60,000 GSF, 5575 M2
Architecture, Building Systems Consulting, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming, Urban Planning and Design, Historic Preservation
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Platinum, LEED for Core & Shell (CS) LEED-CS-Platinum, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB O+M)-Platinum
Governor, Green Project of the Year, High Performance Design Award, Michigan Commercial Real Estate Awards
2030 challenge, adaptive re-use, adaptive reuse, brand, collaboration, cool roof, core ＆ shell, cradle-to-cradle products, culture, daylighting, daylighting analysis, dedicated outside air, deep green, development, displacement ventilation, efficiency, efficient lighting, energy, energy efficiency, energy modeling, energy recovery, flexibility, green design, high-performance glazing, high-performance lighting, indoor environmental quality, innovation, interiors, leadership in energy and environmental design, leed, life-cycle cost analysis, life-cycle cost assessment, lighting controls, quality of light, renovation, repositioning, salvaged material, sustainability, sustainable building, sustainable design, sustainable material, thermal comfort, transit-oriented development, underfloor air distribution, walkable community, workplace
Renovating a 60,000-square-foot, obsolete vacant building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is no easy feat; making it a modern workplace is even harder. With a need to expand, this construction firm collaborated with SmithGroupJJR to create an environment that celebrates its core values of people and expertise.
The project team envisaged sustainable, innovative offices that nod to the past while firmly establishing a 21st-century position. Five stories of offices are organized into “communities” with mini-studio spaces to boost collaboration, and a sixth floor was added with a roof-hung, modern staircase. A skylight extends above the parapet to showcase an original light well’s character, enlivening an inner courtyard as the office’s focal point.
The Christman Building garnered an unprecedented quadruple LEED Platinum awards: one for its core-and-shell design, another for Commercial Interiors and two for Existing Building certification. As a peer involved in landmark conversions agreed, “Meeting energy efficiency parameters and historic criteria where tax credits are involved is never easy. This interior build-out skillfully addresses human well-being and architectural beauty, a wonderful achievement.”
Credit & Credibility
The Christman Building: A LEED Triple-Platinum Success Story
Green Building: What's the Right Dose?
Looking beyond hyperbole to confirm the real data behind health claims for green buildings.
The world’s first triple LEED Platinum!
USBGC Building Performance Partnership Testimonial