AAN to Open Doors to New Headquarters

April 18, 2012


On April 29, 2012, the American Academy of Neurology will move into its new state-of-the-art headquarters in the historic Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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"After more than 63 years, the AAN will move into a permanent headquarters building that is designed to meet the ever increasing needs of our leadership, members, and staff. We are thrilled to be part of one of the most vibrant and diverse areas of Minneapolis," said Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director and CEO of the Academy.

"The Academy has long outgrown its current facility in St. Paul as we have taken on greater responsibilities to serve our members," said AAN President Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN. "The Board weighed the options available to the organization—whether to continue to lease a building, buy an existing structure, or design and construct our own. We concluded that this was the best opportunity to ensure the long-term viability of our organization. By building a headquarters specifically designed to accommodate the way the Academy and its staff work, we will be able to best serve the current and future needs of our members."

The new headquarters provides the Academy with space commensurate to its needs in the 21st century:

  • The five-story, 63,000 square-foot building features a street-level sensory garden, state-of-the art meeting space capabilities, and space to accommodate future growth. The Academy will be applying for LEED certification of the new building.
  • With its proximity to light rail transit, the Twin Cities airport and numerous hotels, restaurants, and theaters, the historic Mill District is an ideal destination for Academy staff and the hundreds of neurologists who will be traveling to Minneapolis each year to attend Academy meetings.
  • The new building was funded using City of Minneapolis Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, which are designed to encourage capital investment and are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The balance was provided from Academy reserves.
  • The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest professional association of neurologists and the largest trade association in the Twin Cities.