Centerbrook Completes Health Care REIT Office Renovations

Published on December 21st, 2010

Health Care REIT, Inc., a national real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange and included in the S&P 500, recently moved to a newly remodeled headquarters in Toledo, Ohio designed by Centerbrook Architects of Centerbrook, Connecticut.

The renovations of the existing office building provide numerous common space meeting areas, open individual offices, an on-site kitchen and café, numerous conference rooms, tele-presence room, fitness center, auditorium, a reconfigured landscape, solar field, and a water retention pond in the building’s expansive surrounding acres.

“Through the extensive renovation, we created more open space to support our integrated operations,” said George Chapman, president and CEO of Health Care REIT, Inc. Chad Floyd, FAIA, was Centerbrook’s Partner-in-Charge and Andrew Santaniello, AIA, was the project manager. Centerbrook, the design architect on the project, collaborated closely with Duket Architects of Toledo, Ohio.

Existing exterior walls were replaced with two-story glass walls to provide views of the 163-acre campus as well as natural lighting. Two monumental stairways were created to lead from the first to the second floor. Sustainable design features for the building include a solar hot water system on the roof, a waste-water retention pond, a green roof, walking trails and highly efficient heating and cooling systems. Health Care REIT, Inc. also developed a two-acre solar photovoltaic field to meet between 15 to17 percent of its electrical needs.

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 remodeled headquarters is host to approximately 100 of the Health Care REIT’s nearly 240 employees nationwide.

Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) is a real estate investment trust that has been at the forefront of senior living and health care real estate since the company was founded in 1970. Its nearly $8 billion portfolio spans the full spectrum of health care real estate, including senior living communities, medical office buildings, inpatient and outpatient medical centers and life science facilities.