One of the largest global coatings manufacturers with nearly 10,000 employees worldwide, Valspar Corporation has its roots in Minnesota Paints, a small company started in the 1800s. Valspar outgrew its former factory buildings—with their block-long mural that acts as a local landmark—and decided to move further into downtown Minneapolis to two floors of the Ameriprise Building.
Follow the break for drawings and more photographs of the new Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters.
Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Michaud Cooley Erickson
General Contractor: Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Project Area: 131,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Lara Swimmer Photography
Reinvigorated by its new 131,000 square-foot headquarters, the 200-year-old company moved from a maze of small, dark offices to an open environment that takes advantage of natural light. The design references the mural from their old headquarters and showcases the power of color tempered by a neutral material palette.
Valspar’s business success and products are based providing good value. Their directive to the architects was to provide highly functional space that embodied their brand and values.