June 13, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS – Transwestern today announces the newly renovated, 1 million-square-foot historic Baker Center, which comprises a full city block in downtown Minneapolis, will be unveiled to the public Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Baker Center is composed of four buildings: the 706, 705 and 733 buildings, all built in the 1920s, and the 730 building, built in the mid-1960s.
Notable features of the renovation include:
· The largest media wall in the Twin Cities, measuring 60 feet wide and nearly 7 feet tall, it is roughly the size of a highway billboard and composed of 45 individual display panels capable of displaying over 93 million pixels. The media wall, installed and managed by Spye, will initially feature a 30-minute art video loop celebrating diversity.
· A two-story art deco entry lobby on the corner of Marquette Avenue and Eighth Street, through which an estimated 40,000 skyway pedestrians pass daily.
· An amenity suite on the top floor of the 733 building featuring a conference center large enough to accommodate 200 people, a state-of-the-art STEELE Fitness Center and access to the rooftop deck. The STEELE Fitness Center is exclusive to tenants as a way to promote wellness in the workplace and features innovative Technogym equipment.
· An exterior glass curtain wall that gives the building a modern look while respecting its Art Deco origins.
Transwestern provides property management and leasing services for Baker Center. The architect is RSP Architects, and the building contractors are Gardner Builders and JE Dunn.
Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Asset Services and Research, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 180 offices in 37 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. Experience Extraordinary at transwestern.com and @Transwestern. For updates from the Minneapolis office, follow @TranswesternMN.
With over 250 employees, RSP Architects is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix, Arizona; and Fort Worth, Texas. The privately-held firm consistently ranks as one of the largest in the country with annual revenue over $60M. Majority shareholders include Principals, Associate Principals and Senior Associates.
RSP maintains a diverse practice with architectural expertise in corporate, government, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, and retail projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition, RSP i_SPACE is a proprietary consultancy service that specializes in facility information, while RSP Dreambox offers experience design and environmental communications.