This five-story, 385,000-square foot building is the world headquarters of Steelcase Inc. The office areas are a working showroom and laboratory for studying how people work in various settings.
Designed for efficiency, the building includes a custom energy-storage system. Selections from the corporate art collection are displayed throughout, and a center atrium and glass elevator provide many opportunities for viewing.
In 1996, 25,000 square feet of the building were transformed into a new kind of team space for Steelcase’s executives. The space, called The Leadership Community, was designed to support greater collaboration, faster decision-making and improved business results.
Instead of private offices, it consists of a variety of settings for various types of work and interaction. For example, an executive can choose to work in one setting for a confidential discussion that is very private, another setting for focused computer work and then another for meeting with a group of colleagues.
The Leadership Community also is LEED-certified.
A 60,000-square-foot-facility, Steelcase University features formal and informal learning spaces, nine high-tech classrooms, various breakout and touchdown spaces, a Discovery Learning Center, a Distance Learning Center, practice installation labs, a café and a dedicated area for staff.
An outdoor courtyard provides natural light and outdoor views to most of the facility and is home to an eye-arresting sculpture by Dale Chihuly.
Steelcase University is located in the Learning & Exploration Center, a state-of-the-art facility reborn from an old, idle factory. Featuring tall steel columns, exposed 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass and clean lines for a modern space, the LEC (Leadership & Exploration Center) showcases the latest Steelcase product in a thriving work and learning environment.
Our WorkLabTM brings our brand to life through messaging, design and thoughtful experiences that reflect everything our company stands for. High performance solutions, born from insights. Hospitality that welcomes and comforts. Conversation that engages and inspires. The WorkLab also marks the introduction of a new series of products designed to create landscapes that help people connect quickly and seamlessly: c:scape™, media:scape,i2i, cobi.
The WorkLab is yet another example of our long-term commitment to human and environmental health: sustainable materials, sustainable stories, housed within a building that is LEED-CI Platinum Certified.
The creation of Steelcase’s new innovation center was driven by the organization’s desire to create a physical destination that would foster the behaviors of an innovation culture and leverage global talent. The 325,000-square-foot space is home to 267 people at the company’s Global Headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., but also serves teams who are distributed around the globe, allowing them to collaborate in real time.
Meyer May House
Designed by America’s most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Meyer May House was commissioned in 1908 by a prominent Grand Rapids, Michgan, clothier. An example of Wright’s now-famous Prairie style of architecture, it was restored to its original concept by Steelcase and opened for visitor tours in 1987. The Meyer May House offers the public a rare opportunity to view a totally designed living environment, a composition of light, planes, and space just as Wright envisioned it in 1908.
Before restoration began, extensive research was conducted to determine the original building design. Interviews were held with relatives, neighbors and friends of the May family, Wright scholars, past building occupants, historians and local residents. Documents about Frank Lloyd Wright were also studied to pinpoint information on the Meyer May project itself and Wright’s Prairie style of architecture.
Contact + Visit
Contact + Visit
450 Madison Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
616-246-4821 (questions and group reservations)
Hours of Operation
Open to the public at the following times:
- Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
- Sundays: 1-5 p.m.
- Last tour starts 1 hr. prior to closing