ProMedica Corporate Headquarters Wins National Steel Design Award

Photo: Rudolph Libbe Group

AISC presented a 2018 IDEAS2 Award on Monday to team members for the ProMedica Corporate Headquarters project. The Toledo, Ohio, project gained recognition for its superb use of adaptive reuse, receiving the IDEAS2 Awards’ Presidential Award of Excellence of Adaptive Reuse—the only project in the competition to win this award.  

The team revived a late 19th century historic Daniel Burnham-designed steam plant and a brutalist bank building using structural steel, which mostly remained exposed. Due to campus’ location on the Maumee River and next to Promenade Park, ProMedica’s Corporate Headquarters is helping in the transformation of the riverfront with its elevated architecture.    

“This project is such a feel-good story, taking familiar existing buildings and giving them new life,” said Charlie Carter, AISC’s president. “It’s a double victory for sustainable design. Not only did the designers reuse what already exists, they adapted it all to serve the new program with structural steel, the most sustainable material you can choose.”


Photo: Tom Harris - TH Photography

The project's team members include:

  • Owner: ProMedica, Toledo, Ohio
  • Structural Engineer: HKS, Inc., Dallas (entering firm)
  • Architect: HKS, Inc., Chicago
  • General Contractor: Rudolph Libbe Inc., Walbridge, Ohio
  • Steel Fabricator and Detailer: Art Iron, Inc., Toledo, Ohio (AISC member/AISC certified)
  • Steel Erector: GEM, Inc., Walbridge, Ohio (AISC member)

For more on all of the 2018 IDEAS2 award winners, see “2018 IDEAS2 Awards” in our May issue.

AISC is accepting entries for the 2019 IDEAS2 competition at The entry deadline is September 28, 2018.