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Ameriprise Financial Center
707 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55474
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Ameriprise Financial Center is a 900,000 square foot Class "A" thirty story office tower located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Constructed in 1999, it is the headquarters facility for Ameriprise Financial. Connected by skyways on two sides, Financial Center is a landmark building in Minneapolis. It features an elegant marble and granite fa?ade, four floors of underground parking, and world class office space for 4,000 Ameriprise Financial employees and contractors. Ameriprise Financial Center received the BOMA award for Regional Office Building of the Year in 2002.

 

The Ameriprise Financial Center contains state of the art systems to efficiently regulate energy usage. All major electrical motors are equipped with variable frequency drives. The robust building automation system monitors more than 35,000 control setpoints to maximize energy efficiency. Utilizing a staged cooling tower and plate-frame heat exchanger system, the central plant can "free cool" the entire facility for more than eight months of the year. This greatly reduces the need for mechanical cooling, reducing electrical usage. All lighting in the Financial Center is controlled by a PC-based relay system, utilizing photo eyes and occupancy sensors in addition to time clocks. The elevators are equipped with traffic sensors, increasing lobby wait times during heavy usage to reduce the number of trips and energy required to move people to their destinations.

While the Financial Center was designed and constructed with energy efficiency in mind, Ameriprise Financial has made significant commitments to achieve even more energy reductions. After five years of operation, all overhead lighting was replaced with T8 twenty five watt fluorescent lamps. Window films were added to reduce sunlight energy. Other energy saving investments have included continuously upgrading the building automation system, adding variable frequency drives to domestic and heating water pumps, and other in-house conservation programs.

Working in partnership with CB Richard Ellis, a continuous commissioning program has been in place since the facility opened. This program identifies further operating efficiencies and has been quite successful. Lighting schedules, HVAC start-up sequencing, chiller staging, and automation controls are constantly evaluated for potential savings.

 

These investments in technology and process have produced real results. In 2006, Financial Center electrical and natural gas usage were down by more than seven percent over 2005 usage, even as the facility saw a growth in users. These reductions saved Ameriprise Financial more than $125,000 in utility costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The ENERGY STAR rating is the culmination of all these efforts. Both CB Richard Ellis and Ameriprise Financial are ENERGY STAR Partners. Ameriprise Financial is proud to display the ENERGY STAR award plaque prominently in the Ameriprise Financial Center lobby as a symbol of superior energy performance and good corporate citizenship.

Communications:

When the Ameriprise Financial Center received the ENERGY STAR award in 2007 it was front page news for the employees, literally! A full featured article on Ameriprise Financial's intranet home page trumpeted the news, thanking empoyees for doing their part to conserve energy and encouraging participation in the Company's Go Green! intitatives.

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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Ameriprise Financial, Inc. or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Property Manager:*
N/A

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2007 (83)
2008 (81)
2009 (83)
2010 (81)
2011 (83)
2013 (91)
2014 (90)

Facility Type: Financial Office

Total Floorspace: 972407 sf

Year Constructed: 1999

Contract Type: Internal Resources
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies

For More Info:
Chris Benson
Chief Engineer
Minneapolis, MN 55474
612-678-7155
chris.m.benson@ampf.com