The new Xcel Energy headquarters at 401 Nicollet in downtown Minneapolis has something else to add to it’s list of distinctions, a Design-Build Institute of America Upper Midwest Region Excellence Award for Industrial and Office Buildings.
The award was given to The Opus Group for their work on the project with team collaboration, a fast-tracked schedule, and value driven approach as cited attributes in this unique urban environment.
The Xcel Energy headquarters building is a nine-story office building that will be instrumental in continuing the vitality of downtown Minneapolis and the north end of Nicollet Mall. The building’s contemporary aesthetic reflects the surrounding urban context and adds fresh design ideas. A skyway spanning Nicollet Mall connects the building with Xcel Energy’s current headquarters, and a second planned skyway will connect the building to The Nic on Fifth®, a 253-unit luxury high-rise apartment building developed by Opus directly south of the project, and therefore the rest of downtown on the skyway system. The project is targeting LEED Core and Shell Silver certification and Commercial Interiors Gold certification.
Here’s a look inside the project, photos courtesy of The Opus Group.