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Lighting Design for the Renewal of Accident Fund's New Headquarters

Accident Fund Holdings Company Headquarters
Lansing, Michigan, USA

“It has been exciting to watch the transformation of the Ottawa Street Power Station from a cavernous, utilitarian structure to a beautiful office building that now houses hundreds of Accident Fund employees.”

Brian D. Conway
State Historic Preservation Officer

An abandoned 1930s power plant along the downtown Lansing riverfront has been transformed into a new national headquarters for Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

Ottawa Street Station, a coal-fired power plant, was built during the Great Depression and generated electricity for the Lansing area for more than 50 years.

The solution for reusing the mostly floorless, 164-foot-tall tower came through a public-private partnership. The Christman Company, a developer and contractor, worked with a large group of partners including HOK, TowerPinkster and Quinn Evans Architects to design 122,000 square feet of Class A office space into the historic building. The project also included a 105,000-sq.-ft., C-shaped addition that reflects the scale and materials of the original Art Deco-style building.

The team’s LEED Gold design preserves the industrial character of the nine-story building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The design reconfigured the interior floor plates. Hanging new floors in the original turbine hall provided the floor area for office space while protecting the historic glazed tile walls. The project included the restoration of the visually complex masonry exterior and the installation of new energy-efficient windows with custom details matching the original windows.

The design provides lighting controls for individual workstations and shared multi-occupant spaces. In many areas, prevalent daylight allows electric lighting systems to be dimmed down. In the many areas with high ceilings, HOK’s lighting designers reduced lighting power densities as much as possible.




324,000 sq. ft. / 30,100 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning


AIA Michigan – Honor Award 

American Institute of Steel Construction – IDEAS2 Presidential Award of Excellence

Construction Association of Michigan – Green Project of the Year

Engineering Society of Detroit – Construction and Design Award

International Economic Development Council – Excellence in Economic Development

Michigan Historic Preservation Network – Design Award

Michigan State Housing Development Authority – Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation

National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council – Beyond Green High Performance Building First Place Honor Award for a Historic Reuse

National Trust for Historic Preservation – Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Honor Award

Urban Land Institute – Global Award for Excellence


Year the original Ottawa Street Station power plant opened



9 July 2012
“A Mix of Old and New”
World Architecture News

13 July 2011
“Construction and Design Team Honored with National Steel Award for Work on Accident Fund Headquarters”
The Street

4 May 2011
“Accident Fund Holdings Receives Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation”
The Street

30 March 2011
“Phoenix Risen”
Lansing City Pulse

30 March 2011
“From Power to People”
Lansing City Pulse