Originally built in 1959, the ASM International Headquarters building in Novelty, Ohio is a masterwork of collaboration between noted designer and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller and local Cleveland modernist architect John Terence Kelly. The three-story 50,000 S.F. office and laboratory facility wraps around the circular base of Fuller’s open aluminum geodesic dome in a series of elegant radial layers. In November 2009, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its renovation qualified for 2.4 million dollars in federal and state historic preservation tax credits. The ASM headquarters was renovated in compliance with the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic buildings, and the project was the first modern historic building in Ohio to be part of the state and federal tax-credit program.
The renovation scope entailed both interior and exterior improvements including new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, ADA-compliant restrooms, updated interiors, restoration of the glass window wall and unique exterior stainless steel sunscreens, and repairs to the concrete structure underlying the extensive green roof areas. Historical project redevelopment and restoration contracting services were provided by the Chesler Group of Cleveland, Ohio.
Renovation work was successfully completed on schedule, and the building was re-occupied by ASM’s staff in August of 2011. The ASM renovation project was selected as Wallpaper Magazine’s International Building Renovation Project of the Year, 2011.