Photographer: Jim Kruger
Scope: Architectural interior and exteriors, aerial images
The new state-of-the-art headquarters UnitedHealth Group is opening for its insurance arm in Minnetonka is just the latest chapter in the expansion of the health care giant’s burgeoning real estate portfolio in the Twin Cities.
Tucked amid the lush greenery of its corporate campus off Hwy 169, the new 10-story UnitedHealthcare headquarters building is linked to an existing structure — more fraternal than identical twin — that opened in 2008. The two buildings, known as 9700 and 9800 Health Care Lane, unify some 3,300 employees from four benefits divisions of UnitedHealthcare, including Employer and Individual, Medicare and Retirement, Community and State, and Military and Veterans.
Parent company UnitedHealth Group has wrapped up several real estate projects in the past year, and at least one major expansion is still in the works. Currently, United has almost 3 million square feet of office space in Minnesota, a number that is likely to grow as the company expands.
“This has all been geared toward bringing the business together,” said Restor Johnson, vice president of real estate services for parent company UnitedHealth Group. “It can be pretty profound when you bring groups of employees together.”
The company would not reveal how much it invested in the new digs. But Hennepin County estimates the market value of the older building at 9800 Health Care Lane at approximately $46 million.
RSP Architects of Minneapolis works with UnitedHealth Group on a national scale and was the architect of record and the design architect for the 9700 building. RSP expanded upon the existing 2008 master plan and designed the building and all of the interiors.