RJM Construction renovated the Ford Center, a historic office building on the National Park Service registry.
RJM Construction renovated the Ford Center, a historic office building in the North Loop in Minneapolis on the National Park Service registry. As the building was originally constructed by Henry Ford as one of the first automobile assembly plants, the project was of heightened interest to the NPS, who were closely involved in all façade decisions as well as open interior decisions. The renovation preserved the open floor plan and original design of the 1912 building.
Highlights of the LEED-Gold certified project included:
- Restoring the 100-year-old windows or installing reproduction windows to match the original window design
- Adding a new two-story entrance and grand staircase to serve as the building’s primary entrance
- Updating the main level hallway with nearly 20-foot ceilings and exposed columns that display the original building architecture
- Replacing all mechanical and electrical systems, restrooms, and elevators with modern technology
- Recreating the Fifth Street entrance to simulate the original showroom and connect pedestrians and users to the future light rail transit hub