Emerson Process Management Exterior and Workplace Renovation

1960s Manufacturing Facility Becomes 21st Century Workplace

Emerson Process Management is an automation innovator, delivering custom solutions for large, complex production equipment, and processes. Emerson’s two-story, 280,000-SF building was originally constructed in the 1960s as a manufacturing facility but evolved into primarily an office workplace for design and software engineers and corporate lab.

In order to continue to attract premier engineering talent, Emerson sought to renovate the existing facility into an inviting, inspiring, and efficient 21st century corporate workplace. The majority of the building’s exterior wall was replaced to provide natural daylight and views into the workplace, enhance thermal performance, and rebrand the building identity as the home of a modern and technologically innovative company. Uninsulated concrete block and stucco walls were replaced with an aluminum and glass curtain wall and silver aluminum panels. Insulation, brick, and gray-tinted ribbon windows were added to the lower level to give the exterior a unified and attractive look.

Given Emerson’s space constraints, the entire interior was remodeled in phases while the building continued to be occupied. Service spaces were placed in the heart of the building, furthest from daylight. In concentric rings, a conferencing center surrounds the building center, followed by circulation, management offices, and open office workplace nearest to the new glass curtain walls.

Today, the new open office workplace and dining area include numerous spaces for informal meeting, collaboration, teleworking, and other non-traditional work settings that respond to emerging trends in an office workplace serving multiple generations.


Eden Prairie, MN

Building Type

Corporate Lab, Workplace


280,000 SF

  • 2016 AIA Minnesota Honor Award

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