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Office 3M Headquarters Hitoshi Abe and Peter Ebner transform spaces to foster creativity through interaction By Michael Webb Photography by Brandon Stengel 118 Innovation is central to the success of 3M, a corporation that was established as the Minneapolis Mining and Manufacturing Company in 1902 and has since diversified and established a global network of offices and production facilities. Two years ago, top executives sensed that the 3M headquarters in St. Paul failed to reflect that forward-looking spirit, and they invited Hitoshi Abe to lead a major renovation effort. Abe, who is the chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and leads his own Los Angeles practice, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, created a master plan for interior improvements that would foster interaction and promote creativity among employees, showcase 3M products, and enhance the corporate image. Project Community, as 3M called the renovations, comprises a second-floor circuit of corridors, break-out areas, and sky bridges linking four buildings that enclose a newly landscaped plaza. This includes the main headquarters’ 15-story tower designed by Ellerbe Becket in 1962 and refaced in 2005. Three adjacent buildings date to the 1970s. may 2013

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Contract - May 2013
Industry News
Columnist: Attending NeoCon® to Enhance the Knowledge Base of You and Your Client
Exhibition: GlobalShop 2013
Exhibition: Coverings 2013
Exhibition: Salone Internazionale de Mobile
Product Focus: Midcentury Made Modern
Product Focus: Uninterrupted Workflow
NeoCon® preview
BBC North
Paul Hastings Atlanta
3M Headquarters
Federal Center South Building 1202
Atlassian II
An interview with Vijay Kumar, author of 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization
Designers Select: Office
Ad Index
Commentary: On MoMA’s Plans for its Modern Neighbor

Contract - May 2013