Workplace Spotlight: A Peek Inside the 3M Design Center

From introducing the now-ubiquitous Post-it Note to perfecting adhesives and glass films, 3M is a brand synonymous with scientific ingenuity. But science is only one part of the equation for developing successful everyday products. That’s where the company’s design team comes into the picture — and why the company set out to create the 3M Design Center. “3M Design is at the forefront of creating customer-driven experiences,” says Eric Quint, the company’s chief design officer. “The new studio reflects our culture of spontaneous collaboration, creativity and translation of insightful solutions that positively impact the world.” This new central hub is situated within a distinct, existing 1960s structure at the 3M global headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working closely with MSR Architecture, Quint and 3M Design reconfigured the 38,000-square-foot, three-floor building to bring it up to date and meet the modern needs of the company. After stripping the building down to its shell and structural components, the contractors enhanced existing concrete floors throughout using 3M’s own products including the Trizact Concrete polishing system, Scotchgard Stone Floor Protector and Scotch-Brite Sienna Diamond Floor Pad Plus. In fact, more than 30 ...
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