Findorff recently enjoyed taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Spark. Located just east of the Capitol Square, The Spark is one of many developments helping revitalize the Capitol East District. We are very excited for the project’s owner American Family Insurance and the impact The Spark will have in the Madison community.
Not only does The Spark house part of American Family’s collaborative and innovative staff, but it is also serving as a catalyst. Inside is the highly anticipated StartingBlock, which will serve as a hub for local entrepreneurs. American Family’s DreamBank also moved from its original location on the Capitol Square to The Spark’s first floor.
Construction of The Spark began March 2017 and completed September 2018. This nine-story, 158,000-square-foot facility was developed with innovative technology and sustainable principles. Specifically, The Spark is pursuing LEED® Certification and incorporated various WELL building standards. Such facilities take a holistic approach to health and wellness as they make building occupants a focus of sustainable design. In turn, such facilities can improve employee productivity, engagement, and retention. For example, The Spark will only use half the energy compared to a typical Midwest office facility. Additionally, its building systems utilize a variety of technologies to optimize air and water quality, as well as efficiency. Other sustainable features include:
- Intentional building materials
- Healthy building materials with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Purified air system
- Filtered water
- Direct access to the exterior on nearly every floor
- Indoor bike storage, showers, and locker room for tenants
- Focus on daylighting, even in the stairwells
- Flexible, movable walls
- Raised access flooring in all tenant spaces and electrical/data rooms
- Integrated sun shades that optimize energy and manage internal glare
- Onsite rainwater collection and reuse systems
We are proud to be part of such a revolutionary development that supports our environment and community.The Spark is one of several Findorff projects currently pursuing LEED Certification. It is also the first Findorff project to incorporate WELL building standards.
The project’s architect is Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc.