West Monroe Partners, a national business and technology consultancy, today announced that its Minneapolis office will relocate to new space in the North Loop neighborhood to accommodate its expanded local team and future growth projections. The firm has agreed to lease more than 42,000 square feet at The Nordic, a unique mixed-use development at 729 Washington Avenue, and expects to move into the new space in April 2020.
West Monroe, which has nine offices across the United States, doubled its local team in October 2019 through the acquisition of Minneapolis-based digital product studio, GoKart Labs. The new office will have more than two times the space of West Monroe’s current local footprint, allowing the firm to bring more than 100 employees together in one location and still have room to grow. Based on increasing demand for consulting services from the region’s upper-mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies, West Monroe expects to double the size of its local workforce again between now and 2025.
“Already, we are seeing tremendous impact from integrating the respective consulting, creative, and technology talents of West Monroe and GoKart Labs, so it has been a priority for us to find space where we can bring everyone together. The Nordic not only enables us to do that; it also offers a modern, efficient, human-centered environment that is very much aligned with our people-first culture,” said Tom Ewers, managing director and Minneapolis office leader. “We are excited to find a space that enables us to collaborate and do ground-breaking work for category leaders committed to differentiating themselves and creating value in a digital marketplace.”
West Monroe opened its Minneapolis office in 2013. Today, the office provides technology-enabled consulting solutions for clients across the Upper Midwest in key industries, including healthcare and life sciences, financial services, consumer and industrial products, and private equity. The firm’s Minneapolis-based digital product studio serves clients nationally as West Monroe builds out additional studios in other offices.
West Monroe earned 35 awards for its unique, people-first company culture in 2019. Nationally, the firm has been recognized as a leading company at which to work by Great Place to Work and Fortune, as well as by Vault Inc. and Consulting magazine. Both West Monroe and GoKart Labs have been named a Star Tribune Top Workplace and a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best Place to Work.
“Collaborating to create value through multi-disciplinary teams is at the heart of what we do, so it is important for us to have space that inspires that, while also being an attractive destination for our current and prospective employees. The Nordic offers a space and location that exemplifies our unique culture, while also proximity to both of our current offices so as not to disrupt people’s current commutes,” said Don Smithmier, co-founder of GoKart Labs and now a senior director with West Monroe. “Just as important, we are eager to have our entire Minneapolis team together in one space so that everyone has exposure to and can learn from each other’s skills and diverse perspectives. This creates career growth opportunities for all and helps us fulfill our mission to build the next generation of leaders.”
The Nordic, led by United Properties, is one of Minnesota’s first registered projects employing the WELL Building StandardTM (WELL), a global movement focused exclusively on the health and wellness of building occupants. It features full-service restaurants, retail, micro-unit housing, parking and bike storage, and gathering areas, including a unique four-season plaza and a rooftop patio.
“We’re pleased to welcome West Monroe Partners to The Nordic, our unique mixed-use development in Minneapolis’ vibrant North Loop neighborhood,” said Gordy Stofer, vice president, capital markets for United Properties. “West Monroe joins other fast-growing companies on the leading edge of their industries that have selected The Nordic as their home because it offers an ideal location and a variety of amenities their employees can enjoy.”
West Monroe currently occupies space at 123 N. 3rd Street and 110 N. 5th Street. Peter Fitzgerald of Cushman Wakefield represented West Monroe in the deal.
West Monroe is currently hiring for an array of positions in Minneapolis. For career opportunities, visit https://www.acceptthechallenge.com.
About West Monroe Partners
West Monroe is a national business and technology consulting firm that partners with dynamic organizations to reimagine, build, and operate their businesses at peak performance. Our team of more than 1,400 professionals is comprised of an uncommon blend of business consultants and deep technologists. This unique combination of expertise enables us to design, develop, implement, and run strategic business and technology solutions that yield a dramatic commercial impact on our clients’ profitability and performance. For more information, visit www.wmp.com.