LHB Loose-Wiles Minneapolis Office
Project Type: Commercial Office Tenant Improvement
Client: LHB, Inc.
When LHB was searching the North Loop for new office space, we found the architecture of the historic Loose-Wiles building to be the right fit for our Minneapolis Office. LHB held the same ideals that the Loose brothers and Wiles had 100 years earlier: to find a space that will become a great work environment for our staff, with daylight at the top of our wish list. It is no wonder that we discovered the same building Loose-Wiles purchased for their biscuit factory in 1914.
LHB’s leadership in sustainable design began over 20 years ago. Our new office design provides us with an opportunity to target Platinum, the highest level of LEED CI certification. Along with natural daylighting, our office’s sustainable strategies include: 35% water use reduction; use of high-recycled content, regional, and low-VOC materials; certified wood; and views from all seated spaces.
LHB’s high performance design is evident in the mechanical and electrical systems: 100% LED light fixtures with daylight or occupancy controls; mechanical duct socks to evenly distribute fresh air and increase thermal comfort; and installation of sub-metering equipment to track actual plugload electric use. The project included new workstations with adjustable features and is pursuing a LEED Pilot credit for Ergonomics.
The design intent was to create a playful space with interesting forms and pops of color. Our design respects the historic core and shell of the Loose-Wiles building with our response of a simple materials palette of steel, glass, and wood. Visitors to LHB are invited to see the creative process and production areas through view corridors and the transparency of the conference rooms.