The planning strategies for the Medtronic Corporate Campus exemplify the companys mission of education and research as the cornerstones for the companys success. To this end the design employs the precedent of Jeffersons Academic Village as a model for the master plan. The Corporate Center is located at the eastern end of the site, on axis with the quad system, allowing it to anchor the campus and define a clear entry image from all directions. The building placement creates three primary exterior courtyards, which are enclosed on the east, west, and north sides. This enclosure creates framed views and allows sunlight to enter the courtyards from the south. Each of these courtyards will be planted with a garden theme that is symbolic of one of the native Minnesota ecotypes - Prairie, Northern Hardwood Forest and Coniferous Forest.