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We Energies Public Service Building Restoration

In May 2020, heavy rains and storms impacted the building’s steam tunnel system, releasing contaminated steam at temperatures as high as 400˚ throughout building. The historic building sustained extensive damage on all four office floors and basement, damaging all the mechanical and electrical systems, interior walls and finishes, furniture, and equipment.

Valuing our past client relationship, knowledge of corporate standards and familiarity with the 115-yearold building, the client reached out to EUA to lead the architectural and MEP scoping coordination efforts. EUA quickly mobilized and provided phased construction documentation in order to meet the owner’s twelve month move in mandate from the initial walk-through. Attention was paid to restoring the historic elements and finishes throughout the space, including artisanal paint, ceiling and floor refinishing and refurbished furniture.

Alongside the restoration, upgrades were made to align the office with corporate brand standards, with a nod toward the historic. The entire facility was updated with new LED lighting and technology and new collaboration zones were incorporated on all floors allowing for flexibility in work styles and for teams from large to small to collaborate. Honoring the legacy and history of the building, branded elements and historical imagery were integrated into the design.

   Fun Fact: In the 2020 storm, the pressure from the reaction of the sewage and the steam blew doors off the basement mechanical room and coated the surfaces of the whole building by the way of the heating and cooling system.