Christman Construction Company. Since 1894.

Mutual Building, LLC

The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters

Lansing, Michigan

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  • National Register
  • Real Estate Development and Program Management
  • Historic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Re-Use, Tax Credit
  • $12,000,000
  • 60,000 s.f.
  • SmithGroup
  • February 2008

LEED: LEED CS (Core and Shell) Platinum , LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) Platinum and LEED EB (Existing Buildings) - the world's first "triple platinum" LEED certified building, LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) Silver (First and Third Floors)

2008 CAM Green Project of the Year Award

2008 XL Insurance Green Contractor Award

2008 AGC Build Michigan Award

2008 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Award

2008 NAIOP/SIOR High Performance / Green Design Excellence Award

2009 AGC Build America Merit Award

2009 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation

2009 Michigan Historic Preservation Network Tax Credit Project Award


The Mutual Building, built in 1928 and located in the shadow of Michigan’s Capitol, is a landmark building in downtown Lansing. Constructed as the headquarters of Michigan Millers Mutual Fire Insurance Company, its rich history and beautiful interior design made it an irresistible site for a milestone preservation project. Due to deferred maintenance from more recent owners, the building had fallen into a state of functional obsolescence and disrepair.

The Christman team of historic preservation, sustainable design and construction, urban revitalization, real estate development and integrated project planning experts breathed new life into the grand old building. Rededicated in February, 2008 as The Christman Building, the building now serves as Christman's national headquarters, providing desirable Class A office tenant space at the same time for the Michigan Municipal League and the lobbying firm of Kelley Cawthorne.

As a shining example of downtown revitalization, historic preservation and sustainable design, the rehabilitation included the preservation of the building’s historic fabric while blending it with cutting edge environment in which “smart” systems for heating, cooling, safety and other high-performance building controls reside. As stated by Michigan Millers upon the construction of the building, “Concretely of the present, it idealizes the past and heralds the future.” Christman is honored to become part of the history of this beautiful building while adding it to the company’s own rich history of landmark construction projects in downtown Lansing.

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The Christman Building:  A Case Study

The Christman Building: LEED EB Case Study

LEED EB News Release

World's First Triple Platinum Leed Certified Building

LEED EB Green Facts

LEED EB Operating and Maintenance Checklist

The Christman Building: What's Green Inside

LEED EB (Existing Buildings) USGBC Final Scorecard

LEED CS (Core and Shell) USGBC Final Scorecard

LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) USGBC Final Scorecard

 

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The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters
The Mutual Building Historic Rehabilitation/Christman National Headquarters