MBC01 Life Safety Improvements

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1995

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: MBC

Contact Person: Igor Melamed

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: June 2024

Department Priority: 1

Contact Phone Number: (612) 596-9520

Website: http://www.municipalbuildingcommission.org/

Project Location:

Address: 350 South Fifth Street

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown West

Affected Wards: 7

Description of Location

Minneapolis City Hall/Hennepin County Courthouse

Project Description:

This project upgrades and improves the infrastructure of the City Hall / Courthouse so that it abides by International and Minnesota Building Code for high rise office buildings and incorporates newly adopted code changes and State Amendments.

The MBC life safety program includes installation of building sprinkler, fire alarm, smoke detection and public address systems, update of building exits and stairs, and installation of fireproofing and smoke barriers. Emergency lighting, life safety power systems, and structural beam upgrades are also included.

The Stage related projects are being coordinated with several projects including the MBC’s Mechanical Systems Upgrade, and space reconfiguration and computer infrastructure upgrades by the City and County. MBC initiatives to upgrade the electrical wiring, plumbing, lighting, floor coverings, wall coverings and ceilings are also being completed in the spaces during the Life Safety project.

Purpose and Justification:

Life/Safety improvements reduce the potential for property, and human loss by fire. A serious fire would have a substantial adverse effect on the public services provided by City and County departments located in the building.

The remaining Life Safety work inside the boundaries of final stages (including stages 15, 19, 20 and 21) will be completed simultaneously with the MBC Mechanical Systems Upgrade project to gain economies of scale and minimize disruption.

A serious fire in the City Hall / Courthouse could have a significant effect on critical public services housed in the building including police, fire, emergency communications (911), Adult Detention Center and courts. The interruption of 911 services due to a fire in the building, for instance, could have citywide impact. Other important functions include offices for the Mayor, City Council, Finance Department and Public Works.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured? No

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

The project is coordinated with the Hennepin County Capital Funding program. By agreement, both City and County Capital Programs must fund the project on a dollar for dollar basis for the project to proceed.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

The project is coordinated with Hennepin County Capital Program throughout the five year capital funding cycle. City facility management staff are collaborating on office reconfigurations to improve space allocation efficiencies. Other upgrades including plumbing, electrical, lighting, and communications infrastructure upgrades occur during each stage. For efficiency and coordination with City tenant improvement work, life cycle upgrades and improvements including painting, ceiling tile, and carpet have also been incorporated into the MBC life safety/MEP projects.

This project receives a dollar for dollar match with Hennepin County Capital Funding.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth - references

Public Services and Facilities: Through sound management and strategic investments, Minneapolis will maintain and develop public services and facilities that promote health, safety and an enhanced quality of life for all members of this growing community.

Policy 5.1: Coordinate facility planning among city departments and public institutions.

5.1.1 Encourage communication and coordination among city departments, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Minneapolis Public Schools to share use of facilities.

5.1.2 Explore opportunities for co-location of public services where appropriate.

5.1.4 Develop cooperative programming that takes advantage of the resources and missions of various public institutions. Policy 5.4: Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city’s infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

5.4.4 Encourage the creation of special service districts downtown and in other business districts in order to enhance streetscapes, provide security services, and maintain the public realm.

Environment: Minneapolis will promote sustainable design practices in the preservation, development, and maintenance of its natural and built environments, provide equal access to all of the city’s resources and natural amenities, and support the local and regional economy without compromising the needs of future generations.

Policy 6.1: Integrate environmental, social and economic goals into decision-making processes at all levels.

6.1.1 Increase usage of renewable energy systems consistent with adopted city policy.

6.1.2 Promote efficient use of natural and limited resources when renovating, constructing or operating city facilities and in general city operations.

6.1.4 Invest in energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, controls and sensors that minimize emission and noise, use of renewable fuel sources, and utilization of best available control technology to minimize particulate emissions.

Policy 6.3: Encourage sustainable design practices in the planning, construction and operations of new developments, large additions and building renovations.

6.3.1 Encourage developments to implement sustainable design practices during programming and design, deconstruction and construction, and operations and maintenance.

6.3.5 Support the development of sustainable site and building standards on a citywide basis.

6.3.9 Develop regulations to further reduce the heat island effect in the city by increasing green urban spaces for parks and open spaces, including shading of parking lots, sidewalks and other impervious surfaces, promoting installation and maintenance of green roofs and utilization of highly reflective roofing and paving materials.

6.3.10 Promote climate sensitive site and building design practices.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and design review for this project was conducted April 2008. The project was found consistent with the comprehensive plan. No additional review is required by the City Planning Commission.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No impact on existing tax base.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not Applicable

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Not Applicable

Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Not Applicable

Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Not Applicable

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 30

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? N/A

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N/A

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes, but we are planning to spend most of this with the Phase 2 construction and Phase 3 design projects that are currently in the procurement phase.

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations:

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Not Applicable

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

MBC will use operating funding for this. No significant financial impact, these are safety systems replacing outdated existing.


Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Schedule for the remaining four Mechanical/Life Safety (MLS) Stages (Stages 15, 19, 20, and 21):

Phase 1 (Stage 19) and Phase 2 (Stage 15) Design: Complete

Phase 1 (Stage 19) Construction: 2021

Phase 2 (Stage 15) Bidding, Procurement and Construction: 2021

Phase 3 (Stages 20 and 21) Design: 2021

Phase 3 (Stages 20 and 21) Bidding, Procurement and Construction: 2022 - 2023

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

In conjunction with the City's new Public Service Building and expiring City leases, various offices in the City Hall/Courthouse including the Stages 19, 15, 20, and 21 areas, are being planned for restacking. MBC and the City are working in partnership to complete the Life Safety and Mechanical Stagework and office re-stacking. The project is being phased to meet available funding and the City's occupancy schedule. As outlined in the previous section, the MBC's 2021 work is being funded with available capital funds, and the Life Safety and Mechanical capital budget request for 2022 will fund the remaining bidding, procurement, and construction work to complete the Stagework.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Not Applicable


The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:

Not Applicable

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

Not Applicable

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

This project helps to ensure the safety, security, reliability, and preservation of a key government and local historical asset.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

This project contributes to the preservation and security of the facility, improving its sustainability and contributing to a more cost-effective and efficient government.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Not Applicable

Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

Not Applicable

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

This project helps preserve and maintain a key cultural and historical City/County asset which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

Life Safety is critical for any facility. The proposed life safety improvements along with those that are included in the remaining stages will help ensure the safety of those who work and do business in the building.