A New Home
on the Grange

“ Prior to adding the new facility, we had to explain our location to visitors. Now we're a landmark in the Brewery District and our campus is seen as a contemporary, environmentally conscious campus that ‘fits’ within this historical business district. ”

Mark Russell Vice President and Chief Insurance Operations Officer, Grange Insurance

Grange, an insurance and financial services provider, decided to enhance their corporate campus to meet the demands of their clients, employees and the surrounding community. A master plan developed by NBBJ provided a framework for future growth and established a vision for the campus as a community cornerstone and a reflection of Grange’s employee-focused culture, community involvement and downtown location.

Located at the southern edge of downtown Columbus, the expanded headquarters transformed Grange’s existing office building development into a vibrant mixed-use environment that provides a welcoming “civic hub” for the city. Situated at the heart of the Brewery District, the campus serves as the transition between the existing urban office/mixed uses to the north and the primarily residential uses to the south.

The project allowed Grange Insurance to consolidate all headquarters activities on a single campus, bringing multiple efficiencies to day-to-day operations. The facility reuse and expansion accommodates staff growth, which was expected to double at full build-out. This growth, coupled with a new 1000-space parking structure with street-level retail/office and the renovation of a historic warehouse for residential units, is an economic catalyst for the area while providing much needed public parking for businesses and residents. In addition to new and renovated flexible office space, this project brings together amenities such as dining and workout and training facilities located next to a new urban plaza, which is also shared with the community. Solar control day-lighting, 10,000-square-feet of accessible green roofs and rain water detention gardens are some of the ways this community-based project weaves itself into the environment.

Expansion Program
Expansion Program
Expansion Program
Expansion Program

Awards and Publications

Awards

AIA Columbus Chapter, Merit Award for Design Excellence
ASLA Ohio Chapter, Honor Award

Publications

World Landscape Architecture, "Grange Insurance Headquarters Landscape," February 2014
The Columbus Dispatch, “New Jewel on S. High,” July 30, 2009