Historic Burnham building gets new lease on life from HKS

Submitted by Katy Tomasulo on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 04:43
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AIA partner Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope shows how HKS did just that with a steam plant-turned-office headquarters in Ohio. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Salvaging the buildings and structures that define many of our cities and towns has come to be an important part of the work of design professionals. According to an AIA "],[0,[0],1,"report"],[0,[],0,", retrofitting, renovating, adapting, and remodeling existing buildings now accounts for almost half of U.S. architecture firms\u2019 billings. While this is typical in an economic downturn, the current rates have remained steady since 2011 when they peaked after the last recession. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The desire, and the old building stock, is there, but with changes to building codes and dramatic lifestyle shifts over the decades, undertaking an adaptive reuse project or a retrofit requires mitigating many factors. Challenges bringing old structures into the present include ensuring compliance with today\u2019s standards for sustainability, redesigning for working habits, and ensuring adequate daylighting. The reward, however, is the continuity of our design history that helps us maintain, and build upon, our community identity. The imaginative, sustainable designs are often a catalyst for the rebirth of old neighborhoods, bringing communities back to life. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The ProMedica headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, artfully revitalized by "],[0,[1],1,"HKS"],[0,[],0,", demonstrates that not only is this type of adaptive reuse socially and environmentally beneficial, it can be undeniably interesting and beautiful. The new offices, now home to the not-for-profit healthcare organization that operates 12 hospitals in Ohio and Michigan, took over the former Toledo Edison Steam Plant originally built in 1896 under the direction of renowned architect Daniel Burnham."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Having sat vacant since 1985, ProMedica acquired the property with two objectives: to create an open and collaborative work environment with a two-building campus for its 1,000-plus employees\u2014and to revitalize downtown Toledo. With original brickwork, arched windows, and steel beams, the foundation was charming but required design and ingenuity to bring to modern standards. The team at HKS transformed the 78,000-square-foot facility by opening the space to create a four-story building and taking down one of the brick walls to expose views of the Maumee River through a 45,000-square-foot, three-story, glassed-in addition to connect to the plant. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u0022In keeping with Daniel Burnham\u0027s use of light, volume, and architecture\u0027s connection to and need of open space and landscapes, the expansion creates a dramatic \u0027window\u0027 toward the Maumee and Promenade Park without overpowering the existing structure,\u0022 said Anthony Montalto, principal at HKS."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"HKS specified a large fa\u00e7ade that used "],[0,[2],1,"architectural glass"],[0,[],0," sourced from "],[0,[3],1,"Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope"],[0,[],0,"\u2019s (OBE) facility in nearby Perrysburg, Ohio. OBE provided "],[0,[4],1,"insulating glass units (IGUs)"],[0,[],0," of two different makeups: First, clear glass with solar control low-E on the No. 2 surface and an inboard lite of clear glass, and second, clear glass with low-E on the No. 2 surface and an inboard lite of clear glass with acid-etched Velour finish on the third surface. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The arched windows of the original plant complement the modern glass fa\u00e7ade to help maintain the signature aesthetic of the structure. By outfitting the windows with IGUs fabricated with low-E glazing to improve energy efficiency, the glass transmits only 34% of the total solar energy while allowing 70% of visible light to pass through. This ensures adequate natural light while maintaining thermal comfort for employees and visitors."]]],[1,"p",[]],[10,0],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u0022ProMedica\u0027s move represents the largest influx of jobs into downtown Toledo in decades,\u0022 Montalto added. \u0022Building on this, HKS adapted a design approach that would demonstrate ProMedica\u0027s commitment to Toledo\u0027s community health and connect the company in a more transparent way to its city by celebrating the site\u0027s heritage and history.\u0022"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The structure, along with the second building expansion that completes the campus, celebrates the site and the city\u2019s history while providing a modern, comfortable, and unique workplace for the ProMedica team. What\u2019s more, the campus is used for activities like public farmer\u2019s markets and outdoor movie screenings that bring residents back to the city\u2019s downtown waterfront. It connects the company to its community and the community to the waterfront, helping to revitalize a portion of downtown Toledo that sat abandoned for more than 30 years."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[5],0,"Visit "],[0,[3],1,"obe.com"],[0,[],1," to learn more. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[5],1,"AIA does not sponsor or endorse any enterprise, whether \npublic or private, operated for profit. Further, no AIA officer, \ndirector, committee member, or employee, or any of its component \norganizations in his or her official capacity, is permitted to approve, \nsponsor, endorse, or do anything that may be deemed or construed to be \nan approval, sponsorship, or endorsement of any material of construction\n or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in\n any material or product."]]]]}
Thoughtful retrofits balance history with modern amenities and codes. AIA partner Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope shows how HKS did just that in Ohio..
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For the new offices of ProMedica in Toledo, Ohio, architects at HKS transformed a former steam plant originally designed by Daniel Burnham.
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