Case Study

ProMedica Headquarters Design that Sparks Urbanism, Celebrates History and Improves Community Well-Being

Toledo, Ohio, USA

The Challenge

To make downtown Toledo a healthier community — physically and fiscally.

The Design Solution

ProMedica Headquarters is an adaptive re-use of two buildings: an historic, Daniel Burnham-designed steam plant and a Brutalist junction building, sited adjacent to Promenade Park on Toledo’s Maumee River. The downtown buildings combine to become the headquarters for ProMedica, a not-for-profit health care organization whose mission is to improve community health and well-being. Our design for the new headquarters demonstrates ProMedica’s commitment to Toledo’s community health, connecting the company to its city by celebrating the site’s heritage and history. As the historic steam plant powered the city, a fresh vision for two existing buildings energizes the city’s waterfront with new life. Our design offers employees a modern workplace designed to improve performance and employee well-being.

The Design Impact

Since ProMedica’s announcement to move downtown, more than $500 million of additional investment has come into Toledo from other developers and businesses. The move represents the largest influx of jobs into downtown Toledo in decades.

Project Features

  • Adaptive re-use of two historic buildings
  • Biomimicry
  • Riverfront café
  • Rooftop deck
  • Public art
  • Seasonal farmers market
  • Art and music festivals
  • Two restaurants


  • 2018 AIA Michigan Chapter, People’s Choice Award
  • 2018 American Institute of Steel Construction, IDEAS2 Presidential Award of Excellence for Adaptive Reuse
  • 2018 ENR Midwest, Best Project Award
  • 2017 American Planning Association, Ohio Planning Award

The new ProMedica Headquarters has transformed our workplace culture. Our administrative employees – the employees that support our caregivers – are more efficient and the open office environment has been great for team building.

President and CEO, ProMedica