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Consumers Credit Union Headquarters

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Completion: 2017

This headquarters building is the first phase

regional vernacular and protects the structure

the full experience of the forest and a sense

of a new campus for Consumers Credit Union.

from harsh northwest winds. Window boxes

of discovery upon arrival. A series of trails

The design emphasizes flexibility, interactivity

provide daylight and views for meeting rooms

connects users to the natural surroundings.

and connections to nature.

while projecting a dynamic display of light

Annual EUI: 63 kBTU / sf / yr Situated on a heavily forested 22-acre site at

patterning visible to those experiencing the

The flexible master plan can accommodate

building from the freeway.

expansion of up to 300,000 square feet.

The Groves business park, the building forms a bridge across the hills. This preserves the

To take advantage of sunlight during

natural topography and watershed through the

Michigan’s lengthy fall and winter seasons,

valley to a retention pond. To further protect

the interior environment is organized around a

the forested land, the design consolidates the

three-story, south-facing atrium. As the heart

significant parking requirement into a single

of the office, the atrium culminates in a large

structure recessed into the site’s largest hill.

ceremonial stair that serves as an informal auditorium and company gathering space.

The brick, metal, glass and concrete palette

â—„ concept design study model

gives simplicity to the building composition.

The minimalist site design focuses formal

On the southern facade, the glass curtain

landscape spaces under and around the

wall maximizes natural light and views,

building, protecting the plant life from harsh

reinforcing the verticality of the forest. A

weather. Visitors access the building from

brick facade along the north builds on the

a meandering approach road that provides

2016 design annual

90,000 sq. ft. / 8,360 sq. m.

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.

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