Office Envy: Bridgewater Bank
photos courtesy of Steve Silverman

Office Envy: Bridgewater Bank

From the rooftop deck to high-tech conference rooms, a look at the bank's new St. Louis Park headquarters.

Company Bridgewater Bank | Headquarters 4450 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park | Size 84,000 square feet | Designer Momentum Design Group

From the rooftop deck equipped with lawn games and a barbecue down to the high-tech conference rooms, Bridgewater Bank is confident that employees will be eager to return to its new St. Louis Park headquarters when it’s safe to gather. Completed in August, the Bridgewater Corporate Center was designed with high ceilings and an open floor plan to encourage interdepartmental collaboration and after-hours socializing (there’s beer on tap in the kitchen area). Designed for growth, Bridgewater’s current staff will occupy around 60 percent of the space. The top floor of the four-story building is currently leased to other businesses, with a focus on local entrepreneurial ventures. Full-service restaurant Hazelwood Food & Drink opened in April on the street level. “People were ecstatic about the environment that was created,” Bridgewater Bank executive vice president and COO Mary Jayne Crocker says. “I do think that while people can be fully productive at home, I know people are excited to get into the space and start working here again.” —Jenna Grundtner

 

beer taps in breakroom
One of Bridgewater Bank’s biggest requests was a welcoming and warm feel, a place where people want to work—not the stereotypical “stuffy” bank environment.
Stairway with mobile
Design highlights: the rib cage-like steel staircase and spiraling chandelier that links the floors together.

looking into restaurant from hallway

mural featuring birds
Greta McLain, one of the artists behind the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, painted a multilevel mural in part of a stairwell, which pedestrians can see from outside.

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