Ottawa Street Power Station Receives National Designation

Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:02am EDT

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New Accident Fund Headquarters Added to National Register of Historic Places

LANSING, Mich., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ottawa Street Power Station, one
of the region's most distinctive landmarks, was recently listed on the
National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. The plant
is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment by The Christman Company to
become the new national headquarters for Accident Fund Insurance Company of

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"It's wonderful to see this amazing building get the recognition it deserves,"
says Liz Haar, Accident Fund president and CEO. "This inclusion on the
National Register of Historic Places shines a positive light on all of
downtown Lansing and ensures that the rich history of the station will be
preserved and honored as the building takes on a new life." 

The National Register of Historic Places ( is
the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.
Authorized by Congress in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the
National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support
public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's
historic and archeological resources. The Ottawa Street Power Station joins
the Register with such buildings as the Michigan State Capitol and Fisher
Building in Detroit. Achieving this listing was a key component in preserving
and reusing the building. The project is believed to be one of the largest
power plant reclamations in history. 

The Ottawa Street Power Station, located at 217 E. Ottawa St. along the Grand
River, has been one of the downtown skyline's most distinguishing features
since it was built in 1939 by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The power
station was designed in the distinctive Art Deco style, and is significant for
both its grandeur and its role in providing electricity and steam heat to
downtown Lansing from 1939 until the late 1980s. Besides the Michigan Capitol
dome itself, the power station -- with its broad base, stepped arch windows
and metal doors, blocky tower form and graded-hue masonry -- is one of the
capital city's most visually dominating structures.

Construction on Accident Fund's new 7-acre campus is now underway and is
expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2011. In addition to National
Register status, Accident Fund will also pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The
project has been seen as the key to further riverfront and downtown

Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
is one of the nation's leading workers compensation insurers with more than $3
billion in assets. Founded in 1912, Accident Fund is rated "A" (Excellent) by
A.M. Best and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Michigan. Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries
(Accident Fund National, Accident Fund General, United Wisconsin Insurance
Company and CompWest) are licensed in 49 states plus the District of
Columbia*. More information can be found at

*Licensing per state varies by subsidiary.

Founded in 1894, The Christman Company has grown to become one of the
country's leading construction firms, currently ranked as 164 in the
"Engineering News-Record (ENR) 400" list of top contractors nationally, and in
the ENR 100 list of top construction management at-risk firms.  Christman is a
professional construction services firm that, with its affiliate companies
Christman Capital Development Company and Christman Constructors, Inc., offers
construction management, general contracting, design/build, real estate
development, facilities consulting services, and self-perform skilled trades.
More information can be found at

SOURCE  Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

Matthew Haran of The Accident Fund Insurance Company, +1-517-367-1981,; or Angela Bailey of The Christman Company,
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