Consolidating Operations while Increasing Vitality of Downtown Minneapolis

Located directly across the street from Xcel Energy’s corporate headquarters, 401 Nicollet is the perfect location for the company to develop a second office tower and create a two-building campus in downtown Minneapolis.

With the site chosen, Xcel selected The Opus Group because of its extensive experience in the office sector to help deliver its vision. Experienced in office space development, Opus used its integrated design-build approach to design and construct a building that will achieve Xcel’s goal of increasing operating efficiency for company employees.

Committed to the city of Minneapolis, both Xcel and Opus ensured that the nine-story, 222,000-square-foot facility enhances the vitality of downtown.

The aesthetics of the building, designed in-house by Opus AE Group, L.L.C., are contemporary, reflecting the architectural design aspects of the surrounding urban context, while also adding fresh ideas. Materials consist of glass curtain wall and cast stone with architectural detail including banding elements, metal accents and strong vertical mullions. The subtle interlace of materials is reminiscent of the warmth and permanence of Xcel Energy's current headquarters and the nearby Minneapolis Central Library's transparent glass façade.

To enhance the central campus feel and improve workforce efficiency, a skyway spans Nicollet Mall, connecting the two building. Additionally, the new building will feature collaborative work spaces that will assist recruiting and retaining talented professionals.

As an environmental leader, Xcel is committed to having an energy-efficient building. With deep experience in creating LEED certified buildings, Opus honored Xcel’s mission by using sustainable construction and design elements to create a building qualified to receive LEED Silver certification.

Construction began in 2014.