George W. Auch Company Headquarters Revitalizes Former Brownfield Site
Pontiac, Michigan -- Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) designs and completes the newly constructed George W. Auch Company headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan.
As a well-known construction manager and general building contractor, AUCH Construction transformed a formerly contaminated brownfield site, at the prominent intersection of Woodward Avenue and University Drive, into the eastern gateway into Pontiac which serves as a symbol of reinvestment, revitalization and renewal in a recovering region.
"When AUCH started the process of choosing an Architect, we were looking for a firm to partner with, to form a cohesive project team." said Jim Munchiando, George W. Auch Co. Vice President. "It became more than a partnership; HED became part of the AUCH Family. They helped guide us through our vision, ensuring a product that enhanced our productivity, employee and customer experience, and visual connection while maximizing daylight. The power of our collaborative team has created a new headquarters that will chart the course for AUCH and our branding for the next 100 years."
The design of the new headquarters reflects the 109-year-old contracting firm's pride in its history, commitment to investing in its surrounding community and company culture of openness, inclusion and evolution. Within a large, high-ceilinged loft space, an open interior supports visual and operational connections between team members and encourages mentoring, a key pillar of company culture. Easily accommodating AUCH's current 65-person staff with room to grow, the new headquarters also reflects employees' commitment to sustainability, and is on track for LEED Gold certification.
"HED was especially motivated by AUCH's request for a building that would go beyond core function to advance their world and that of the community where they work," says James Meredith, National Workplace Strategy Leader with the HED Detroit office. "This building was designed to support the company's new generation of leaders and the evolving technologies of construction and construction management. It also serves as a cornerstone for the next century of the 100-year-old company, a return to environmental health for a former industrial property, a symbol of commitment to the local community and a catalyst for future development."