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Ford Center

The renovation preserved the open floor plan and original design of the 1912 building that once housed Ford Motor Company’s vertical assembly plant and car showroom.

Highlights of the LEED-Gold certified project included: restoring the 100-year-old windows or installing reproduction windows to match the original window design; reconstructing the north fitness area entrance to replicate the historic train pass-through area originally used in the assembly process; 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; building out all office floors with open ceiling heights of nearly 12 feet, a raised floor system and an under-floor conditioned air delivery system; recreating the Fifth Street entrance to simulate the original showroom and connect pedestrians and users to the future light rail transit hub; reconfiguring the lower level of the building – the former train shed area of the building – to include executive parking and a building-common fitness center.