Minton-Capehart Federal Building Modernization

Indianapolis, Indiana / United States of America

Through modest intervention and artful detailing, our LEED Gold modernization of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building creates a new first impression that celebrates arrival and imparts a sense of decorum, while incorporating new security. New work is designed to respect existing architecture, yet is distinct and forward-looking.

The original plan included east and west lobbies linked by a narrow passage through the core. The space was cluttered with security, queuing, signage and displays. Compounding clutter, the mixed material palette included travertine, plaster, concrete, bronze, stainless, glass and brick. Our strategy was to simplify. To achieve this we:

  • Segregated public and employee entrances, minimizing manned security.
  • Created a new security screening alcove that eliminates clutter from the Lobby.  Glass partitions direct visitors through the new monumental portal. A glass mural depicting Justice Minton and Senator Capehart serves as a focal point.
  • Simplifed the material palette, eliminating brick, stainless steel and plaster;
  • Emphasized public access points as "portals" by adding lintels with integrated signage;
  • Clad elevator core sidewalls with travertine and visually separated them as distinct elements by inserting bronze reveals at the intersection with the sidewalls;
  • Raised overall lighting level mitigating inside/out glare;
  • Restored and 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%;

Architect of Record

exp US Services


U.S. General Services Administration, Region 5

General Contractor

Messer Construction Co.


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