Minton-Capehart Federal Building Modernization

Indianapolis, Indiana / United States of America

Through modest intervention and artful detailing, the modernization of the Minton-Capehart Building creates a new first impression that celebrates arrival and imparts a sense of decorum. New work respects the existing architecture, yet is distinct and forward-looking.

The original plan included east and west lobbies linked by a narrow passage through the core, and was cluttered with security, signage, displays, etc. Compounding the cluttered appearance, the existing material palette included: travertine, plaster, concrete, bronze, stainless, glass and brick.

Our strategy was to simplify the lobby. To achieve this we: 
• Segregated public/employee entrances, minimizing manned security 
• Created a new security screening alcove, eliminating clutter from the Lobby. Glass partitions direct visitors through the monumental portal toward a glass mural depicting Justice Minton and Senator Capehart 
• Simplifed material palette by eliminating brick, stainless and plaster 
• Articulated public access points as "portals" by adding lintels with integrated signage 
• Articulated elevator cores using bronze reveals at the intersecting side walls 
• Raised lighting level mitigating inside/out glare 
• Restored/illuminated arcade mural, re-animating the entry experience - a critical aspect of the building conception 
• Replaced HVAC/Lighting/Controls/Life-Safety Systems 
• Reduced energy cost 25% 
• Achieved LEED Gold

Architect of record

Thomas Hoepf, FAIA
exp US Services
205 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: 312.616.7379

General contractor

Messer Construction Co.
6830 Hillsdale Court
Indianapolis, IN 46250, USA
Phone: 317.576.9250

Consultant 1

RTM Consultants, Inc.
6640 Parkdale Place, Suite J
Indianapolis, IN 46254
Phone: 317.329.7700

Consultant 2

Martin Radecki
Martin Radecki Fine Arts Conservation LLC
9029 Chestnut Court
Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
Phone: 317.875.8394

Consultant 3

Courtney France
France Sustainable Solutions
6692 South Cherokee Street
Littleton, CO 80120, USA
Phone: 303.325.5945


James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, USA
Phone: 312.735.5333