The Future of a Landmark

Michigan State Capitol

Michigan State Capitol

Lansing, Michigan

We have a long history with the Michigan State CapitolCommission to implement projects that maintain, restore, and enhance the historicCapitol. All of our work at this National Historic Landmark seeks to cultivate thebuilding’s Victorian character and fabric while improving its function as aseat of government.

We served as the implementing architect on the Capitol’saward-winning restoration in the 1990s. Since then, we have continued toaddress the building’s ongoing preservation and modernization needs. Our latesteffort is a major underground expansion focused on welcoming and serving theCapitol’s 100,000+ annual visitors.

The Future of a Landmark
A historic photo of Michigan State Capitol.

A Victorian Gem

The present Michigan State Capitol building was dedicated in 1879. It was designed by Detroit architect Elijah E. Myers, who went on to design the state capitols of Texas and Colorado. The Capitol’s interior is one of the country’s finest examples of Victorian decorative arts.

Saving the Capitol

After more than a century of service, critics called for the “obsolete” Capitol to be demolished and replaced. A public outcry spurred a massive modernization effort, during which we completed a comprehensive restoration of the building’s exterior and the interior of the Governor’s Wing.

Into the Future

The Heritage Hall expansion welcomes visitors to the Capitol. Located entirely underground, the new facility expands the Capitol’s footprint by a quarter without compromising its historic integrity. A 600-seat auditorium is surrounded by orientation and gathering spaces.

Inclusive Design

Heritage Hall  will provide a gracious entry experience that welcomes people of all  abilities. Extra-wide ramps and seat walls will help everyone enter and exit  comfortably. All spaces inside the hall are designed to be fully accessible, including both levels of the auditorium.

Daylighting an Underground Space

Heritage  Hall’s large skylights will provide both natural light and views of the  Capitol dome. Using daylight modeling tools and on-site daylight measurements,  we fine-tuned their design to minimize glare and heat gain while creating  authentic connections to the Capitol.

National  Historic Landmarks

Michigan  State Capitol is among the dozens of National Historic Landmarks at which we have completed projects. Administered by the National Park Service, the  National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes and protects significant sites that represent outstanding aspects of American history and culture.

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