Office Envy: Prime Therapeutics

A new Prime Therapeutics headquarters brings people together on a new level.

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    A balcony overlooks Lake Shanahan and its walking trail. Too cold outside? There’s also a walking path inside the building.

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    The cafeteria offers entrées and grab-and-go food items from chain restaurants and a Caribou Coffee shop.

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    Work lounges, coffee machines, and copiers are positioned to encourage more interaction among employees. “There’s space for us to just bump into each other,” says Prime Therapeutics’ Kim Gibson.

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    Accent colors help influence behavior: Teal encourages energy and teamwork, while green fosters a sense of health and wellness, Gibson says.

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    The lounge’s lighting and wood tones emulate a front porch, evoking feelings of home.

  • Company: Prime Therapeutics LLC
    Headquarters: Eagan
    Size: 400,000 square feet
    Designer: HGA

    After having more than 2,000 of its Minnesota-based employees divided across five metro locations, Prime Therapeutics has brought employees from four of the locations under one roof at its modern and airy new headquarters in Eagan. And they’ll get plenty of face time. The pharmacy benefit manager asked design firm HGA to prioritize a variety of workspaces: outdoor seating areas, a game room, a fitness center, and relaxation rooms. Not on the list? Cubicles. Kim Gibson, Prime Therapeutics’ assistant vice president of real estate and facilities, says workplaces are shifting away from individual assigned desks. Employees “don’t care as much about [their] desks anymore,” Gibson says. “What they really want are places to meet with their teams.” In fact, half of Prime Therapeutics’ employees won’t have an individual workspace in the new building at all. Gibson says the new space “allows employees to pick what’s best for them at the moment,” adding, “employees love having that variety.”

    —Christopher Lemke