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State-of-the-art flagship municipal building in heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, opened Feb. 12, 2018

September 16th, 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded LEED Silver certification to the Michael B. Coleman Government Center on Thursday, July 25, 2019. 

Columbus, Ohio – The team of Schooley Caldwell and DesignGroup, both of Columbus, Ohio, announces the completion of a $74,000,000, 180,000-square-foot municipal building in Columbus, Ohio. The building, named the Michael B. Coleman Governmental Center, serves as the centerpiece of the city of Columbus’ downtown campus and supports its emphasis on new and innovative approaches to customer service.

Located at 111 North Front Street, the building consolidates four city departments—Development, Public Services, Utilities and Building and Zoning—in one accessible location, allowing streamlined convenience for patrons requiring assistance from multiple departments and operational efficiency for the city.

North of the governmental center, the team—which included DesignGroup, Schooley Caldwell and Messer Construction—also built an eight-story, 700-space parking garage. The new facility will provide parking for city employees, city fleet vehicles associated with departments moving downtown and customers.

“The contemporary nature of the building’s design is sensitive to its surrounding historic architecture. It is defined by the prominent zinc and glass-skinned tower, yet is anchored with three stories of limestone,” said Michael Bongiorno, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, managing director and lead designer at DesignGroup.

“The overall design vision for this project centered around unifying the customer experience while at the same time creating an iconic building for Columbus that leverages best practices in office design and transforms the way employees work,” said Robert D. Loversidge, Jr., FAIA, president and CEO of Schooley Caldwell.

The use of natural light in the interior’s open workspaces and the project’s integration of art fosters a dynamic and creative environment.

The forward-looking design goals for the center and parking facility included functionality, future-flexibility, sustainability, accessibility, maintainability and the incorporation of ongoing operational benefits for the city.

The team is seeking LEED Silver Certification for the Governmental Center.

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About Schooley Caldwell

Schooley Caldwell is an award‐winning, full‐service firm of architects, interior designers and planners. Founded in 1944 as a multi-disciplined partnership, the firm began with a focus on outstanding public‐sector work and has maintained that focus for over 70 years, while also developing a significant portfolio of work for private clients. Schooley Caldwell draws from these seven decades of experience to design unique and innovative new buildings. The firm’s architects also breathe new life into time-honored spaces through preservation, renovation, additions and adaptive use.

Schooley Caldwell’s work for public and private clients encompasses diverse building types and uses, and includes civic/government facilities, academic spaces, student housing, multi-unit residential facilities, cultural and recreation facilities, offices and mixed-use developments.

 About DesignGroup

Founded in 1972, DesignGroup is an AIA Ohio Gold Medal architecture and design firm with offices in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio and in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The practice focuses on civic + cultural, education, library, healthcare and commercial projects. With numerous, award-winning projects located throughout the United States, DesignGroup’s work is unmistakable, with a balance of stunning contemporary architecture, thoughtful renovations and sustainable building practices. Civic responsibility is integral to DesignGroup’s philosophy; beyond bricks and mortar, the firm is deeply involved in community organizations and its design principals are recognized as thought leaders in design. Learn more at