction of enclosed spaces for individual as well as group work, such as phone rooms and huddle rooms, respectively. Unassigned workstations and library tables offer open spaces for a variety of focused work and spontaneous interaction. Meditation and lactation rooms offer employees support spaces when privacy is preferred. 

HGA’s commitment to employee and client wellbeing is demonstrated through the offices newly achieved WELL Health-Safety Rating by the International WELL Building Institute.

photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou
photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou

Team:
Architect: HGA
Contractor: Gardner Builders
Photography: Connie Zhou

photo_credit Connie Zhou
Connie Zhou
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