Office Makeover Wins Honor Award

CENTERBROOK, Conn. – The extensive renovations and remodeling of the national headquarters for an S&P 500 company has received an Honor Award from the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Centerbrook collaborated with Duket Architect Planners on the extensive makeover of a 1970s building in Ohio for Health Care REIT, a leader in senior living and health care real estate with a portfolio of $14.9 billion. The project also was recently certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council, its highest designation. It also received a Gold Award for Interiors from CISCA, a construction industry association.

With the strategic use of window walls and skylights, the design opened the 80,000-square-foot building up to natural light and solar warmth while creating extensive views of the grounds. The interior was reconfigured to establish numerous common spaces and meeting rooms, open individual offices, an on-site kitchen and café, conference rooms, teleconference room, fitness center, auditorium, a reconfigured landscape, a solar photovoltaic array, and a water retention pond.

The project entailed extensive site work, such as the reconfiguration of parking areas that are now hidden from view with new plantings and the renovation of a terrace and green roof. The headquarters now is host to approximately 100 of the firm’s nearly 240 employees nationwide.

Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA, and Project Manager Andrew Santaniello, AIA, led the Centerbrook team.