Accident Fund Holdings — 2012 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

Accident Fund Holdings

About Accident Fund Holdings

Developer: Christman Capital Development Company
Owner: Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. (Owner-Tenant/Facility User)
Designer: HOK (Architect of Record), Quinn Evans Architects (Preservation Architect), Tower Pinkster (Landscape/Planning Architect), Carl Walker (Parking Deck Architect)
Location: Lansing, Michigan

Why Accident Fund Holdings

The Christman Company, a 118-year-old full-service construction firm, assembled a team to redevelop the site on which stood a dilapidated, out of commission power station and connected to a city parking deck. Discussions with previous client, Accident Fund, led to the discovery that the insurance company wanted to remain in downtown Lansing, Michigan, but would soon outgrow their original location. Christman completed a feasibility study for the historic preservation and repurposing of the power plant, a landmark with an uncertain future, for higher-end office use. Once the structural analysis revealed that the 227,000 s.f. former Ottawa Street Power Station could support the loads associated with a corporate headquarters space, a new floor plate layout was established and a public/private partnership was assembled to create a financially feasible project. The seven-acre site is now home to the original structure, a 105,000 s.f. addition and 1,000-space parking deck. The $182,000,000 project is a true testament to the power of partnership.

Accident Fund Holdings…

Accident Fund Holdings

Northeast view of addition and renovated power station

  • Used a significant public/private partnership was established to make the project feasible.
  • Is the largest known power plant reclamation on record.
  • Used creative means and methods to renovate a massive National Register structure.
  • Fully employed the Integrated Design Process by approaching the design, construction and operation as a continuum.
  • Maintained the same budget throughout the project.

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