Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building

Long shot of the renovated exterior of the Whipple Federal Building1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4080
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The Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, located south of downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, is bordered by highways 55, 5, 62 (Crosstown Expressway), and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Officially dedicated and named in 1969 for Henry Benjamin Whipple, the first bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, the Whipple Federal Building houses the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and various agencies within the Department of Defense, including a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) office.

Property Managers: Justin Weingartz and Meghan Coleman

For more building information and service calls, contact the Whipple Property Management Office listed in the top right box on this page. For veterans information, call the VA Service Desk at 612-970-5334 or toll-free at 1-800-827-1000. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Building Hours and Access The building is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must present a valid government ID (state driver’s license or federal ID) and submit to security screening before being allowed to enter the building.

Key Tenants Major renovation work completed in June 2014 (see news story and photo gallery) created a consolidated regional headquarters for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Medium shot of the new entrance and portico of the Whipple Federal BuildingA Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), Army/Navy/Marine recruiting offices, a Dept. of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, and a Federal Executive Board office are also housed in the building. With the expansion of the VA office, several former tenants have moved to Norman Pointe II, a 10-story leased office building in Bloomington, Minnesota. 

Amenities The Whipple Federal Building includes a cafeteria (open 7 a.m.– 3 p.m.), vending machines, an ATM, and two credit unions (open 7 a.m.– 5 p.m.), all located on the ground floor.

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Last Reviewed 2016-01-14