Herman Miller MarketPlace

Zeeland, MI

Project Overview

Granger Group’s MarketPlace building, a 100,000-square-foot, built-to-suit facility was first occupied by Herman Miller late in 2001, and was home to the company’s marketing, sales, dealer services, and training departments, among others. The two-story building’s open-air design earned kudos from employees and visitors alike.

Project Strategy

Prior to schematic design, it was stipulated that the building would achieve a Silver LEED™ rating. This project ultimately earned Gold LEED™ certification, and an international AIA/COTE Top Ten “Green” Award, while qualifying as the first developer-owned building in the United States to attain a Gold LEED™ Building certification.
The MarketPlace’s wise use of building materials and energy efficiency were key to its winning Gold certification, but its human-comfort features are most immediately evident. Every employee works near a natural light source, whether it’s an exterior window or the courtyard. Green plants, natural stone and flowing water combine to create an organic setting. A cafe supports coffee breaks, informal meetings and independent work. Meeting spaces throughout the building can easily be adapted to accommodate groups large and small. Open stairs and crosswalks encourage impromptu meetings and communication among various business units.

The Granger Group successfully guided the entire project process - from facility concept, to a workable budget plan, to project implementation, and finally to the accelerated delivery of our Class A facility.

Michael Volkema, Chairman & CEO, Herman Miller

Flexibility was built into the MarketPlace floor plan. With mechanical and electrical systems located on the building’s perimeter, and Herman Miller’s Resolve as the primary office furniture system, it could easily be reconfigured to meet Herman Miller’s changing business needs.

The expectation of the MarketPlace was nothing less than the creation of a great place to work. Featured in the U.S. Green Building Council’s educational presentations, the building’s documented operational costs are becoming a national benchmark.