This towering facade (left) has been renovated, along with the rest of the former BFGoodrich Co. Building 41 in Akron, Ohio, to house Advanced Elastomer Sys tems LP's new headquarters. The 70-year-old facility, which had lain in ruin almos t 10 years, was re dedicated Feb. 23. AES, the build ing's flagship tenant, relocated 200 employees from St. Louis and leased 150,000 square feet of the 540,000-square-foot complex. Ren ovation of the AES Campus, as the site now is known, cost $24 million. The photos above and at right show a seven-story atrium that was formed by cutting through 9-inch concrete floors. AES officials drew parallels be tween the renovation and Akron's transformation from the "Rubber Capital o f the World'' to a leader in polymer innovation.
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP AT AES' NEW AKRON DIGS
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