Projects Architecture

DLZ Indianapolis Office

Indianapolis, Indiana

DLZ  redesigned and restored an existing building in downtown Indianapolis for DLZ office relocation space.  The existing 30,900 square foot building is located in the Wholesale Historic District and was originally constructed in 1909 and designed by Robush & Hunter Architects.

Robush & Hunter designed some of the most iconic structures in Indianapolis such as the Murat Center, Old Indianapolis City Hall, Indiana Freemason’s Hall, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Columbia Club, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Madam CJ Walker Building, and the Circle Tower. The building was originally constructed to house the Kothe, Wells, & Bauer Wholesale vegetable canning business and was commonly known as the KO-WE-BA Building.  Most recently, the KO-WE-BA Building housed the Marion County Community Corrections

The KO-WE-BA Building houses the complete DLZ Indianapolis operations consisting of Administration, Public Works, Transportation, Architecture/Building Engineering, Construction Survey, and Marketing. The KO-WE-BA Building underwent a complete renovation and restoration to preserve its beauty and historical importance to downtown Indianapolis and the Wholesale Historic District.

The exterior restoration scope of work  consisted of brick masonry stabilization, window restoration, storefront replacement (ground level), and the addition of historically sensitive canopies.  Canopies are believed to originally exist on the lower level over former loading docks.  Most existing interior elements were demolished to accommodate programmatic requirements.

The existing elevator  remained and certain sections of the existing stairs were demolished and reconstructed to meet current code requirements. One goal of the KO-WE-BA Building renovation was to achieve LEED Silver Certification, which was achieved.  To achieve this certification, systems such as a raised access floor for under floor air distribution, maximizing natural daylighting, low-flow toilets, and materials with high recyclable content and low VOCs were incorporated.