Epstein served as architect of record, structural engineer, MEP engineer and LEED consultant for Whirlpool's Riverview Campus in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This three phase development includes 250,000 square feet of new offices, conference/dining facilities and 10,000 square feet of retail.
(Phase I of this development was completed in May of 2012 and received LEED-NC Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council. Phase II was completed in 2013 and received LEED-NC Gold certification. Phase III was completed in 2017 and received LEED-NC Gold certification)
This phased five-year development allowed Whirlpool to improve productivity, operations, energy efficiency, and the overall employee experience. These changes also allowed Whirlpool the ability to reduce its operating costs, and provide greater flexibility to adjust to changing business and staffing needs.
Epstein was part of a developer-led Design-Build team that included Pizzuti Development, from Columbus, Ohio; Pepper Construction, also from Columbus; Arquitectonica, the design architect, from Miami and New York; and Interior Architects, the interior designer, from Chicago.
“From the beginning of the process, the entire team engage in an integrative approach that emphasized the development of a holistic design. Throughout the project the Epstein engineering team was a valuable part of the larger Design-Build team, providing reliable and professional services. It was a collaborative environment that aided us in achieving the goals to modernize the work environment and be resource-efficient. The new building consumes 34% less energy per occupant that our other facilities in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Michigan area. This building and the campus represent our passion and dedication to sustainability. The collaboration with the entire Pizzuti team including the Epstein engineering staff enabled us to solidify that commitment.”Donald J. Vitek Director, Global Real Estate Program Management, Whirlpool Corporation