IDS Center opens $1.8M fitness and conference center

March 23, 2015

IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis has caught up with the Joneses.

Minnesota’s tallest building has a great location on Nicollet Mall, but until this month it lacked something found in many other downtown Class A office buildings: its own fitness center.

The 57-story office building opened its first fitness center for tenants March 1 along with a conference room that tenants can use.

More than 1,200 people who work in the tower have joined the fitness center since it opened.

The fitness center and conference room are both on the third floor and have dramatic 12-foot tall ceilings. They cover 14,000 square feet combined and cost about $1.8 million to build.

“We believe that the IDS Center is the best building in town and it certainly has to have the best amenities in town and that’s exactly what we built. We decided to invest a lot of money providing state of the art equipment, space and technology,” said Ariel Bentata, managing partner-investments at Hallandale Beach, Fla.-based Accesso Partners, which acquired the tower in 2013.

“Now, tenants can work out on their own schedule and not have to leave the building,” he added. “They can also hold small or large training sessions and conferences without going off-site and renting a meeting space.”

Kevin Rolfes of KRdesign Inc., Minneapolis, designed both facilities.

Nancy Kuehn | MSPBJ Kari Forde is one of two program managers at the IDS fitness center, which opened as a free amenity for IDS Center's tenants this month.

Nancy Kuehn | MSPBJ
Kari Forde is one of two program managers at the IDS fitness center, which opened as a free amenity for IDS Center’s tenants this month.

The 7,200-square-foot fitness center has a main room for cardio and weight training, a studio for yoga, Pilates and personal training and separate men’s and women’s lockers and showers.

The center is equipped with Precor fitness equipment, and all the cardio machines have the entertainment package with built-in TV screens and internet access.

AdvantageHealth Corp. of Bloomington is managing the fitness center and running the group exercise programs. The center is staffed full-time with certified fitness trainers and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6:30 pm.

The 6,800-square-foot conference center can hold about 130 people. There’s also a small meeting room that overlooks the IDS Crystal Court retail center.

MSpace of Minneapolis has equipped the conference center with two HD Panasonic projectors, two 96-inch by 60-inch recessed screens and one 70-inch Sharp LED wall-mounted video display.

IDS Center office leasing broker Brent Robertson, senior vice president at JLL Minneapolis, said he thinks the new conference and fitness spaces should help attract tenants to vacant space in the building.

“Tenants realize having these conveniences minutes away from their office gives them an edge in recruiting and retaining top employees,” he said in a news release.