Osborn Engineering has been contracted to perform the mechanical, electrical and technology design work for the repurposing of Goodyear Headquarters in Akron, Ohio, with KA architecture. The finished development will be called The East End, and will consist of a combination of restaurants, retail and office space. The facility will feature a dramatic four-floor atrium space at the central entrance point. Indoor parking will be available for tenants and guests. Historic tax credit will help finance the project.
The existing facility was initially built in the 1920s as a tire factory and was partially converted to offices to act as Goodyear’s Headquarters in the 1960s. The Headquarters complex consists of more than 1.2 million square feet spread over six floors.
The project requires a complete assessment of the existing infrastructure including a central power plant and distribution systems. The electrical systems have been upgraded over the years but will need extensive modifications for the new intended use. The design of the new HVAC, lighting, power, and technology systems will allow for flexibility and expansion to allow for tenants to be added progressively over time.
In addition, Osborn worked with TDA architecture on Goodyear Hall, which originally opened in 1920 and has been a significant part of Goodyear’s history. The building, located across the street from the existing World Headquarters Complex, was the home to Goodyear’s Board Room, offices and training classrooms. The nearly 370,000 square foot building also housed the World of Rubber Museum, a theater and a gymnasium for use by Goodyear’s employees.
Osborn Engineering is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, technology, and structural engineering services for the repurposing of Goodyear Hall as part of The East End Project. A condition survey was required by all disciplines prior to moving forward with the design. While maintaining key components of the existing facility such as the theater and gymnasium, the remainder of the building is being converted into high end retail, office, and loft-style residential space. Indoor parking will also be incorporated into the structure.
Historic tax credits are being used to help finance the redevelopment of Goodyear Hall. As such, the engineering design must take into account the historic nature of the building while simultaneously providing the tenants and occupants with the comfort and technical capabilities of a state-of-the-art facility.