Minneapolis public works facility earns LEED Platinum
The Hiawatha Public Works Facility in Minneapolis received LEED Platinum certification, making it the state’s greenest government building. Designed by local firm RSP Architects, the 200-person facility has 32,000 sf of office space and 26,000 sf of shop and interior storage space. The complex also has more than 250,000 sf of yard space for multiple public works divisions, including maintenance, paving construction, sewer maintenance, sewer construction, bridge maintenance, and central stores. The facility occupies the site of 18 existing city buildings—all but two of which were removed; 90% of demolition material was recycled. The new building’s footprint is 43% smaller than the combined footprint of the previous buildings.