Kresge Foundation

Troy, Michigan

When architects at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates needed 90,000 square feet of architectural plain and Curly Maple from certified domestic forests, they turned to Dooge Veneers. Green specification was part of a larger commitment to sustainably renovate a 19th-century farmhouse to house the growing foundation. The artful blending of historic and new structure features native landscaping, geothermal heating, living roofs, milk-painted walls, and abundant use of recycled, recyclable, and locally derived materials. Beautiful, innovative, and easy on the planet, the building's design raised so much interest that the non-profit agency drafted a case study to document the process, the challenges, and the short- and long-term environmental value of this award-winning project.

"We promote environmental responsibility through our philanthropic activity. Our new headquarters reflects our dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our own operations."

The Kresge Foundation

Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Millwork: Carley Wood, Nidio, Exhibits Prod., Swartzendruber, River Works, Ravenswoood
Panel layup: SJ Morse, Saunders Wood Specialties
Face manufacturing: Woodland Face Veneer
Doors: Eggers Industries