Tour: The Ross Group

A tour of The Ross Group’s new headquarters was the featured destination at our January 28, 2016 monthly meeting. Before heading to The Ross Group, chapter attendees met at McNellie’s for lunch and a quick program. After lunch we gathered in the lobby of The Ross Group’s new building (just across the street from McNellie’s) and were treated to an overview of the building by two employees of Selser Schaefer Architects, the firm responsible for overseeing the project. The original home of International Harvester, the building had become a historic property, governed by certain guidelines that had to be met during the remodel. Here’s a blurb from The Ross Group’s marketing team regarding the building: Constructed in 1937, the International Harvester Company Building operated as an auto showroom and service center for decades. Today, it’s a contributing building to the Blue Dome Historic District, and has been renovated for use as Ross Group’s corporate headquarters. Throughout the renovations, the historic, industrial, and commercial character was maintained. The original terrazzo floor, ceramic wall block, wood window and door trim, and bowstring trusses. Every decision in the design and renovation pays homage to the original structure. The original showroom at the front of the building now contains glass-walled conference rooms and a reception area. The transparency of conference rooms preserves the view through the space to the restored back wall of the showroom. The unique color palette throughout the building matches shades from classic International Harvester vehicles from the era. Paint was removed from the brick on the exterior of the building. Deteriorated areas of brick were rebuilt using materials with the same composition, texture, color, and joint profile of the original wall. Even the new exterior signage is hung in a simple pin-mounted style, similar in to the original International Harvester signage. Energy efficient LED lighting has been utilized throughout the space, as well as on the building exterior. The building is cooled and heated via a geothermal system under the 65-space parking area, and has 120 roof-mounted solar panels to offset power consumption. Thanks to IFMA member Tony Lenox, Senior Director, Corporate & Technology Markets for The Ross Group, for making this tour possible. It was fascinating to see how the features of the International Harvester building were incorporated into The Ross Group’s new headquarters.