The adaptive use of the historic 1930s art deco Ottawa Street Power Station into a national insurance company headquarters enhanced the urban fabric of downtown Michigan’s capitol city.

Quinn Evans Architects collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to repurpose the long-vacant industrial building into a dynamic, state-of-the-art office facility for the Accident Fund Mutual Insurance Company of America. The $80,000,000 project included cutting edge preservation and design technologies and achieved LEED Gold status as a part of an integrated design process.


  • Restored building envelope
  • Provided historic tax credit services
  • Conducted services in association with HOK
  • 227,000 sf renovation and 106,000 sf addition
  • LEED Gold certified


  • 2012 CAM Green Project of the Year
  • 2011 State of Michigan Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
  • 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering, American Institute of Steel Construction

funding through preservation

As the Historic Preservation Architect and Tax Credit Advisor, QEA supported the planning and influenced the design of the 10 story, 227,000 sf existing building; helping to preserve and incorporate historically important components of the building into the project. QEA restored and preserved the building’s unique tapered shell brickwork that is colored like a giant flame, the historic windows and the elaborate art deco brass and metal doors and other art deco interior features. The preservation efforts were all designed to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation, qualifying the project for over $16,000,000 in federal and state historic preservation tax credits.