The challenge was to transform an abandoned 1930s power plant along the downtown Lansing riverfront into a headquarters for AF Group (formerly Accident Fund Holdings). The project 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.
Lighting controls for individual workstations and shared multi-occupant spaces are provided. In many parts of the office, the ample daylight allows electric lighting systems to be dimmed down. In the areas with high ceilings, HOK’s lighting designers reduced lighting power densities as much as possible.
Christman Company, a developer and contractor, worked with a large group of partners including HOK, TowerPinkster and Quinn Evans Architects to transform the historic building into Class A office space.