Geiger is the largest privately held promotional products distributor in the world, and is editor of the widely known Farmers’ Almanac. Harriman developed a Master Plan for their Lewiston properties, which included over 40,000 sq. ft. of vacant space and an inefficient, outdated two-story office wing. Harriman then led company-wide meetings, providing direction for a revamped image of Geiger’s corporate headquarters and an open office concept.
Harriman helped Geiger re-imagine their workplace as a dynamic commercial environment with a variety of work spaces that foster collaboration as well as focused work. A central meandering corridor helps subdivide company departments into “neighborhoods”, and circulation paths funnel toward the café “town square”.
Geiger desired to dramatically improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the building, and to that end Harriman implemented numerous upgrades and the demolition of ineffective structures. Improvements included an upgraded HVAC system with displacement ventilation, LED lighting throughout, an improved building envelope, and copious daylighting. A 233 kW array of solar panels provide 100% of electrical needs for the renovated office area. The project has achieved Tier 2 Maine Advanced Buildings status, and is on pace for LEED Gold.
The building exterior is a streamlined composition of metal panels and colorful entrances, punctuated by a translucent tower with colored LED lights, visible from the Maine Turnpike.