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Brisky moves to Washington Square

The ever-popular Washington Square has gotten a new tenant, but it’s not a tech company.

Brisky Commercial Real Estate has moved into the complex after being attracted by the recent improvements to Washington Square and the pull to be downtown, according to an announcement by the firm.

“We are proud to be a part of the migration downtown.” said Brian Brisky, the company's president and principal broker, in a statement. “This is a productive environment that both our staff and clients appreciate. We are glad to be a tenant of this recently revitalized building.”

The company is still keeping its office in Superior, Wis., but the new Minneapolis space will now operate as its corporate office. Last week, Slumberland Furniture announced it selected Brisky and Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq to help lease its new headquarters in Oakdale.

The 22-story rectangular tower at 100 Washington has undergone interior renovations and has snagged several prized tenants including software companies Code42, which recently signed a lease, and JAMF Software, which moved in last summer.

PwC Plaza: A Minneapolis modern office with a focus on collaboration

One peek into PwC Plaza and you would swear you walked into a creative agency, not a professional services firm.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ new downtown Minneapolis offices at 45 S. 7th Street (formerly Plaza Seven Tower) are four and a half levels of glistening floors and panoramic views.

There are cornhole boards and a small golf green where you can practice your putts on one of the outdoor decks. There’s custom artwork on every floor and an interactive light installation that looks like an oversized Lite Brite.

“People will want to work here,” said Tom Montminy, PwC’s Minneapolis managing partner, who has called the offices a new recruiting and retention tool that is especially appealing for young workers.

 

Staff moved into the offices on floors 33 to 36 and part of 28 in July after the company signed a 12 ½-year lease. The 66,000 square feet of space is about 6,000 square feet larger than the firm's former home at Capella Tower. The older offices were more traditional with wood paneling and a more corporate feel.

The new space is bright and offers a lot of collaborative space whether it’s in the 14 conference rooms or the other less formal meeting areas. Workers mostly don’t have assigned desks instead moving around to different floors and desks, a concept called “hoteling,” which company leaders said promotes collaboration between the approximately 700 employees.  

“As a firm, our purpose is to build trust and solve important problems,” Montminy said. “You do that through teamwork. So we created an environment that focuses on teamwork.”

PwC Minneapolis also upgraded a lot of its technological capabilities with kiosks where you can reserve meeting spaces or find where people are seated and the capability to use a phone to swipe to print something or connect to any of the large television screens that are stationed in the conference rooms.

There are two decks which offer stunning views of the surrounding area including Target Field and beyond. Other perks include a video gaming station, food cafes and lockers on every floor and a large training space that can fit 150 people. PwC used to have to rent space in Capella’s business center if it needed something that big. There are also places to maintain privacy such as lactation rooms for mothers, serenity room for those who may want some peace and quiet, and call rooms.

The office has local flair with walls wrapped in pictures of landmarks like the frozen Minnehaha Falls and rooms named after icons such as Bob Dylan and Prince. Staff committees helped choose the artwork.

As far as the location, staff is right near the restaurants and shops on Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue. Workers can also take advantage of the gym at the Radisson Blu that’s in the same building.

The renaming of the 36-story tower was a big branding bonus, Montminy said.

“It’s nice to have our brand and our name out there,” he said.