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