CONNECTING TO OUR COMMUNITY
Our mission is to improve your health and well-being. We know good jobs, great places to live and fun things to do go a long way in determining how well you feel. All of those things depend on a strong regional economy.
The location for ProMedica’s headquarters campus was carefully considered. We thought about expanding one of our hospital campuses, or building further out from Toledo’s downtown core. We thought about the impact our move could have on our community. We chose to invest in the heart of Toledo, knowing that a thriving city can be the engine that drives regional growth.
Since our announcement to move downtown, more than $500 million of additional investment has come from other developers and businesses. Serving as a catalyst for economic development is an important part of our role as an anchor institution – an organization committed to the long-term vitality of our community and its people.
MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS; THEY HAVE NO MAGIC TO STIR MEN'S BLOOD.
– Daniel H. Burnham
CONNECTING OUR TEAM
Our new campus brings together teams and departments who had been scattered across the region in more than 20 different locations. Beyond consolidation, our headquarters uses open spaces to foster collaboration. Throughout the campus there are 192 shared collaborative areas for everything from formal meetings to impromptu discussions.
Our campus buildings include the latest ergonomic technology, incorporate environmentally-friendly design, and offer scenic views with abundant natural light. It is a truly exceptional workplace to support and inspire our workers as they drive our mission.
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CONNECTING TO A LEGACY
The Toledo Edison Steam Plant and its signature smokestacks have been a centerpiece of the downtown skyline as well as part of Toledo’s rich history. We look forward to continuing this history and making the Steam Plant, Junction and Edison building our home.
ABOUT THE STEAM PLANT
In 1896, Water Street Station (the Steam Plant’s original name) was one of the dozens of utility companies springing up to meet the demand for Thomas Edison’s newly invented light bulb. Electrical companies also saw profits in trolley car systems, which crisscrossed downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
Capitalist Norman B. Ream enlisted the firm of renowned architect Daniel Burnham to design the Water Street structure. Toledo Traction Company’s modestly elegant power plant opened in 1896. In 1905, the company merged with Toledo Gas, Electricity & Heating Company.
Toledo’s demand for electricity soon outgrew Water Street Station’s capacity, leading to the creation of the Acme Power Station across the river. In 1930, Water Street Station was converted to a steam plant, supplying steam heat to downtown buildings. As advances in heating and air conditioning technology eliminated the need for steam heat, the Steam Plant was retired in 1985 and remained vacant for over 30 years. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
A VITAL SITE FROM THE BEGINNING
Compiled by local historian Tedd Long, the Steam Plant features a history wall in the first-floor corridor facing the Maumee River. It chronicles six distinct eras in the site’s storied history, from its earliest settlements in the 17th century to its rebirth in 2017. (Click the arrow on the right of the photo to take a walk through history!)
RECOGNIZING THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE
Throughout the Steam Plant and Junction, we honor the people who played a major role in the site’s evolution through the years. (Click on an image to read more.)
BLENDING A STORIED PAST WITH AN EXCITING FUTURE
Using photos mounted on interactive pivoting panels, the “flip walls” in the Steam Plant and Junction provide a unique opportunity to blend images of the site’s past and present.
CONNECTING ART AND HEALING
Research has demonstrated that creative expression contributes to better health and well-being. But there is also a healing power to viewing art. Studies indicate that viewing art can help reduce patient and healthcare worker stress, increase patient satisfaction with care and even boost the immune system.
We have decorated the halls throughout our facilities and even commissioned artwork that creates healing environments for our patients and employees. Our new downtown headquarters is no different. We have made a purposeful decision to include art around our campus and in Promenade Park as a way to boost public health. Three unique art installations play a prominent role:
A series of blown, hollow glass spheres resembling bumble bees in flight demonstrate the beauty and harmony of being well connected. Created by artist Danielle Roney, this piece is a focal point inside the Steam Plant atrium, reflecting our individual and collective connections. Natural light filters through 6,000 translucent glass spheres, illuminating themselves at different proximities and paces. The custom blue grey color palette is reminiscent of water droplets, connecting to the site’s steam-generating roots and location on a vital waterway.
Throughout the renovation process, ProMedica respectfully preserved as much of the Steam Plant’s historic architecture and detail as possible, including its iconic smokestacks.
Echo turns reclaimed steel from the original smokestacks (which were replaced with more sturdy replicas) into an interactive work of art in Promenade Park. The piece represents the echo of a sound returned from its destination. It is a reverberating reminder of Toledo’s first energy center and its resounding impact on our community.
Crafted by Toledo natives Kristine Rumman and Dane Turpening, the sculpture features a series of 11 steel rings that form a walking path. It meets the public on the landscape and invites them to walk through the space as if walking through a metamorphosis of Toledo’s past, present and future. As the colors shift from blue to white, the sculpture represents the transformation of coal to steam to electric energy.
Tower of Light
Artist Erwin Redl created the LED lighting installation on the north side of The Depot parking garage. Each individual window can be programmed separately and different colors generate numerous patterns that fade into each other. The changing patterns create a rhythm. It transforms the stairwell tower of the parking garage into a beacon of light that can be seen from within the stairwell as well as outside in Promenade Park.
In the future, the Tower of Light will synchronize its colors and patterns with the lights as part of Toledo’s Nautical Mile from the Anthony Wayne Bridge, Martin Luther King Bridge and Veteran’s Glass City Skyway.