The creation of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx home offices echo the sensational transformation of a failed retail and entertainment complex into the best practice facility in the NBA, with many teams looking to follow suit. The facility boasts an impressive 107,000 square foot space that includes administrative spaces for over 150 employees, media centers, locker rooms, weight rooms, film rooms, therapy tubs and saunas in addition to a 7,000 square-foot fan experience store. For a space that caters to so many different types of clients – players, coaches, employees, and fans – ensuring that the facilities were collaborative and engaging was our top priority.
Timberwolves Practice Facility
With the partnership of Architecture & Design firm AECOM, we implemented a more collective environment to integrate the business and player-centric culture by adding more open team spaces, conference rooms, and classrooms. We also lowered workspace panel heights to brighten work areas and encourage cross-sharing among teams.
In addition to working closely with AECOM to create a more engaging physical space, we also suggested alternative product selections on over 1,300 pieces that resulted in an overall 30% FF&E savings. To ensure a seamless, successful ending to the project, we managed the relocation of 150+ employees and equipment from the existing facility into the new location without any business downtime.
Located on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, the 50,805-seat TCF Bank Stadium opened as the new home for Golden Gopher Football. As only the 6th on-campus football stadium of its size to be built in the last 50 years, TCF Bank Stadium is distinguished as the first LEED-certified new football stadium in the country.
Working closely with architects Populous and interior designers at Studio Hive and The Alliance, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors provided furnishings in the 39 private suites, and the 2 large premium club suites.
The Minnesota Twins celebrated their 50th season in 2010 with a return to outdoor baseball at Target Field. The classic design on a compact footprint includes multiple outdoor decks and balconies tied to indoor lounges and club areas.
Working with the Twins and their design firms, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors provided furnishings for the Champions, Legends and Metropolitan Clubs, the Budweiser Deck, as well as the 54 suites, team stores, multiple eating areas, and the Twins Baseball Club offices. Target Field has been described as the “greenest” ballpark in America, and is only the 2nd LEED Certified professional sports stadium in the U.S.
Originally built in 1990, the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis received a $145 million facelift over the course of 18 months. The renovation was completed in fall 2017, with an official reopening in October 2017. This renovation of the sixth busiest building in the U.S. extended the lifetime by 20 years, supporting the approximately 1 million visitors and 200 events held each year. The updated home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx included the installation of 2,500 LED light fixtures and 9,286 square feet of new video boards.
Partnering with the architects and designers of Dimensional Innovations, Perkins + Will, Alliiance, Tegra Group, and Mortenson Construction, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors provided furnishings for the 30,000 square feet of new club space, which boasts three new sponsorship zones and a rebranding of the premium level.
Target Center Suites
Athlete's Village University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
With help from Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, the University of Minnesota Athlete’s Village is rewriting the playbook on how 750 Golden Gopher student athletes practice, eat, train, and study. Three new buildings include: a football center with a weight room, locker room, and staff offices; an indoor football practice facility; and the “Center for Excellence” which includes academic, nutrition and training centers as well as practice facilities for men’s and women’s basketball. The new space will serve all areas of the student athlete, academically, nutritionally, and professionally, with 34 offices for academic tutors, a nutrition center where athletes can dine and take cooking classes, and a leadership development center to help students land jobs after they graduate.
No detail was overlooked when creating the Athlete’s Village. The lockers in the football locker room have lights that illuminate the silhouette of the Minneapolis skyline while the windows operate like transitions lenses, meaning the more light that comes through-the darker they get. Atmosphere Commercial Interiors worked closely with the architect and the University of Minnesota to make sure the new facility captures recruits and student athletes for years to come.