LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2
KZF Design Headquarters
Cincinnati, OH 45202
LEED Gold 2010
The studio environment encourages creativity and staff recruitment and retention.
This 1915, three-story reinforced concrete structure is the award-winning headquarters of KZF Design. The LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR® certified building is a showplace of innovative workplace and sustainable design for this architectural, engineering, interior design and urban planning firm.
Originally the home of the US Shoe Machinery Company, the entire 36,000 SF building has been renovated and adapted into cutting-edge Architectural and Engineering design studios. Bathed in natural light, the voluminous spaces house the firm’s employees in a contemporary, open-office concept. The studio environment encourages creativity and staff recruitment and retention.
The structure is an early example of reinforced concrete construction and was designed to accommodate a future fourth floor. The new design blends the classic terracotta north facade with new accessible entrances on the south facade. KZF Design occupies all three of the floors.
While the original structure of the building remains, the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems as well as thermal envelope of the building are state-of-the-art. A contemporary entrance and circulation elements provide visual clues to the new and exciting spaces contained within the historic shell. At the street-level, a high-visibility retail space helps enliven and animate the entire block. Secured parking is recessed below the street level.
A dormant skylight atop the three-story structure was renovated with the addition of energy-efficient glazing, increasing the available natural daylight to studio spaces. Work also included installation of new technology connections, A/V equipment, telecommunications systems, closed-circuit camera monitoring systems and access controls for 24/7 building security.
This building received a 2011 Honorable Mention Award for Built Work from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Juror Scott Duncan, Design Director for SOM New York, presented the award and stated that the jury commented, "We would all like to work there."