Romney Building Renovation
+ Black Architects produced a feasibility study for the adaptive
reuse of the 75 year old Hotel Olds in downtown Lansing for a new state
office building. The important building presented many challenges
including an active and restrictive construction site, low floor to floor
heights (ten feet) and obsolete mechanical, electrical and building service
systems. The successful outcome of the study led to the commission
to renovate the building.
addition to the general cleaning and repairing of the existing masonry,
a one-story limestone “base” and entry plaza were added as well as a dramatic
10-story atrium that begins at the fourth floor. Complete new mechanical
and security systems and six new elevators and shafts were installed within
the existing building frame.
new building configuration and exterior treatment complements the adjacent
state capital complex and preserves a fine building for the city of Lansing.