Architectural / Planning Services
OFFICE & WORKPLACE DESIGN
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 five 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.
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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DESIGNED TO INSPIRE
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
Personalized Workplace Solutions that Optimize Business Performance. Neumann/Smith’s special expertise in the planning and design of offices encompasses over 20 million square feet of speculative, build-to-suit and privately developed buildings for developers, fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, medical practices, insurance companies, public utilities, financial institutions, automotive manufacturers and government agencies. We design buildings that are visually engaging, operationally efficient, organizationally flexible and financially sound. 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, Lumion, ReCap, Point Cloud Data and Apple QuickTime 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.
OFFICES DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE
DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS THAT ENHANCE EACH COMPANY’S IMAGE AND PRODUCTIVITY Neumann/Smith has provided programming, space planning and design services for millions of square feet of unique environments. We’ve designed open office concepts, individual workstations, energetic collaboration and meeting spaces, and conference/training centers incorporating state-of-theart information and communications technology. We’ve also created special amenities such as flexible dining spaces, and health and fitness centers. Helping a wide variety of clients, Neumann/Smith creates dynamic environments that enhance each company’s image, help recruit and retain the best and brightest talent, and increase productivity. DTE Energy Campus Enhancements (215,000 sf new, 31,500 sf renovation including new pedestrian bridge, lobby, Town Square food service and conference center, interior renovations, and unique outdoor spaces), 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 Michigan State University, 1855 Place, Office and Retail Mixed-use Development, East Lansing, MI Redico Management, One Kennedy Square Office Building (256,000 sf), Detroit, MI Ford Land, Wagner Place Redevelopment (150,000 sf of retail, restaurants and offices), Dearborn, MI GM Renaissance Center Renovations (8,000 square feet of new space, renovation of 110,000 sf existing interior for a display area for GM’s brands) Detroit, MI Midland East End, Office and Mixed-Use Development (230,000 sf), Midland, MI WeWork, 1001 and 1449 Woodward Tenant Improvements (100,000 sf), Detroit, MI MEEMIC Insurance Company Headquarters (119,667 sf ), Auburn Hills, MI Centurion Medical Products Headquarters (73,000 sf), LEED Gold, Named 2010 “Green” Project of the Year by CAM Magazine, Williamston, MI Bedrock Detroit, M@dison Building Renovation, (50,000 sf transformation of historic building into a digital entrepreneurial hub), Detroit, MI General Motors Corporation, Service Parts Operations World Headquarters (340,000 sf), Grand Blanc, MI Consumers Energy Headquarters (320,000 sf), Jackson, MI
Corporate Crossings at Fairlane (230,000 sf), Dearborn, MI
North American Bancard Headquarters (90,000 sf), Troy, MI
Koll Corporate Center (120,000 sf), Auburn Hills, MI
Lear Electronics and Electrical Division “Bridge” Offices (70,000 sf), Dearborn, MI
Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans Offices (173,500 sf), Detroit, MI Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans Offices (107,000 sf renovation at One Woodward Avenue), Detroit, MI Bedrock Detroit, First National Building Renovations, Detroit, MI Zeal Credit Union, Corporate Headquarters Interior Renovation, Livonia, MI U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit Arsenal Administrative Building and Parking Structure (227,000 sf), LEED Gold, Warren, MI Brembo North America, Office Renovation (44,000 sf), Plymouth, MI US General Services Administration, Federal Building Alterations and Modernization (240,000 sf), LEED Certified, Chicago, Illinois Bedrock Detroit, Wright-Kay Building Renovation (renovation of historic 1500 Woodward building and various suites including a new design studio for Neumann/Smith), Detroit, MI DIME Detroit Institute of Music Education (20,000 sf renovation of the historic Bamlet Building), Detroit, MI Grand Circus at the Broderick Tower (14,500 sf of three floors of the historic Broderick Tower), Detroit, MI Google, Traverwood Building Renovation (20,500 sf), Ann Arbor, MI Google, Regional Office Renovation (7,500 sf), Madison, WI Meridian Health Plan 777 Woodward Suite (44,000 sf renovation), Detroit, MI Meridian Health Plan, 1001 Woodward Suite (39,115 sf, 237 spaces including planned growth), Detroit, MI
Huntsman Polyurethanes, R&D Offices and Labs (94,312 sf), Auburn Hills, MI International Automotive Components North America (IACNA) World Headquarters (120,000 sf), Southfield, MI Detroit Chamber of Commerce Office Renovation (32,000 sf), Detroit, MI Motor City Electric Headquarters (47,000 sf), Detroit, MI Multiple Projects at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI Multiple Projects for Comerica, Grandville, Livonia, Huntington, Lansing, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Coopersville, MI Campbell & Company Offices (20,000 sf), Dearborn, MI Jones Lang LaSalle Offices, Royal Oak, MI The Auto Club Group (AAA), Branch Office Renovations, Allen Park, Detroit West, Detroit Northeast, Lansing, Saginaw, Troy, Warren and White Lake, MI and Omaha, NE The Auto Club Group (AAA) Branch Prototypes, Chicago, IL The Auto Club Group (AAA) Corporate Headquarters Restack, Dearborn, MI Sachse Construction Headquarters (5,500 sf), Detroit, MI Oakland County Administration Building (105,000 sf renovation of existing building), Waterford, MI Beringea Corporate Offices (6,000 sf), Farmington Hills, MI Grissim Metz Andriese Associates Offices (4,569 sf), Northville, MI
Urban Science Headquarters (60,000 sf relocation to 4 floors of 400 Renaissance Center), Detroit, MI
Arbor Investments Offices (12,500 sf), Bloomfield Hills, MI
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Renaissance Center Offices (relocation of approximately 3,000 employees from multiple locations throughout SE Michigan to Towers 500 and 600), Detroit, MI
Health Alliance Plan Headquarters (30,000 sf), Detroit, MI
Ramco Gershenson Offices (35,897 sf), Farmington Hills, MI American Center Lobby Renovation (22,000 sf), Southfield, MI
Blue Care Network Offices (Reprogramming of 190,000 sf, 1,000 employees), Southfield, MI
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss Law Offices (60,000 sf on 3 floors), American Center, Southfield, MI
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Headquarters (Reorganization of 305,000 sf of existing space, 1,600 employees), Detroit, MI
Navigating Business Space Offices (40,300 sf), Troy, MI
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Computer Support Building (Reorganization of programs in 13,500 sf), Detroit, MI Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, RendezBlue Collaboration Center (6,500 sf in the Jefferson Building), Detroit, MI Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Lyon Meadows Conference Center (65,100 sf renovation), New Hudson, MI
First Martin Depot Street Office Building (25,000 sf), Ann Arbor, MI
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION October 2009 SIZE 214,949 sf New 31,500 sf Renovation ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DTE Energy CAM Special Issue 2009
Neumann/Smith created a new corporate campus integrating architecture and site design, blurring the line defining interior and exterior space. A grand new entry, vibrant Town Square, and uniquely designed urban green space create a special environment for employees and a new identify for the company.
Corporate Campus Enhancements Visitors are greeted by a dramatic new gateway where water flows from three arches that frame the main driveway into a 26,000 sf reflecting pond. The great sweep of shimmering water meets the translucency of glass at the new front door, a commanding lobby, sixty feet high and 165 feet wide, set under a cantilevered roof that shades the completely transparent, canted front wall. A second floor conference room partially cantilevers into the lobby, offering a great view of the ringed garden and reflecting pool. A new glass-enclosed Town Square connects three vintage buildings in the complex and is the heart of a vibrant food-service and conference center. The 42,000 sf multi-purpose space includes a cafeteria, full-service kitchen, convenience store, coffee bar and meeting rooms. The campus revitalization also included renovation of 31,500 sf of existing interior space, giving the entire facility a fresh and cohesive appearance. Additional amenities include a Java City coffee bar, and a convenience store. Four private dining rooms, with conferencing capabilities, provide a convenient central meeting area to conduct business. A state-of-the-art audio/visual system, including a 36-screen plasma array and theatrical lighting, allows for presentations and events for an audience of up to 1,000 people. A a sloping transparent glass wall opens the space to an 8,000 sf outdoor courtyard with causal seating and a water feature. The new site design features interconnected walking paths through a landscape of intricately mounded earth. The new outdoor environment forms a dynamic linear park, including a sunken amphitheater, that is the multi-use core of the campus. The project began with the creation of a glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge linking an adjacent parking structure to the service building which shifted access for the entire employee base from the front to the back of the complex. The new pathway inspired the creation of a new â€œTown Squareâ€? corporate commons. The campus revitalization also included renovation of 31,500 sf of existing interior space, giving the entire facility a fresh and cohesive appearance.
LOCATION Williamston, Michigan COMPLETION July 2010 SIZE 73,000 sf LEED Gold ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAM Green Project of the Year
2010 Green Project of the Year – CAM Magazine “Many facilities are designed with sustainable goals in mind, but the Centurion Corporate Headquarters Building, Williamston, is literally outstanding in the field.”
Centurion Medical Products
Corporate Headquarters The new office building is designed to accommodate current business offices, as well as new corporate standards for employee workstations and ancillary areas, thereby nurturing progressive and evolving corporate visions for the state-of-the-art facility. There were three main goals for this project: Design the 37 acre site for a 73,000 sf headquarters building with parking for 200 cars that would complement the rural setting and accommodate a future building expansion of 40,000 sf, a soccer field, a picnic area and a fitness trail running around the entire property. Create an iconic image for the building that would reflect the small town values of the company. Achieve LEED Gold certification to raise awareness of environmental issues and be a good corporate neighbor. The iconic image is derived from the surrounding community. Although the building is a 2-story structure composed of bold geometric forms, the design emphasizes horizontal lines. The use of brick on the first level relates to the downtown buildings. Corrugated metal on the second level echoes the grain towers found on rural farms. Exterior sun shades and tall, translucent glass windows maximize exterior views, providing a visual tie to the open rural community, and distribute natural light throughout the space. The interior design takes advantage of the building’s height. Clerestory glass in the main atrium, which runs through the middle of the building, brings natural light into the interior spaces. An under-floor air delivery system allows for cable management for flexible work stations with movable partitions. Decorative lighting, hanging elements, warm inviting colors, open working areas and an iconic display area create an environment that enhances Centurion’s mission.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION June 2006 SIZE 240,000 sf 10 stories
The design team wanted to create a unique identity, to create a building with a personality representing the 21st century, with an image looking forward rather than back.
One Kennedy Square Strikingly visible because of its green-glass façade, this new multi-tenant Class A office building in the center of Detroit’s financial district features a boldly sloped roof line accentuated by a specially lighted 250 foot high white spire. Built on a challenging triangular site above an existing three-level underground parking garage owned by the City of Detroit, our innovative design generated rectangular office spaces with very few free standing columns by cantilevering two sections of the building over the sidewalks. By hanging these portions of the building from above, rather than the more conventional approach of supporting them from below, we were able to create an undulating glass wall along Woodward Avenue that not only provides visual interest, but also provides more efficient floor plates with two more coveted corner offices than a triangular building. The first floor of the building is sheathed completely in transparent glass to connect the “buzz” of the interiors to the downtown bustle outside. The interior white marble walls and white ceiling have been punctuated by a large glass recess that will make the entire glass area glow, itself an art piece within its white environment.
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.
Detroit Incubator Space 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 downtownâ€™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 WeWorkâ€™s various locations around the world.
LOCATION Dearborn, Michigan SIZE Two buildings 150,000 sf COMPLETION Summer 2018
Two blocks of Downtown West Dearborn on Michigan Avenue will transform from a once deteriorated and vacant area to a vibrant place for consumers, residents and employees.
Wagner Place As a sign of commitment to the city and residents, Ford Motor Co. has decided to redevelop unused buildings and land across two blocks on the cityâ€™s West Dearborn District into a viable and vibrant downtown with new office and retail space. Known as Wagner Place, this mixed-use development is located only two miles west of the Ford World Headquarters, and is part of Fordâ€™s 10-year plan to redevelop its outdated properties and provide convenience for future employees who want to live in a walkable, aesthetically pleasing community close to where they work. The project includes two new structures totaling 150,000 square feet with retail/ restaurant uses on the first floor and 600 Ford employees on the upper two floors. Also, the project includes rehabilitating the historic 120 year-old facade of the Wagner Hotel to be preserved and re-purposed as the front of a new three-story mixed-use building. West Village Drive will be designed in a way to allow for festivals and open public gathering spaces. The project includes a 373-space parking deck at the southwest corner of West Village Drive and Monroe Street to support the project and the district. A green space between the parking garage and the new buildings facing Michigan Avenue will be created for public usage and event space.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan SIZE 60,000 sf COMPLETION January 2018
The newly redesigned GM World space displays the most current GM vehicle models, providing a year-round auto show experience for visitors.
GM World at Renaissance Center Global Headquarters Neumann/Smith and EWI provided architectural and exhibit design services for GM World, a new experiential installation in the atrium of its global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Spanning five stories, the space includes 17 large-scale LED surfaces that are fed by an artificial intelligence-driven Interactive Content Engine (ICE) capable of delivering an infinite array of branded content, resulting in unique experiences in the space every day. The 60,000 sf of renovated space showcases GM’s heritage and features: Interior updates to the central atrium area to create a more open and inviting gathering and display space. Curated spaces featuring rotating vehicle displays, mixing heritage models, concepts, current products. Interactive experiences combining physical and digital elements. Rebuilt rotating turntables for showcasing specialty vehicles. Enhanced lighting, sound, and show control systems.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION January 2017 SIZE 26,000 sf
The palette of this classic industrial workplace is inspired by the Gilded “Green Gold” era, a play on Detroit’s first industry of green lumber, and to the original tenant, C.R. Mabley department store.
Headquarters The four-story historic Metropole Building was largely vacant for 47 years. The building has now endured a spectacular renovation into Bedrock’s new headquarters. The space is intended to primarily be an entertainment and event venue, and secondly an office space. The architectural features are derived from details found amongst many buildings of the Historic Financial District. In an effort to embody the mission of the company, the company’s office is the manifestation of a contemporary interior infused with the rich, unique, and celebrated history of Detroit. Historical aspects are found throughout: the rails around the stairway are designed like the windshields of Ford’s classic Model T. The office has a variety of private offices that have room for small meetings, flexible workspaces, and informal spaces for collaboration. The office also has phone booths, and one special booth leads to an exclusive whiskey bar / speakeasy. Other design features include clear doors to stairwells, encouraging users to walk instead of using the elevator; special Detroit murals in the stairwells; and an atrium with a large bleacher-style staircase.
LOCATION East Lansing, Michigan SIZE 450,000 sf 102,000 sf (office building) 880 space, 2-story parking structure 39-acre site COMPLETION Phase 1: Summer 2016 Phase 2: Summer 2017
The new “Gateway” to campus supports MSU’s mission to be Bolder By Design by enhancing the student living-learning experience and advancing the university’s culture of high performance.
Michigan State University
1855 Place Office & Retail Developemt Michigan State University’s new development, across from the Breslin Center, will frame the area and act as a gateway to the campus. With Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) and MSU Athletics administration finding a new, consolidated home at the site, not only will residents be able to easily secure tickets to the next big game, but the benefits of this new collaborative and efficient workspace will be felt across the university. The development includes a 102,000 square foot office building for RHS and various units of Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, event ticketing sales, RHS retail space, a community garden, town homes and plenty of open common green space. It also incorporates 1,200 surface parking spaces and 880 parking structure spaces. Combined with the nearby University Village development and land west of the property, it is 39 acres of development. The development offers a flexible concept, designed to provide a customized experience for both single students and student families in an accessible, walkable, urban setting. New facilities offer a blend of study and community spaces, supporting a new vision for how MSU students live, work and play.
LOCATION Midland, Michigan COMPLETION May 2014 SIZE 226,155 sf 4 Stories LEED SILVER
The project includes an open-air pedestrian pass through on the first floor that allows people to park behind it and walk to Dow Diamond. We didn’t want it to look like an office building.
Gillespie Group and Caddis Development Group
Midland East End
Across from the Dow Diamond Baseball Stadium, downtown Midland’s newest development brings a contemporary feel to the East End District. The 5.5 acre site has been planned to be developed in multiple phases, starting with a mixed-use building at the southern end of the site. The ground level of the building is designed as a flexible floor plan that can include a wide variety of retail shops, cafés, restaurants, private banking offices, an ambulatory medical clinic and a wellness center. A central core leads to three upper levels of flexible office space. The site has been laid out to reduce the scale and impact of surface parking by creating an internal drive system that provides vehicular and pedestrian circulation in a more urban context. The D-O Overlay regulations require that the building massing be placed adjacent to public roads, and not set back from the street. This creates an urban pedestrian experience with diagonal street parking as an extension of downtown. Future mixed-use phases may extend the western edge of the building or include a separate mixed-use building overlooking the river. The north quadrant of the site may include additional mixed uses, or a parking structure.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION July 2012 SIZE 122,000 sf 5 floors FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Project Video Additional Project Photos
Fostering collaboration, while also providing varying levels of privacy was key to the design which brought together 13 unique departments.
Headquarters Advertising agency Lowe 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 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 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 Livonia, Michigan COMPLETION February 2017 SIZE 54,000 sf (office) 50,000 sf (parking garage)
COLLABORATION WITH MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS + BRAND DESIGN SOLUTIONS.
Zeal Credit Union
Headquarters Due to the extensive growth experienced by Zeal Credit Union, the company decided to add an additional 54,000 sf its headquarters in Livonia, Michigan. The exterior received a completely new design with a skin made of a metal panel curtainwall, which uses an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) in order to provide the exterior walls with an insulated, water resistant, finished surface while integrating multiple composite materials. The interior was inclusive of a complete fit-out; all finishes, lighting fixtures and FF+E selections were included in the space planning process. Neumann/Smith worked closely with the Executive Board, Edge Creative Group (a strategic advertising team), a Program Manager and Departmental Heads to design the new corporate headquarters. To gain a complete understanding of the corporate values of the organization and goals for the project, Neumann/Smith conducted interviews with all departmental directors to gain an understanding of the daily tasks required from each department as well as, the vision goals for the future workplace. Neumann/Smith lead tours with the project team to other offices/furniture showrooms that deemed to be the most outstanding examples of comparably programmed buildings opened within the last few years. The team then reviewed and discussed the pros and cons of items seen and discovered at the facility tours, having open discussion on what to and not to incorporate into the project, as well as review of the cost implications of options with the Program Manager and construction manager.
LOCATION Southfield, Michigan COMPLETION October 2016 SIZE 14,000 sf Integrated Parking and Pedestrian Courtyard 110,000 sf
Southfield Town Center Renovations In an effort to attract new tenants and compete with the growing desire to move Downtown, Transwestern decided it was time to renovate the 40 year old Southfield Town Center complex. The overall goal of this project was to provide a sleek and sophistacated environment that differed from the current industrial trend used in many similar renovations. Through the use of large format granite tile, a unique blend of traditional and modern desgin was achieved. Included with the updates made to the 3000 Tower, such as a new parking lot, improvements to the grand entrance and lobby, and the creation of a new, collaborative workplace, were other amenties added to the office complex comprised of a new coffeeshop, cafes, and an outdoor area for eating, lounging and meeting. The 3000 Tower renovations were the first of a three-phase plan to renovate the complex, with updates to the 2000 Tower link and atrium to follow. These projects have helped achieve Transwesternâ€™s ultimate goal to update the complex and rebrand their overall image.
LOCATION Southfield, Michigan COMPLETION Multi-Phased, Ongoing SIZE 5 floors 100,000 sf
This multi-phased renovation expands across 5-floors.
Headquarters Renovation Sun Communities, Inc., a premier provider of manufactured home communities and RV resorts, wanted a new office space that felt like home. This multi-phased renovation expands across 5-floors. 1st Floor Renovation of the building café and café lounge seating area. Complete, new kitchen, new booth and table seating, new flooring and ceiling treatments, and new lighting. 2nd Floor Renovation of call center, kitchen and dining area, mail room, general office cubical seating and new furniture. 3rd Floor The addition of a Starbucks-like service café, high-end café lounge, new kitchen, 7 conference rooms, 27 offices, 64 cubicles, 2 gang bathroom renovations, new IT sever room, 2 general storage rooms, 750 sf rooftop deck patio, and 2-story stair renovation. 4th Floor A new kitchen, high-end lounge with fireplace, company training center, 6 conference rooms, 2 gang bathroom, bathroom renovations, 1 ADA bathroom renovation, 37 offices, 44 cubicles, 2 sound proof phone rooms, 2 story stair renovation, new IT server room, 2 general storage rooms.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION August 2013 SIZE 64,664 sf
This open office design utilizes a unique layout of furniture system partitions to create open work stations near the floors glazed exterior walls to maximize natural day lighting.
Corporate Headquarters Neumann/Smith provided professional services for the interior buildout of several floors of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit for Urban Scienceâ€™s new regional offices. The main floor includes a formal lobby and reception area, private offices for the executive staff, an executive boardroom, a formal lunch room and lounge, a multi-purpose room with flexible seating and built-in audio/visual equipment, conference rooms and a library. Three additional floors feature an open office design utilizing a unique layout of furniture system partitions to create open work stations near the floorsâ€™ glazed exterior walls to maximize natural lighting and provide panoramic views of the riverfront and cityscape. Each floor has several conference rooms for private collaboration among team members and a small kitchenette for informal breaks. The open structure ceiling is finished with an applied cellulose spray which softens the space visually and acoustically. A feature unique to the project and to the Renaissance Center is the three stairs which were designed to internally connect the four office floors and encourage interaction among the staff.
LOCATION Jackson, Michigan COMPLETION June 2003 SIZE 320,000 sf 12 Stories
The towerâ€™s softly curving sides and smooth glass skin allow for ever-changing reflections, while the workplace environment is column free and entirely open for maximum flexibility.
Headquarters The owner and their design architect programmed and designed this 320,000 sf signature tower building as a 13-story high-rise connected to a historic post office in downtown Jackson. When the programmed head count per floor was test-fit by Neumann/Smith as part of a design/build submittal, we determined that a slight increase in the floor plate size would achieve the total square footage for the building in 12 floors while improving operational efficiencies. This reduction in overall building height provided exterior material cost savings that allowed the building frame to be constructed entirely out of concrete rather than steel. This allowed us to fit-out the lower floors sooner, maintain the overall schedule, and reduce the cost of the project by approximately $1 million. The towerâ€™s geometric form and sleek materials create a striking new icon on the Cityâ€™s skyline. The workplace environment is column free and entirely open plan for maximum flexibility. The legal department was the toughest to persuade to move to an open plan, but benchmarking and prototyping convinced them to take a chance. Collaborative areas support teams of senior and lower level attorneys. Conference rooms and video-conferencing rooms allow offices to talk to each other. The library/file area is along the window, allowing everyone who works on the floor to enjoy the views.
LOCATION Tory, Michigan COMPLETION September 2013 SIZE 90,000 sf
Neumann/Smith accepted the ambitious multi-phased renovation with the goal of creating an energetic workspace that would attract and maintain the highest quality talent.
North American Bancard
Corporate Headquarters Our client purchased a 105,000 sf building in a suburban office complex and immediately relocated its 300 employees from all of the firmâ€™s business operations into the newly acquired space. Located in a typical metropolitan suburb where access to any of the local amenities is virtually impossible except by car, the client recognized this as a liability to attracting top talent and made it a priority to create a vibrant space with catered lunches in large kitchens, games, and break areas that would make staying on the premises a preferred option over driving to surrounding venues. All three floors were occupied so a workplan was in place to move employees accordingly during phases of the renovations. Custom fabrication, high-end finishes and original artwork had to mesh together to create a timeless vision that is completely different from anything else. The designers performed a vast amount of research to find new approaches, artists and inspirations for the space. Among the ownerâ€™s interests is a passion for contemporary art and design. The renovation provided the opportunity to create a space that embodies his stylistic sensibilities by employing many of the most contemporary design ideas while also providing spaces to display artwork from his personal collection. Open, collaborative work areas and a dedicated call center are mixed with comfortable social spaces. The updated executive suite utilizes a rich palette of materials with distinctive textures and patterns that together create a contemporary space, yet maintains a dignified presence appropriate for its function. The owner requested many elements of the space be custom made. The ceilings in the workspace areas were carefully designed in 3D featuring white panels in an organic flowing shape. All of the work stations are custom milled.
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 Entertainmentâ€™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.
Neumann/Smith has had an on-going relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) since 1995.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Recommendation Letter written for Neumann/Smith Architecture from: Ray Warner, Director, Facilities and Support Services Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has had the pleasure of an on-going professional relationship with Neumann/Smith Architecture for many years, beginning in 1995 with the design of our Jefferson Avenue Parking Structure. The design challenge was to maximize the density of parking on a prominent but very narrow urban site. Sandwiched between the glass and aluminum office building that it serves and a six-story historic brick neighbor, and directly across the street from the Renaissance Center, the structure needed greater presence than typical parking structures. Neumann/Smith designed a curving front façade that provided an interesting counterpoint to neighboring high-rise office blocks coupled with a vertical shaft of elevators with exposed glass cabs and a sloping metal roof that altogether provides a dynamic and kinetic level of detail not often found in such utilitarian buildings. The project was the recipient of Honor Awards from both AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit. In 1996, Neumann/Smith began the design of our Customer Service Center and Parking Structure at the edge of Detroit’s Bricktown and Greektown communities. They showed great sensitivity in designing the six-story office building and five-level parking structure to complement, but not detract from the prominence of the existing 22-story office tower while fitting into the predominantly brick neighborhood, including the adjacent historic Detroit Cornice & Slate Building with the only remaining Victorian cast iron façade. Their creative solution of building the parking structure over the air rights of an existing public road allowed them create a block-long brick-paved pedestrian plaza with benches, sculpture and groves of trees for the enjoyment of the community, one of a very few spaces of its kind in all of downtown.
Neumann/Smith delivered another impressive design in 2005 for our Parking Structure and Campus Improvements project, which utilizes materials of brick and concrete in a non-standard application. Their design also demonstrated BCBSM’s commitment to being an environmentally responsible member of the community. The new 9-story structure, which consolidates all of the company’s off-site parking onto its downtown campus, is situated on the site of a previous 125-space surface parking lot. The deck footprint is virtually identical to the original surface lot, yet provides parking for 1,808 vehicles. The structure is topped with a vegetated roof and walking track, the first in the City and the second largest continuous “green” roof in Michigan. It was the first parking structure in the country to achieve the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Certification. Neumann/Smith is just as accomplished in the planning and design of interior environments. In 2010, we called upon them to provide strategic programming services for the relocation of approximately 3,000 employees from multiple locations in the suburbs to Towers 500 and 600 in the Renaissance Center, as well as the restacking of the existing Tower Headquarters to align the population by discipline. Neumann/Smith created the RendezBlue Collaboration Center, a “cool” new destination meeting place where BCBSM’s downtown staff can review current technology choices with in-house IT help desk staff, browse BCBSM branded merchandise, experience wellness-related activities like laptop treadmills and exercise software, as well as access healthy food & beverage options. Neumann/Smith’s smart selection of colors and materials and the reuse of existing furniture also transformed our outdated Lyon Meadows Conference Center in New Hudson, Michigan, into a vibrant meeting/ training facility within a very limited budget. Neumann/Smith is currently working on a project at the 1880’s Detroit Cornice & Slate Building, where the second and third floors are being renovated. This entails approximately 14,000 square feet of major remodeling and 8,000 square feet of additions to an adjacent BCBSM facility. The consistent creativity, expertise and integrity of Neumann/Smith has earned our respect and I am very pleased to recommend them.”
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION October 2011 SIZE 50,000 sf ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Project Video M@dison CAM Special Issue 2012
A “think tank” for young and creative minds.
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 Dearborn, Michigan COMPLETION July 1999 Bridge September 1997 Development November 1994 4-Story Office March 1980 3-Story Office SIZE 70,000 sf Bridge 30,000 sf Development 89,000 sf 4-Story Office 250,000 sf 3-Story Office
We have developed literally hundreds of design changes for the location of some 1,900 workers.
Corporate Campus This office and research campus was acquired by Lear through its acquisition of United Technologies. The 70,000 sf, three-story “bridge” building, which was well into construction at the time of the acquisition, completes and unifies three existing buildings designed by Neumann/Smith -- a 250,000 square foot, L-shaped, three-story office building with a one-story R&D component; an 89,000 square foot, four-story office building; and a two-story development center. The bridge building connects to the Product Development Center and spans over the existing entry road to provide a covered connection between the office/R&D building and the smaller four-story office building on multiple floors. Metal panel wall systems, mirror glazing, and a glass block entry are used to integrate the architectural characteristics of the existing buildings and convey the company’s high-tech image. The facility includes a two-story atrium lobby, a pre-function display area, a boardroom, R&D labs and offices. The expanded sloped floor auditorium includes advanced projection audio/visual equipment, a campus-wide control system, and seating for 300. One third of the seats are in an automated telescoping platform which provides additional space for presentations and product display. The state-of-the-art audio/visual system includes a rear projection system utilizing mirror reflections to condense space requirements; the largest glass projection screen available worldwide, the necessary back-of-house electronics and amplification systems to project images up to 260 square feet in area; satellite TV capabilities; international video conferencing capabilities; wireless assistance for the hearing impaired and language translation; and built-in capability for future high definition projection. The master control room adjacent to the auditorium handles audio/visual capabilities throughout the campus and offers pre-production, live, post-production and broadcast capabilities.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION July 2013 SIZE 15,600 sf (per floor)
The patterns also create an important visual interest from the building’s exterior. Looking up from the streets below, you can sense the dynamic activity within.
One Woodard Avenue To rejuvenate and attract new tenants to one of Detroit’s most celebrated office structures, Neumann/Smith placed design focus on patterns and colors to meld and enhance visual appeal. The office modernization and tenant fit-out, completed on 9 floors, creates more flexible floor plates, while many existing elements of the 1962 building became focal points and inspiration for new elements of design. Elevator lobbies introduce each floor’s pattern, texture and design. Fluorescent lighting is shaped to complement the hexagonal architecture of the building’s windows, while varying color patterns of layered felt clad the walls. A first-class special events and training space on the second floor can accommodate 280 people. Visitors are greeted by a molded Corian reception counter shaped to mirror a neighboring wall of rotating panels leading into the grand event area. The open space intentionally presents a clean palette of white with red being the only accent color. Serving as a focal point, the ceiling’s lighting feature snakes through the space and serves as a dominant element of “change,” adaptable to the type of event taking place within. To enhance visual interest, custom designed, CNC-cut Sintra panels are carefully clipped to the historic ceilings throughout the space. The repetitive panel pattern originates from a street map of the City of Detroit. Patterns also create an important visual interest from the building’s exterior. Looking up from the streets below, you can sense the dynamic activity within.
LOCATION Ann Arbor, Michigan COMPLETION May 2005 SIZE 132,000 sf
The design concept began with the idea of creating extremely large floor plates to allow dialogue and interaction.
Michigan Information Technology Center (MITC) The Michigan Information Technology Center (MITC) was envisioned as the regionâ€™s largest internet research hub. Every square foot of the tenant spaces was served by a raised floor, allowing complete flexibility in running data and power to any point. Even coat room lockers at its spacious conference center contained electrical plugs for charging a stowed laptop. The design concept began with the idea of creating extremely large floor plates to allow dialogue and interaction between tenants, resulting in a typical floor plate area of nearly 50,000 sf. The floor plates were left clear of vertical intrusions of core elements by grouping the stairs, elevators around an open atrium. Tenant spaces and the data center were separated off the atrium by varying levels of card access devices while visitors had access to conference and demonstration areas as well as the Michigan Internet Hall of Fame and an internet history museum. Organizing the cores into concise groupings outside the lease space allowed the initial interior layouts for tenants to be unhindered and allowed endless possibilities for change. The core elements are accessed via bridges that overlook the main lobby floor below. It is conceived that portions of the museum or aspects of the demonstration functions could be incorporated with the lobby. Together the lobby and its bridges become the â€œpeople placeâ€? or heart of the building, a place for informal exchange of ideas. The atrium is largely glass enclosed, being sun-filled by day and emitting artificial light by night, becoming a beacon-like symbol of technology in the new millennium.
LOCATION Ann Arbor, Michigan COMPLETION December 2006 SIZE 27,136 sf
The building’s high-tech image and state-of-the-art systems for maximum flexibility and performance are intended to appeal to the University of Michigan and other high tech users.
Depot Street Office Building Few are indifferent to this futuristic office on stilts across from Wheeler Park in Ann Arbor. Its arresting white facade, startling angles, and unexpected curves might have come from the city’s future -- yet the nearby railroad trestle and rusting freight care are definitely from its past. The building site was tricky. The shape was irregular, and it was in the floodplain and floodway, so the building had to be elevated above potential floodwaters. The design treats the prominent stairwells as whimsical elements. The main stair is framed in theatrical geometric forms ... an inverse truncated cone, a horizontal convex curve. The back stair is a trapezoid. The metal facade panels are part of a highly efficient “outsulation” system. On sunny days, horizontal shades add texture with delicate geometric shadows. At night, the building jaunty tilting spire glows with a dramatic blue LED stripe. On its northern face, visible only to Amtrak passengers, large letters blaze, “Welcome to Ann Arbor, Go Blue.”
LOCATION Auburn Hills, Michigan COMPLETION August 2006 SIZE 119,667 sf
Sustainable design measures included prefab exterior wall system, high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems, land bank parking, wetland plantings, and underground parking.
MEEMIC Insurance Company
The headquarters includes 104,000 sf of â€œClass Aâ€? office space on two levels. The faĂ§ade consists of brick, cast stone, composite panels and glass, creating a diverse composition of architectural elements. The new facility provides a buffer between residential properties to the north and hotels to the south. The addition of an underground parking garage for 64 cars minimizes on-site parking, allowing us to preserve much of the existing site vegetation while adding new landscaping. Guests are welcomed to the building in the main lobby by a dramatic two story space with an open monumental stair, wood paneling on the elevator core and custom coffee bar area complete with plasma televisions. The first floor contains offices, conference rooms and a flexible training room for 300 people. The second floor of the building contains additional conference rooms, offices and the executive area which is cantilevered off of the back of the building in a glass enclosure that maximizes views of the surroundings and the lake. A full-service employee exercise facility, complete with locker rooms and showers, is located in the lower level. Neumann/Smith prepared 100% design development documents for competitive pricing from developers for a sale/lease-back approach, allowing the owner to fully understand the cost of the project. After reviewing the developer proposals, the owner decided to own vs. rent and engaged one of the developers to develop the new headquarters in a more traditional general contractor approach with a guaranteed maximum price.
LOCATION Auburn Hills, Michigan COMPLETION December 2015 SIZE 140,000 sf
Auburn Hills Headquarters TI Automotive, a leading global supplier of automotive fluid systems technology, moved its corporate offices to a new building in Auburn Hills. TI Automotive traces its longtime Detroit area roots back to 1922, when it was founded as the Bundy Tubing Company to produce fuel lines for the Ford Model-T. The new 140,000 square-foot features three floors of office space, dining facilities, a fitness center, collaboration areas as well as a spacious lobby to display products, technology, and company history. The move enables TI Automotive to combine more than 300 of its executive, corporate and divisional personnel which had been based in facilities in Auburn Hills and other locations. â€œThe new building features several amenities for the employees and supports an environment of collaboration and teamwork, it also enables us to better utilize our Technical Center just down the road.â€? -- Bill Kozyra, CEO and President