Clayco was the builder on Budco’s 362,000-square-foot world headquarters in Highland Park, Michigan. Clayco and architect Gray Design Group created a dialogue corridor in the center of the facility as a place for employees and clients to meet and mingle. The building’s design features a streetscape environment, complete with streetlights, park benches and simulated manhole covers on the floors. An exposed concrete floor emphasizes the streetscape theme, and a barrel-vaulted skylight extends the entire length of the corridor, providing natural light along “Main Street.”
The project features 117,000 square feet of Class A office space and 245,000 square feet of operations and distribution space, which accommodates approximately 700 of Budco’s employees. The exterior of the two-story facility consists of architectural concrete panels surrounding a steel frame with a color scheme of eggshell white walls accented by gray banding. A combination of silver and black glass wraps the office area, providing high-profile curb appeal. High-impact entries are featured at each end of the site – one for visitors at the interstate exposure and the other for employees, located adjacent to a landscaped patio and employee cafeteria.
Representatives from Budco, Clayco and Gray Design Group were on hand in Detroit when the Budco World Headquarters won the Commercial Building magazine “New Construction 2000 Award” in the design-build category.