Cascade Township Hall

Cascade Township, a community near Grand Rapids, has experienced continued growth over the past several years. They have invested in facilities including a new public library and meeting center, and it was time to look closely at addressing their administrative office needs. Continuing maintenance and repair costs on their existing Township Hall had reached a point where a replacement facility was the sensible option.

FTCH was retained to work with Township staff to define their specific and future space needs. From this programming effort, a series of different approaches and site options were reviewed and evaluated together with the staff, board, and citizens. A master plan was developed for the Township campus, which included a new Township Hall adjacent to their public library. Unique features of the design include a strong street-front presence with a distinct front door, entry plaza, and linear lobby, which provides a porch-like feel — transparent and accessible to residents. The main community meeting room is situated adjacent to the lobby with restrooms and security doors positioned to allow for evening access and meetings. With a building inspections department that serves several other area communities, a separate lower-level entry allows staff and contractors easy access without needing to pass through the main lobby. Demonstrating the Township’s commitment to sustainable design, the project is being designed to meet a gold level LEED certification.