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  Peckham IndustriesPeckham Industries


Integrated Architecture
4090 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546

General Description

Location: Lansing, Michigan
Date Bid: Dec 2007
Construction Period: Nov 2007 to Mar 2009
Total Square Feet: 188,975 Site: 20.48 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 117,415; second floor, 71,560; total, 188,975 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 18’; total, 32’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/2-B Business,
F-1 Factory/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, precast, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane, green roof over membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU, glass in aluminum frame.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: JDH Engineering - 3000 Ivanrest S.W., #B, Grandville, MI 49418
General Contractor: Pioneer Construction - 550 Kirtland Street S.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Integrated Architecture - 4090 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Landscape Architect: Michael J. Dul & Associates, Inc. - 212 Daines Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

In the middle of the worst economy in decades, in the middle of a state that is suffering a $600 million dollar budgetary shortfall, double digit unemployment and record home foreclosures - there is a bright spot. Actually, it is a bright green spot: Peckham, Inc. Peckham is a unique, Lansing, Michigan non-profit, community rehabilitation organization with a mission of "providing a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons striving for independence and self-sufficiency." Essentially, they offer vocational training to persons with barriers to employment.

Peckham celebrated the grand opening of their manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters on Earth Day 2009. Utilizing universal and sustainable design standards, the new facility balances the triple bottom line of people, profits and planet, supporting all Peckham employees by offering world-class workspace for disabled and able-bodied, no matter if they work on the sewing line, the cafeteria line or on the bottom line in the administrative offices.

Located on the main bus line in an industrial park adjacent to Lansing's Capital City Airport, the project is a 189,000 square foot expansion of an existing 9-year-old 140,000 square foot warehouse, adding 117,560 square feet of manufacturing space and a 70,000 square foot office, training, cafe, and open green space. The resulting facility consolidates Peckham's manufacturing and administrative functions in one location, while literally expressing their commitment to all employees, clients and staff.

The manufacturing addition on the south side of the existing building provides ample daylight through the use of curtain wall windows, sky lights and an interior light well. The light well also acts as a central connection, bridging the gap between white and blue collar workers. It also provides an identifiable icon in the large manufacturing facility.

Following the tenants of universal design the facility is designed to provide a supportive, safe environment. Examples include a covered entrance that protects clients from the elements between the bus and the door, the heated sidewalk, automatic door sensors and zero-step design. Brightly colored walls support way finding and compliment directional signage. All vertical circulation is highlighted in yellow. In the manufacturing area, purple walls indicate the restroom locations.

Peckham's various contracts mandate continuous reconfiguration of production teams and the change-out of machines on the manufacturing floor. A suspended grid system provides electric power and sophisticated pneumatic service that can be easily altered to meet these demands. Technology infrastructure includes automated conference room scheduling, automated low inventory control alerts and hearing-aid supported sound looping systems that narrow-cast directly to the ear.

Sensitive to public opinion and their local donor base, Peckham's vision of their new facility required that it be functionally attractive without "corporate excess". This was achieved by using minimal, sustainable finishes that support the natural beauty of the building materials and soften the visual impact of interior block walls and perimeter concrete walls. Using the basic tenets of color psychology, appropriate colors were chosen to support the work and behavioral characteristics of each space: manufacturing, office, connection, classroom, etc. The resulting environments not only look good, they feel good.


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