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CLA Staff Might See Actual Celebrities at Their New Training Campus in Minnesota

photo of the Minnesota Vikings Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center


Announced earlier this week, CliftonLarsonAllen has signed a 16-year lease for training space at the Viking Lakes Campus in Eagan, Minnesota just 20 minutes outside of Minneapolis. The new “connection center” is expected to open next year.

CLA, which has more than 130 offices across the country, including the US Bank Building in downtown Minneapolis, intends to use the space at Viking Lakes Campus for a connection center. The approximately 40,000-square-foot office footprint will be built out over the next year. Once complete, CLA team members from across the region and country will gather at the site for learning and development, ongoing training, team building and more.

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CLA will be investing $10M for a dedicated connection center within the Viking Lakes campus where it will host hundreds of the firm’s team members from across the country in learning programs, skills building courses, and leadership development initiatives. The firm also intends to hold client events and team building activities at the site. RSP Architects and ICRAVE have been engaged to design the space, which is expected to open in 2025.

Ah, so CLA University then. Let’s just hope the food is good, competition for the best brainwashing compound grub is stiff and Deloitte is hard to beat.

The entire property is 200 acres with more than two million square feet of professional and medical offices, 160,000 sq ft of retail, up to 1,000 multi-family units and 320 hotel rooms.

Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf, whose family owns the property, is so excited to have CLA on the grounds that he started making up words. “CLA is a well-known, well-respected firm not just in Minnesota but across the United States,” he said. “The organization’s commitment to create a connection center on the Viking Lakes campus that allows their talent to ideate, learn and develop as professionals is a significant testament to what we are building in Eagan. CLA is a tremendous addition to our growing roster of strategic partners at Viking Lakes.”

Yeah sure, he said that.

map of the Viking Lakes site

Since 2018 Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center pictured in the upper left above is home to Vikings training camp meaning it’s entirely possible CLA staff could bump into some honest-to-god football players (or just swing by the Vikings Museum). We tried to include a sweet video of the training camp facility here but the team blocked it from being embedded on websites so here.

CLA CEO Jen Leary said the firm “has a long and deep history in Minnesota” so investing in this “connection center” is a “natural extension” of their commitment to the area. “We are thrilled to be taking this step and we cannot wait to welcome our clients and our people to this spectacular setting,” she said.

CLA Signs 16-Year Lease in Viking Lakes Campus [CLA]

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