Target Center

Mortenson Construction

City of Minneapolis

Alliiance Architects


Empirehouse teamed with Mortenson Construction and Alliiance Architects as the architectural glass and metal contractor and a collaborative partner on the Target Center renovation project to transform a closed-off concrete façade into a modern and inviting light-filled space for fans to enjoy for decades to come. The Target Center renovation project is an excellent example of transforming a 27-year-old structure into a modern and relevant facility that re-connect it with the look and feel of the neighboring warehouse district. This also meant replacing blocked views of concrete with windows of transparency where Target Center patrons can look out to see surrounding city life, while those passing by can sneak peeks of Target Center sports and concert life within. This “seeing in and seeing out” was part of the fan experience that the design team had intended.

Preplanning and Design-assist partnership included early design review, value engineering, design collaboration, and cost control.


  • A three-story, light-filled glass atrium featuring a monumental span curtainwall application at the corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street which serves as the new main entrance
  • Remodeled Executive Suites with 25 all-glass entrances and approximately 500 linear feet of all-glass drink railings
  • A new skyway lined with bird-safe glass and railings
  • Level 3 bullet-resistant security glass ticket box office with decorative glass fins
  • Twelve heavy-tempered folding and sliding glass wall systems with swinging doors
  • Approximately 4,500 total lineal feet of aluminum cover replacement on an existing exterior curtainwall system
  • Approximately 2,000 linear feet of LED lightboxes in the exterior metal panel façade
  • Curtainwall replacement along Sixth Street
  • Approximately 6,000 square feet of interior glass partition
  • Interior glass hand railings leading to an upper-level glass floor with iconic artwork
  • Lexus Club decorative back-lit onyx glass wall
  • Lynx and Timberwolves decorative shower doors with custom white laminated frosted finish
  • Hydro spa heavy glass walls
  • Overall exterior glass scope of approximately 14,000 total square feet