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Wolverine Power Cooperative Moves into New Office Building in Cadillac, MI

Wolverine Power Cooperative Moves into New Office Building in Cadillac, MI

Wolverine Power Cooperative is a bold company, with big goals and a humble history. While r.o.i. Design enjoyed every aspect of our time with the group, what is lasting for us is their commitment to their customers, their hopes for their employees, and their desire to do the right thing.

wolverine-psc_dsc_0045Those values translated into a desire to make their new work place a space where collaboration, communication and innovation would thrive. That meant their new offices and employee culture would be making landmark changes in how they work. Their directive was to allow the space to be as transparent and as inclusive as possible, but also provide an inspiring environment for their business.

wolverine-psc_dsc_0078-hdrRick Skendzel of Architecture Technology in Traverse City, MI, engaged r.o.i. Design to provide interior design services that included interior details, lighting design, light fixture selections, specialty millwork design and finish selections. Our close work with Skendzel, Wolverine’s Dawn Coon, and construction manager, Apex Engineering’s, Steve Steimel, was a dream team. We all were focused on the same goals, compromises were almost effortless.

Highlights of our design contribution include:

  • Bringing a natural rhythm to ceilings in open areas with planes of wood and color, helping to organize a large space without adding walls.
  • Highlighting the sense of innovation with a curved entry wall, LED lighting, textural surfaces and recessed niches to display historical elements.
  • Using a “birds nest” pattern (symbolic of nature) into details at reception, café and board room.
  • Adding dramatic lighting in café and open areas.
  • Creating intimate arrangements of furniture to foster collaboration and interdepartmental socializing.

The history of their cooperative is inspiring and you can learn more about that here.


Wolverine Power Cooperative

Wolverine Power Cooperative

While Michigan has been “rich” with energy for several generations, recently r.o.i. Design has learned more about how communities are powered.

Through the invitation of Richard Skendzel of Architectural Technology in Traverse City, MI we met Wolverine Power Cooperative in Cadillac, MI and were engaged as interior designers for their new 40,000 SF corporate office.  The new facility is being built adjacent to their existing offices on beautiful wooded acreage.

Planning for the housing of this growing team of engineers, planners, project managers and administrators has been the work of Eric Baker, CEO, Dawn Coon, Executive Assistant, and Tim Martin, Manager of Energy Operations.

The facility has been designed to nestle in the landscape, celebrating the Northern Michigan environs. The building sits low in the horizon but the interior spaces feel sky-high.

Some of our favorite features so far are the ceiling clouds, radius walls and specialty lighting. Project completion Winter 2016.

Rendering of Proposed Lobby

Rendering of Proposed Lobby

Floating Bulkhead at Reception

Bulkhead at Reception

Building of Ceiling Cloud in Board room

Building of Ceiling Cloud in Board room