Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters / Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle

© Lara Swimmer Photography

One of the largest global coatings manufacturers with nearly 10,000 employees worldwide, Valspar Corporation has its roots in 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,
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

© 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.

© Lara Swimmer Photography

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.

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Cite: "Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters / Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle" 27 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • design.language

    I understand that Valspar wanted to showcase their colors, but the elevator lobby colors are quite loud, and the rest of the interiors are pretty corporate looking. However, MS&R is still one of my favorite Minnesota architecture firms. A better representation of their work is the Urban Outfitters Campus which is one of several brilliant adaptive reuse projects the firm has done.

  • up_today_arch

    Too colorfull… I need a time tp realise this…