FRESH AIR AND A FRIENDLY CHESS CHALLENGE are on the
agenda at Quicken Loans’ 1001 Woodward Ave. office. The company
occupies multiple floors in this 23-story Detroit skyscraper and
employs varied themes of art deco, insects, Michigan beers, and
“Garden in the Sky” to create cheerful, visually intriguing spaces.
THE MULTIPURPOSE SPACE AT DPOP!’S
DETROIT HEADQUARTERS features wood flooring sourced from Reclaim Detroit. These boards
were once the living room floors of Detroiters in
the 1920s and 1930s. Dubbed “the Pit,” the space
is easily customizable and can be rearranged as
needed. The benches flanking the perimeter
provide a convenient lounging area.
THE LENTZ PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER FOR METRO
in Nashville, TN, embodies active design from the
moment visitors step onto its campus. A Nashville
B-cycle station (one of 29 throughout the city)
encourages guests and employees alike to cruise
around town on one of the program’s rentable bikes,
and annual B-cycle members can even track miles
traveled, carbon offset, and calories burned.
GRESHAM, SMI TH AND PARTNERS
A MONUMENTAL STAIR IN LENTZ’S
PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER’S MAIN
LOBBY encourages staff and visitors
to walk instead of taking an elevator.
The interactive art installation built
into the staircase activates as people
walk up and down, changing tints and
patterns of light subtly to draw interest and incentivize use. Trent recommends becoming familiar with your
facility’s population before embracing
wellness or recreation projects.
“There’s a balance between implementing some of the latest trends and
the reality of what’s going on in the
building,” Trent explains. “Some workforces have a demographic where it
would be risky to have balance balls as
chairs. Consider the health drawbacks
of engaging in physical activity when
they may not be ready for it. Make
an overall assessment about what’s
appropriate for your workforce.”
THIS INDOOR WALKING LOOP WINDS AROUND THE PERIMETER of the third floor
of the Lentz Public Health Center for Metro weaves through employee workspaces
and the lobby. The team at Gresham, Smith, and Partners emphasized a conservative, welcoming approach that would set an example for healthy living for users of all
“The majority of activities encouraged in the design are oriented toward walking, which is one of the lowest-risk forms of exercise you can do,” says Ann Trent of
Gresham, Smith, and Partners, who served as the project architect for Lentz’s construction. When guests are ready to take the next step, they can sign up to use an
on-site fitness room with workout equipment.
Lentz also features a demonstration kitchen in its Women, Infants and Children’s
clinic for hands-on education in healthy eating. Spaces like this one aren’t just for
healthcare – Iron Mountain, for example, provides a multi-use wellness room on each
floor. This space can be used for nursing mothers, those undergoing rehabilitation or
physical therapy, or for the on-site health coach who provides one-on-one sessions
for staff on a weekly basis.
GRESHAM, SMI TH AND PARTNERS