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The Design of Medical Devices Conference takes place at the The Commons Hotel (615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) and McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455) Click here for an arial view of locations including parking ramps.

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The closest parking ramp is the Washington Avenue Ramp which charges $12.00 per day ($2.50/hour). The Commons Hotel also has Valet parking available. There is street parking located in various places around the hotel and McNamara Alumni Center that have metors that accept credit cards. The confrence does not validate.
With construction we suggest that you give yourself extra time and check the Central Corridor Website for any road closures.


Hotel Information

All conference attendees must reserve and pay for their own accommodations. DMD will be hosted at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. The Commons Hotel offers special discounted rates for conference attendees. For attendees wishing to stay elsewhere, we have provided alternate suggestions for hotels in the area.


DMD Room Block Rates are available for the dates of April 6-11, 2014 at:
(the DMD Conference dates are April 7-10, 2014)

The Commons Hotel

The Commons Hotel

615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-8888 or 1-800-822-6757
Fax: 612-379-8682

The room block deadline has been extended to Friday, March 21, 2014, so we encourage you to make your reservations early.

2 ways to make reservations:

1) Call: 612-379-8888 or 1-800-822-6757 and ask for "The Design of Medical Devices 2014 Group"

2) Online reservations: Enter Dates of stay and you will be able to select a room that is linked to the block.

Alternative Local Hotels

Holiday Inn - Metrodome
1500 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Days Inn on University
2407 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Fax: 612-331-2152




The Depot Minneapolis
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Terminal 1-Lindbergh
4300 Glumack Drive, St. Paul, MN 55111 

Terminal 2-Humphrey
7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55450


Public transportation is available through Metro Transit, which provides both Light Rail Transit and public Bus Service within the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Vehicle Rental Companies that serve the metro area:

Alamo: 1-800-327-9633

Avis: 1-800-831-2847

Budget: 1-800-527-0700

Dollar: 1-800-800-4000

Enterprise: 1-800-325-8007

Hertz: 1-800-654-3131

National: 1-800-227-7368

Super Shuttle: 1-800-258-3826

Area Attractions & Minnesota Tourism Resources:

Meet Minneapolis : Official site of Minneapolis tourism

Go Minneapolis

Explore Minnesota

Mall of America

University of Minnesota

Minnesota Gopher Sports

Yahoo! - Twin Cities 

St. Paul Convention & Visitors Authority (resource for family travel guide)

Minnesota Science Museum

The U and the Central Corridor

The University of Minnesota is working with the Metropolitan Council and other agencies to bring to life a light rail transit line that will service the Twin Cities campus. The Central Corridor line will run along Washington and University Avenues as it connects downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. This new line will serve both East and West Bank campuses. At the east edge of campus, the Stadium Village station will serve the Biomedical Discovery District, local businesses, and visitors of our sports arenas, including the new TCF Bank Stadium.

For up to date travel information, please see the Central Corridor Website

For a comprehensive map of University access, go to the University's interactive campus map

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