New green space pays homage to company history
Part of the design for the expansion of Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) headquarters campus in Findlay, Ohio, includes the “Marathon Green,” – a 2,400 square foot outdoor space adjacent to the new MPLX Building, complete with shade trees, landscaping, and tables, chairs and benches for multiple uses.
“Concepts for the development of the Marathon Green were based upon MPC’s desire to create outdoor employee work, informal meeting, and function space, with connectivity to the MPLX building conference meeting spaces,” notes Project Manager Don Malarky. “We wanted to create an organized, landscaped area for improved aesthetics of the campus, requiring low amount of maintenance, and light-filtering shade trees (when grown), to create a park-like setting. When the hotel is complete, the Marathon Green will also serve as an aesthetic backdrop for The Hancock Hotel restaurant.”
The design for the Marathon Green also pays homage to MPC’s culture and history through six etched two-sided steel and glass stanchions, each illuminating a glimpse of MPC, past and present. Softly illuminated at night, the three-ply glass etchings were designed using a collage of images to represent the theme of each stanchion. Additional images and brief text on the steel panels on each side expand on the subject matter, while end-caps on each eight-foot-tall stanchion give a nod to one of MPC’s enduring corporate values.
“This new feature in the green gives additional meaning to this space,” adds Rod Nichols, senior vice president, Human Resources & Administrative Services. “Sitting in the shadow of the historic Donnell building, the six stanchions are a tribute to our very rich history as a company. They are really works of art in and of themselves.”