Centerbrook designed the extensive renovations and remodeling of the Toledo, Ohio headquarters for Welltower (formerly Health Care REIT), a national real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange and included in the S&P 500. The project is certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating attainable.

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

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and the U.S. Green Building Council provides the foremost program for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings nationwide. Only six percent of all USGBC’s LEED certified buildings attain the Platinum rating. The project was a collaboration between Centerbrook and Duket Architects of Ohio and received an Honor Award from the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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. Welltower also developed a two-acre solar photovoltaic field to meet 20 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 Welltower’s nearly 240 employees nationwide.

Welltower (NYSE:HCN) 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 spectrum of health care real estate, including senior living communities, medical office buildings, inpatient and outpatient medical centers and life science facilities.

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