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Architectural / Planning Services


NEUMANN/SMITH LOOKS BEYOND THE ORDINARY TO CREATE EXTRAORDINARY ARCHITECTURE ABOUT US Neumann/Smith Architecture is a distinguished design firm noted for its creativity in achieving client goals. That creativity has distinguished our work for over four decades, earning the firm over 200 awards including the prestigious AIA Michigan Architecture Firm Award and numerous features in the international architectural press. We have received commendations for exemplary teamwork including Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards. Our expertise in addressing technical issues and our ability to manage complex projects have been recognized by several Build America and Build Michigan awards from the Associated General Contractors of America. Founded in 1968, Neumann/Smith continues to build on its history of design excellence with a talented group of individuals who share an unwavering commitment to exceptional service and the highest standards of professional practice. The firm specializes in architecture, planning, interior design and historic preservation for corporate and municipal offices, mixed-use developments, multi-unit housing, parking structures, commercial and retail centers, and higher education facilities. Our Detroit Design Studio in the historic Wright-Kay Building, allows us to better serve current and future local clients in the community and play a prominent role in the City’s revitalization.

We provide comprehensive architectural services. Our focus on architecture allows us to excel in our profession. It gives us the freedom to bring together the best engineering and specialty consultants to meet the unique needs of each project. Our architects and interior designers are skilled in master planning, site evaluation, feasibility studies, space planning, architecture, interior design, and project management. Collaboration is a routine part of our practice. We typically hire civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and landscape architects. We often utilize the consulting services of nationally renowned specialists in audio and visual technology, data and communications, lighting, and acoustics. Our long-term working relationships with many of our consultants provides the efficiencies and integrated communication typical of a large A/E practice, plus the creativity and checks and balances of independent firms.

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FOCUS ON: YOUR VISION We recognize that our value to you as a consultant is not achieved by “dictating design,” but rather by shaping your vision with our collective expertise and experience, resulting in the desired image with an assurance of operational performance. Our design process begins by listening. As we focus our efforts on planning and design, we challenge each decision with as many alternatives as possible and present clients with multiple options for consideration, noting the advantages and disadvantages of each. Our goal: • Provide the appropriate space needs efficiently and comfortably • Establish proper space adjacencies to enhance the social landscape • Optimize space flexibility to accommodate future change • Create interior character to portray the appropriate image for the desired community • Optimize views to the outdoors and daylight • Ensure code compliance to create a safe environment • Utilize energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems and investigate life cycle costs associated with different options • Incorporate “green” building design principals where appropriate to minimize negative affects on the environment • Integrate finishes and materials that are timeless, durable, and easily maintained

Smart Design. We bring a unique value-driven mind-set to every project. Extensive experience working with developers, where time is money, makes us different. We’ve learned how to do things smarter to get the most value out of every budget dollar. We were early leaders in fast-track, team-construct, design/build-GMP and mechanical/ electrical design/build approaches and have established new precedents with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), a fundamentally different approach to the design and construction process. We leverage smart technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM) and organize in smart ways to reduce waste, maximize efficiency through all phases of the project and optimize project results. Sustainable Solutions. “Green” strategies are an integral part of every design. We know that even small measures can make a big difference over the lifetime operation of a facility. Over half of our architects and interior designers are LEED Accredited Professionals and our portfolio of work includes two million square feet of LEED rated projects. Technical Capabilities. We are proficient with major Computer Aided Design Systems (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs including the latest versions of Revit, Navisworks, Rhino and AutoCAD, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office Suites for the production of contract documents and schedule tracking. To help our clients visualize their projects, we have in-house expertise in SketchUp, Rhino, Autodesk 3D Max Design, Point Cloud Data and Apple Quicklime VR, tools used to generate three dimensional CAD modeling, photo realistic renderings, animations and interactive simulations of sites, exterior and interior spaces. Many of our clients rely on our sophisticated in-house computer capabilities to support their marketing and fundraising campaigns.


OUR EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE HAS GIVEN US AN INTIMATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN VINTAGE FACILITIES AND PROVEN EXPERTISE IN WHAT CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE FOR SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION Neumann/Smith does a considerable amount of work with renovation and adaptive re-use of historic structures as typified by much of our work for the Bedrock Detroit and the Quicken Loan Family of Companies in downtown Detroit at Detroit’s Chrysler House (formerly the Dime Building), First National Building, One Woodward, and the Wright-Kay Building. Our desire is to celebrate the significant design details of historic buildings while integrating contemporary mechanical and electrical systems to provide modern-day functionality and comfort within the newly preserved historic setting. Our design approach to each project is tempered by our client’s goals and ranges from the creation of energetic office environments in raw, unfinished structures, to detailed restoration of plaster details and exterior masonry flourishes on historically significant structures. —— Lear Corporation, 119 State Street, Innovation and Design Studio (35,000 sf renovation), Capital Park, Detroit, MI —— Jack Entertainment (25,205 sf interior renovation and tenant fit out), Detroit, MI —— Bedrock Detroit, Clark Lofts (adaptive reuse/renovation of a 10-story, 24 units, 36,000 sf building, retail and leasing center), Detroit, MI —— Campbell Ewald Headquarters (121,112 sf design of advertising agency offices in former J.L. Hudson Co. warehouse attached to Ford Field), Detroit, MI —— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Cornice & Slate Building (adaptive reuse of an 1890s Neo-Italianate building), Detroit, MI —— First National Building (800,000 sf adaptive re-use concepts for exterior storefronts, lobby- Fed/State Combined Part 1 & 2 tax credit submittals), Detroit, MI —— Marine City Town Hall (master plan for 10,500 sf Richardsonian Romanesque Town Hall restoration and Phase I implementation including masonry restoration, replacement of historic windows and doors, and reconstruction of historic east porch and main entrances), Marine City, MI

—— Bedrock Detroit, Wright-Kay Building Renovation (renovation of historic 1500 Woodward building and various suites including a design studio for Neumann/Smith), Detroit, MI —— Hillsdale College, Mauck Hall Renovations, Hillsdale, MI —— Grand Circus Tech Academy at the Broderick Tower (14,500 sf renovation of the historic Broderick Tower), Detroit, MI —— East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA), City Hall Artspace (mixed-use arts campus combining live/work space for artists and their families, work studios, co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists, a live/work unit for an artist-in-residency program, and galleries), Dearborn, MI —— Bedrock Detroit, Madison Building Renovation, (50,000 sf transformation of historic building into a digital entrepreneurial hub), Detroit, MI —— Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans Offices (173,500 sf renovation of 11 Floors of the Dime Building for 1,350 employees), Detroit, MI —— Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans Offices (107,000 sf renovation at One Woodward Avenue), Detroit, MI —— DIME Detroit Institute of Music Education (20,000 sf renovation of the historic Bamlet Building), Detroit, MI —— Detroit Chamber of Commerce Office Renovation, 32,000 sf consolidation of Chamber offices in historic One Woodward), Detroit, MI —— Jones Lang LaSalle, Hudson Avenue Offices (adaptive reuse of a warehouse building), Royal Oak, MI —— Motor City Electric Headquarters (47,000 sf consolidation of staff from 2 Locations and adaptive reuse of vacant building), Detroit, MI —— US General Services Administration, Federal Building Alterations and Modernization (240,000 sf), LEED Certified, Chicago, Illinois —— The Henry Ford, Glass Factory Addition and Renovation, Dearborn, MI —— Beringea, LLC, Corporate Offices (6,000 sf adaptive re-use of a historic farmhouse), Farmington Hills, MI

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 122,000 sf 5 floors COMPLETION January 2014 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Project Video Additional Project Photos

Interior partitioning was kept minimal to accentuate the openness and historic feel of the space.

Campbell Ewald

Headquarters Advertising agency Campbell Ewald examined several options for relocating their headquarters before falling in love with the “bones” of the former J.L. Hudson Co. warehouse connected to Ford Field. Neumann/Smith was hired to design their new space for 500+ employees, customizing every aspect to encourage collaboration and idea sharing. The “main floor” of the space sets the stage for the 4 floors above. Centralized bleacherstyle seating and cafe meeting configurations allow for large gatherings and events, while surrounding areas provide places to do business and collaborate. A four-story LED screen with the ability to add customized messaging and imagery provides visual impact. Neumann/Smith designed the screen to fill the height of the atrium and create a “WOW” factor. Bench furniture configurations and minimal fixed rooms were selected to create a more open and collaborative environment. The space features other sustainable solutions including reclaimed barn wood from Michigan, counters made of concrete, and chairs with recycled content and environmentally-friendly fabrics. Interior partitioning was kept minimal to accentuate the openness and historic feel of the space. Original concrete floors were ground and polished. Structural steel members on higher floor levels were sandblasted and painted to reveal their original industrial flavor. Existing bell concrete columns were cleaned and preserved in their existing condition to reflect a more experienced appearance. To control sound and acoustics, several inches of a spray-on “K-13” sound agent was applied to the ceilings. This agent uses shredded, recycled newspapers and supports a more sustainable approach. The office features highly unique finishes. Brass press plates dating back to an age before digital print production adorn the lobby’s ceiling. Each plate features a vintage Lowe Campbell Ewald advertisement from the 1950s to the 1980s and strengthens their personal identity with their new space.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 50,000 sf COMPLETION October 2011 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION M@dison CAM Special Issue 2012

The vision for the renovation of this 1917 structure was to create a hub for high-tech entrepreneurial activity and special events that would be instrumental in the rejuvenation of the City of Detroit.

Bedrock Detroit

Madison Building Bedrock saw the potential to transform the 1917 Madison Building into a hub for high-tech entrepreneurial activity and special events that would be instrumental in the rejuvenation of the City of Detroit. Floors 2-4 offer space for anchor businesses and a “desk-for-a-day” environment for enterprising “techies.” The design combines the existing rawness of clay tile ceilings, exposed brick, steel columns and beams, and concrete floors with instances of playful graphics, urban light sculptures, and modern furniture. Open office space with benching style workstations fosters collaboration. Breakout spaces are provided throughout the floors, separated by low meandering walls with writable surfaces for brainstorming. A variety of conventional and unusual seating, including “bubble” swings, encourages tenants to congregate or collaborate informally. The fifth floor offers state-of-the-art meeting and gathering spaces, including a two-story auditorium. The roof deck provides a unique multi-purpose event space featuring dramatic views. Nearly 10,000 sf, the 5th floor offers meeting and gathering spaces, including a 2-story auditorium that seats 140 people, 2 private conference rooms, lounge seating and tables, and bar facilities. A full catering kitchen supports the various functions. One of the jewels of the project is the unique rooftop terrace that provides stunning views. The space contains two bars, a commercial kitchen with three barbecues, and multiple flat screen televisions. Drink shelves separate the three levels and stainless steel cables ring the terrace to enhance the mostly unobstructed views. The look is modern, with lighting, touches of wood, foliage, and a fire feature to soften the space. Close collaboration utilizing a series of “real time” working sessions were instrumental in completing the project within six months.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION September 2016 SIZE 35,000 sf 6 Stories

The building’s origin, history, structural qualities and industrial-themed décor all come together to help drive conversations around new ideas.

Lear Corporation

Lear Innovation Center Detroit’s 128-year old Hemmeter Building was purchased by Lear Corporation to house a new innovation and design studio that works on software applications and solutions related to vehicle connectivity. This six-story building was designed as a hub for art, creativity, automotive advance concept development, and hands-on learning for Detroit college students, unlike anything the downtown area has ever seen. The historic 119 State Street building is located in Detroit’s Capital Park neighborhood and was viewed as an opportunity for high impact by Lear, as it is located in the heart of the city and close to community partners. The building also houses a non-automotive new business incubator, a think tank, a creative design studio, an art gallery, Lear executive satellite offices, conference and meeting space and a rooftop garden. As a tribute to the history of Detroit, the automotive industry and roots as manufacturers, an industrial design aesthetic was developed that showcases raw, local made products and designs.

LOCATION Dearborn, Michigan SIZE 53 Units 105,000 sf 80,000 sf Residential One, two and three bedroom units COMPLETION 2015

The historic buildings house residential units, tenant storage, a leasing office, cafĂŠ, corridor art galleries, and incubator space.


City Hall Artspace Lofts Looking to use the power of the arts to improve East Dearborn’s economic base, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA) invited Artspace into the community. The City Hall Artspace Lofts complex consists of three buildings: the City Hall Building, the West Annex Building, and the Concourse. The City Hall Building is four stories and 42,564 SF and the West Annex Building is four stories and 38,155 SF. These two historic buildings will house the residential units, tenant storage, a leasing office, cafÊ, corridor art galleries, and incubator space. City Hall and the West Annex are connected by the one-story, 24,756 SF Concourse Building, built in 1980. In 2013 Artspace secured Federal low income housing and historic tax credits to develop the residential portion of the City Hall Artspace Lofts totaling $10.5 million in project funding. The project is seeking philanthropic funding to close the final gap of this $16.5 million effort. Artspace will combine 53 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families, work studios, co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists, a live/ work unit for an artist-in-residency program, and galleries. Amenities include: a historic character with terrazzo floors and wainscot in corridors, high ceilings, large windows, open floor plan, large closets, dishwashers, corridor art galleries, community room and outdoor patio. The renovation project involves two (2) historical buildings that are connected by a 1980s concrete structure. The connector building will include business incubator space, a multi-purpose auditorium, and gallery space.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 20,000 sf COMPLETION September 2014

A high-end music academy where local would-be musicians can learn everything from how to master their instrument to business skills.


Detroit Institute of Music Education Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) is a music college like no other – custom built for serious musicians who desire a long term, professional career in modern music. In honor of Detroit’s musical heritage, the Motown sound, and the city’s forward momentum, the decision to make Detroit the location for a new music school was an easy one for the owners. Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME offers advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance. A renovation of the historic 1896 Bamlet Building in downtown Detroit, the school occupies more than 20,000 square feet of space on four floors of the seven-story, building in Capitol Park at the corner of Griswold Street and Grand River Avenue. The space is now includes classroom and performance space, administration areas, and is equipped with a live stage and sound system. Additionally, the facility is now capable of hosting regular entertainment events.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 14,500 sf COMPLETION September 2013

This working and learning environment includes a floor of desk-for-a-month type space for entrepreneurial start-ups to interact with their peers.

Detroit Venture Partners

Grand Circus at the Broderick Tower Located in the center of Downtown Detroit at Grand Circus Park and Woodward, the 34-story Broderick Tower skyscraper is a significant historic structure providing luxury residences with privileged panoramic views in the heart of Detroit’s burgeoning commercial and entertainment district. A 2012 building renovation was nearly complete with three floors reserved for office use when Neumann/Smith was hired to design a “M@dison-like” suite for a working and learning environment including a floor of desk-for-a-month type space for entrepreneurial start-ups to interact with their peers. Two floors feature flexible learning environments that can expand and contract as needed. The scope of work also includes the rework of lobbies and restrooms on all three floors. The spaces feature the exposed conditions left behind by the demolition and existing context.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 5,000 sf (West Lobby) 1,235 sf (East Lobby) 140 ft (Concourse) COMPLETION October 2013 (Lobbies) February 2014 (Concourse) AWARDS 2014 IES Illumination Award of Merit

The goal with this renovation was to activate the lobby by showcasing its beauty. To do this, the dropped ceiling was removed to expose the ornate, original décor.

Bedrock Detroit

First National Building Renovations As part of a dramatic renovation of the historic First National Building, Neumann/Smith was selected to modernize the landmark building’s main lobbies and a central concourse between the two, which runs through 15,000 sf of new retail space. The design was inspired by the rich architectural heritage of Detroit and the ornate décor of the original ceiling which was exposed and incorporated as an important design element. This helped us respect the existing building even while we used new materials and exposed the space to vibrant and collaborative trends, which are essentially modern. Revitalization of the lobbies included the addition of a barrier-free entrance off of Woodward, a new video display wall, custom-designed LED lighting features, and eye-catching wrap-around LED lighting panels encompassing two elevator lobbies. New marble wall features not only enhance existing marble elements, but act as a backdrop for decorative metal wall panels. On the exterior, four new canopies add decorative elements reminiscent of the building’s original era. Underneath a more ornate design, and more reflective of a “new” Detroit, LED lights with metal screening complement lobby finishes and detail.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION December 2016 SIZE 25,773 sf

BIM made it possible for the team to visualize issues early in the process and address them before they became greater challenges.

JACK Entertainment LLC


Incorporating a modern office space inside a building built in 1868, Neumann/ Smith provided architectural design services for JACK Entertainment’s new headquarters in the Greektown District of downtown Detroit. The project involves the renovation of a four-story, former school into a five-level commercial space, with the main level reserved for future commercial tenants and the upper levels (including a new fifth level mezzanine) renovated into offices. In developing the design and construction drawings, BIM played a critical role in helping to create a well-coordinated and detailed set of documents. Neumann/ Smith and its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and structural engineers each used Revit in order to create their drawings, which was an immense help to the team in many aspects, such as phasing and overall coordination of design. The use of BIM made it possible for the team to visualize issues early in the process and address them before they became even greater challenges as the design progressed. Revit was used in team meetings along with owner meetings to show design progress and to problem solve.

LOCATION Hillsdale, Michigan SIZE 21,968 sf 4 Stories 42 Units 53 Beds I Director Suite COMPLETION December 2016

Mauck Residence’s most notable feature is its extensive lobby, beautifully furnished in the style of the late 1920s when it was built. The nearly 80-year-old building now features more modern amenities, while still maintaining its classic antique feel.

Hillsdale College

Mauck Hall Renovations Neumann/Smith, along with Peter Basso Associates, worked together to update Mauck Hall (originally constructed in 1929 as a men’s residential hall). The timeless exterior of Mauck Hall has held up well and fits nicely into the strong Gothic style of architecture found throughout campus. The interiors were completely transformed to accommodate 42 new living units serving female students on campus. Consistent with other housing updates on campus, Mauck Hall now provides living, social and amenity spaces that meet with today’s student needs. The project included a complete gut with new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, fire alarm, flooring, restroom and showers, paint and casework. The building received all new boilers and mechanical units. Renovations included the Grand Hall and Solarium on the first floor, a renovation of the kitchen on the main level and basement, and a relocation of the laundry suite and fitness area. Interior finishes and common areas were also upgraded throughout to provide better amenities to students. Renovations such as the community laundry and bathrooms and other additions such as the fitness room in the basement help make a more social environment. “Mauck has always been that hidden treasure for the campus,” Associate Dean of Women, Rebekah Dell said. “After all the renovations and additions, now it’s not just this hidden treasure. Now it’s a shining gem on our campus.”

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 14,000 sf renovation 8,000 sf addition COMPLETION December 2014

A historic 1890s building brought into the modern age, the Cornice & Slate Building is a shining and elegant example of preserving Detroit’s history.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Cornice & Slate Building Hannah-Neumann/Smith performed a historic renovation to the Neo-Italianate facade of the Cornice & Slate Building, a structure dating back to the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. The facade is not made of stone, but rather pressed steel. Renovations were on the second and third floors to accommodate 100 Blue Cross Blue Shield employees. The interior features brick original to the building, and wood support beams that were kept intact by reinforcement with steel. The black framed windows mimic the historical aspect of the building. Locally produced in 1897, the soft common brick walls were left exposed in the interior, adding character to the new offices. The team also restored the wood window sashes on the ornate St. Antoine face of the building. The Cornice & Slate project was implemented under Alteration Level Three in the rehabilitation code. The approach encourages the redevelopment of historical, older and existing buildings by exempting these structures from some of the requirements of the current building code, while still preserving important life safety measures and systems. The project team was able to show the Detroit Building Department our code analyses early in the project. The Building Department was in full agreement with our approach, which was helpful in managing the overall construction tasks required on the project.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION Spring 2017 SIZE 1001 Woodward 42,000 sf 3 Floors 1449 Woodward 40,000 sf 7 Floors

Within its unique restoration, the 100-year old historical building blends co-working spaces with private offices, and common areas with conference rooms.

Bedrock Detroit

WeWork Detroit Looking to join the exciting, evolving work environment currently developing in Detroit, the New York City based co-working space company, WeWork, settled on two high profile downtown locations: three floors at 1001 Woodward Avenue and seven floors at 1449 Woodward Avenue. Within its unique restoration, the 100-year old historical building blends co-working spaces with private offices, and common areas with conference rooms, all while offering direct access to the heart of downtown’s renaissance without a costly investment by tenants. Challenges typical to century old buildings arose while restoring these spaces such as curved walls, uneven floors, and outdated structural designs, however, by integrating historical details with modern decor through the use of glass, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors throughout, and pre-finished aluminum storefronts, Neumann/ Smith exceeded the standards in order to create a space that corresponds with WeWork’s various locations around the world.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 19,500 sf 6 Floors COMPLETION 2013

Home to Neumann/Smith’s Detroit Design Studio, the Wright-Kay Building is one of Detroit’s oldest buildings.

Bedrock Detroit

Wright-Kay Building Renovations The scope of work included complete restoration of the Wright-Kay Building, originally the Schwankovsky Temple of Music, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Detroit, which houses Neumann/Smith’s design studio and offices of our minority partnership practice, Hannah-Neumann/Smith, LLC. The project called for all new mechanical, electrical, bathrooms and plumbing, new elevators and windows. The project started out as a full historic preservation project, but mid-way through construction a more relaxed approach to the restrictions on demolition and restoration of gutted floors allowed a more M@dison-like “embrace the raw” approach for the tenants. Neumann/Smith chose to stay with the historic preservation approach on their suite. We developed the construction documentation for the suite and developed space plans for floors 2, 5 and 6 for potential future tenants. The third floor was scanned utilizing 3D laser scan technology and the scans were used to develop the detailed preservation scope of the build-out of the floor. The project included all new base mechanical and electrical systems and suite build-out engineering and documentation. Bathrooms were designed to “Bedrock” standards as was the lobby. Facade restoration was also part of the scope. Retail was developed as a “white box” waiting for a tenant.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 2,000 sf COMPLETION 2015

Neumann/Smith retained as much original architectural detail, and as many finishes, as possible during the course of rehabilitation.

Great Lakes Architectural Products Group

Detroit Offices

The pairing of a modern product line set against the architectural backdrop of historic ceilings, wood floors and dramatic replications of original wood arched windows makes the new home of Great Lakes Architectural Products Group (APG) at 1301 Broadway in Detroit an original and imaginative workplace environment. A regional manufacturers’ representative and consulting firm focused on architectural products and building elements, APG selected the perfect space for their business to flourish. Not wanting the design to detract from the main focal point, the architectural products of the company, finishes were kept neutral. The tin ceiling was painted white, and wood floors were simply refinished to their original hue. A raised floor system was utilized to help the electrical distribution of power to workstations and conference rooms. Our floor plan was able to accommodate APG’s modular wall systems and lend itself to future product lines as they hit the market. Project challenges included maxing out ceiling heights to accommodate glass wall partition systems, yet allowing the mechanical infrastructure to navigate the space. During the course of the project, plans had to continually evolve and respond to the accommodation of major ductwork (rated shaft assemblies) traveling vertically through the space to accommodate venting requirements for a first floor restaurant tenant. The use and placement of transparent elements (APG product line) and careful placement of lighting created a “galley” feel, as seen when you walk through the space, but also perceived from the street level below. The attractive wood replicated wood windows contribute to a view into the depth of the space. From the kitchen area to the open offices and conference areas, Neumann/Smith was able to acclimate prototypical APG design elements (kitchen millwork, casual seating, and glass moveable sliding partitions) into a historic setting with new purpose.

LOCATION Greenfield Village Dearborn, Michigan SIZE 5,000 sf COMPLETION 2005

The interior of the existing building was completely exposed and renovated to create one large open area for the exhibit.

The Henry Ford

Glass Factory Addition and Renovation Greenfield Village’s Glass Factory had become too small and obsolete for this historic treasure’s expanding needs. Neumann/Smith was selected to design an addition, doubling the size, while sustaining the 19th century look of the building. The interior of the existing building was completely exposed and renovated to create one large open area for the exhibit. Only the building’s foundation and brick were left unchanged. The existing brick and wood trusses were repaired and exposed. The building has all new slate roofing, electrical and lighting, HVAC, windows, doors and security features, all which are concealed to help maintain the historic character. Back-of-house areas for storage, shipping and receiving of glass projects are also masked from public view.

LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 9,000 sf (interior) plus exterior facade COMPLETION 2016

The completed exterior renovations include new granite, an LED-lit canopy along Cadillac Square and first-floor façade renovations.

NAI Farbman

Cadillac Tower Renovation A premier location for business in Detroit, the 1927 Cadillac Tower is located in the heart of the revitalized Central Business District. Its tenants are comprised of various office, entertainment, restaurant, and communication professionals. To enhance tenant appeal, Neumann/Smith is providing a new design for the 40-story, 350,000 sf office building’s main lobby and mezzanine level. Exterior renovations include new granite, an LED-lit canopy along Cadillac Square and first-floor façade renovations. Interior renovations include an updated entryway, new lobby directories, new tile flooring and wall finishes, new lighting and HVAC system for the lobby, plus a two-story feature wall.

LOCATION Royal Oak, Michigan SIZE 10,500 sf COMPLETION 2013

Sharing space in an old warehouse building, the client wanted to embrace and tie design details to the existing exposed construction.

Jones Lang LaSalle

Hudson Avenue Offices Neumann/Smith provided design services for a consolidation of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Auburn Hills Office and Detroit Headquarters to a new home in Royal Oak. Sharing space in an old warehouse building, the client wanted to embrace and tie design details to the existing exposed construction. This new central location for the company was a key factor in the design, as the company desired to express a young and trendy feel to the space. To enhance collaboration among staff, there are no private offices and an abundance of hoteling spaces. LED technology is placed throughout, and natural lighting creates a vibrant workplace environment. Added windows and upgraded skylighting enhance the workday experience. An outdoor patio and putting green also create a collaborative and social landscape for employees.

LOCATION Marine City, Michigan SIZE 10,500 sf COMPLETION 2013

This historic City Hall has taken on the appearance originally intended, Grand and Inspiring.

Marine City

Historic Town Hall Restoration Phase I involving exterior restoration completed in 2013 included: masonry restoration (removal of egregious coating of shellac resulting in replacement of 20% of soft common brick and tuck-pointing of structure), replacement of historic windows and doors, and reconstruction of historic east porch and main entrances. Phase II interior restoration will be implemented when funding allows, including reactivation of the second floor Victorian theater space. All repairs have been made with historically correct materials. “I just adore the way the building looks now with those new windows and doors going in,” said Judy White, co-founder of Friends of City Hall. “It looks important again. It looks beautiful, and it’s an honor to the city having it look so nice.”

Neumann/Smith Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse  
Neumann/Smith Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse