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 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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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, 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.
FLEXIBILITY TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF SPACES
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 rebrand, revitalize and modernize existing facilities, Neumann/Smith creates dynamic environments that enhance each company’s image, help recruit and retain the best and brightest talent, and increase productivity. Microsoft Corporation, Michigan Technology Center (45,000 sf), Detroit, MI American Interiors, New Working Showroom and Green Learning Center (13,000 sf office / 7,500 sf warehouse), Novi, 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 Bedrock Detroit, Madison Building Renovation, (50,000 sf transformation of historic building into a digital entrepreneurial hub), Detroit, 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 WeWork, 1001 and 1449 Woodward Tenant Improvements (100,000 sf), Detroit, MI Bedrock Detroit, RocketLoans (6,000 sf), Detroit, MI ZF TRW Technical Center (171,000 sf), Farmington Hills, MI Transwestern, Southfield Town Center Renovations, Southfield, MI Jones Day, Detroit Headquarters (19,000 sf), Detroit, MI Meridian Health Plan, One Campus Martius (242,700 sf Interior office fit-out including 3 office floors and an executive suite floor), Detroit, MI Blue Care Network (215,000 sf space planning and interior renovations of three buildings), Southfield, MI Bedrock Detroit, Headquarters at 620/630 Woodward Avenue (26,500 sf interior fit-out and exterior façade renovation), Detroit, MI Jack Entertainment (25,205 sf interior renovation and tenant fit out), Detroit, MI Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans Media House at 1265 Griswold (6,000 sf), Detroit, MI
Lear Corporation, 119 State Street, Innovation and Design Studio (35,000 sf renovation), Capital Park, Detroit, MI Zeal Credit Union, Corporate Headquarters Interior Renovation, Livonia, MI Skillman Foundation, Talon Center Building Renovations (16,000 sf), Detroit, MI Sun Communities, Headquarters Renovations (5 floors, 100,000 sf, 5,000 sf cafeteria renovation), Southfield, MI Great Lakes Architectural Product Group (3,600 sf interior renovations and tenant fit out), Detroit, MI Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, Grand Park Centre Building Renovations (3,000 sf), 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 Bedrock Detroit, First National Building Renovations, Detroit, MI 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 TI Automotive Headquarters (140,000 sf), Auburn Hills, 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 renovation of three floors of the historic Broderick Tower), Detroit, MI Google, Traverwood Building Renovation (20,500 sf renovation of third floor to accommodate 200-250 personnel in open office spacing), 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 Urban Science Headquarters (60,000 sf relocation to 4 floors of 400 Renaissance Center), Detroit, MI Kaufman Financial Group, Headquarters Renovations, Farmington Hills, MI Fontinalis Partners, Detroit Headquarters (Renovation of the 16th Floor of One Woodward Avenue), Detroit, MI The Professional Group (Renovation of the 21st Floor of the Chrysler House), Detroit, 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
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Headquarters (Reorganization of 305,000 sf of existing space, 1,600 employees), Detroit, 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 North American Bancard Headquarters (90,000 sf), Troy, MI Detroit Chamber of Commerce Office Renovation 32,000 sf consolidation of Chamber offices in historic One Woodward Avenue Building), Detroit, MI Motor City Electric Headquarters (47,000 sf), Detroit, MI 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 Centurion Medical Products Headquarters, Williamston, MI Multiple Projects at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI Multiple Projects for Comerica, Grandville, Livonia, Huntington,
Lansing, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Coopersville, MI Jones Lang LaSalle Offices, Royal Oak, MI The Auto Club Group (AAA) Corporate Headquarters Restack, Dearborn, 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 Brembo North America, Office Renovation (44,000 sf), Plymouth, MI Sachse Construction Headquarters (5,500 sf), Detroit, MI International Automotive Components North America (IACNA) World Headquarters (120,000 sf), Southfield, MI Oakland County Administration Building (105,000 sf renovation of existing building), Waterford, MI Beringea Corporate Offices (6,000 sf), Farmington Hills, MI Arbor Investments Offices (12,500 sf), Bloomfield Hills, MI US General Services Administration, Federal Building Alterations and Modernization (240,000 sf), LEED Certified, Chicago, Illinois MEEMIC Insurance Company Headquarters (119,667 sf ), Auburn Hills, MI
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION May 2018 SIZE 45,000 sf
Designing a space that promotes brand identity while introducing a new corporate culture was the main goal for this project.
Michigan Technology Center After a 30-year residency in Southfield, Microsoft decided to join downtown Detroit’s growing tech hub and move its regional technology and training center to the heart of the central business district, the fifth floor of One Campus Martius. The Technology Center contains three main programmatic components. The customer area is comprised of conference rooms of varying sizes and multipurpose rooms for hosting a range of events. The technology area features a maker’s space for developing products, an envisioning center for demonstrating products, an augmented/virtual reality room, an interactive center for engaging with products, and a training room for group sessions. The employee area includes a tech support counter, conference rooms, and employee work points available to both stationary and mobile staff members. The workplace is anchored by three informal gathering areas – the reception lobby, designed as a living room, and two serveries designed as combination kitchens/dining rooms. The exposed ceilings, wood-look flooring, wood wall panels, and metallic accents are industrial yet warm, invoking a hand-crafted feel. These areas give the space a “resimmercial” aesthetic through furniture typically found in residential design, such as oversized islands, communal bench seating, and area rugs. The lighting from simple, architectural fixtures set a calming mood. The client wanted the design to be representative, not only of their corporate brand, but of regional culture as well. Nods to the State of Michigan and City of Detroit include automotive themed and historic photo murals, custom window films depicting the topography of the Great Lakes and icons of Detroit pop culture, and a large reception clock by a well-known local manufacturer. The design includes millwork niches and shelves to display the works of local artists, and a custom 3D wall mural commissioned for this specific site that is visible from the full height building atrium.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION January 2014 SIZE 122,000 sf 5 floors 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 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 October 2011 SIZE 50,000 sf ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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 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 Novi, Michigan COMPLETION April 2018 SIZE 13,000 sf Office 7,500 sf Warehouse
Creating a blended office, showroom, and warehouse that features workplace design and strategy through private offices, open plans, and collaborative vignettes was the goal of this project.
Working Showroom and Green Learning Center American Interiors desired a modern space more in-line with their vision for the future. A hybrid concept of office space and showroom was designed by Neumann/ Smith that promoted the company’s branding while creating a living gallery for potential clients to see functionality and choose the right products for their needs. The exterior of the new building features a striking metal roof with a monolithic pitch, fiber cement wood-look panels, large scale windows that allow for maximum natural light into the space, and an exterior patio for gatherings and break areas. An important design feature of the building was the seamless transition between the office/showroom space and the attached warehouse. The interior features exposed ceilings, ducts, and columns blended with high-end finishes to create a beautiful exposed industrial look. Along the main open-office area, the space includes private offices, conference/training rooms, open huddle spaces, two kitchens, an interior library, a “living room”, a virtual reality center, and flexible vignettes throughout to show how products can work in various markets. Large scale murals/graphics are displayed on the dividing wall between the office/ showroom and warehouse, while a 1,500 sf mezzanine with laser cut metal guard rails acts as a recreation area for employees.
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 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 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 Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION September 2012 SIZE 165,000 sf on 11 floors 110-120 people per floor
Creative design concepts incorporated into the space include writable wall coverings and columns which inspire spur-of-the-moment employee brainstorming and collaboration.
Quicken Loans Offices Neumann/Smith helped Quicken Loans transform 11 floors of the Chrysler House (formerly known as the historic Dime Building, one of Detroitâ€™s oldest skyscrapers) into vibrant corporate office space. The project, seen as an opportunity for Quicken to recruit young, talented people, included the fit-out of conference rooms, offices, two training centers (approximately 5,000 sf), and collaboration spaces with open concepts throughout. The space also houses the organizationâ€™s design team which conducts focus groups to help the organization determine the most efficient office configurations and designs for their own employee success and workplace enjoyment. Creative design concepts incorporated into the space include writable wall coverings and columns which inspire spur-of-the-moment employee brainstorming and collaboration, bright and inspiring colors, sliding marker boards that double as window treatments, and lounge and kitchen spaces that offer multiple configurations for a variety of gatherings.
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 Renovation 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 Farmington Hills, Michigan COMPLETION Fall 2016 SIZE 171,000 sf
A functional, collaborative workspace, able to meet the accommodations of many unique disciplines.
Farmington Hills Technical Center When Livonia-based ZF TRW decided to move its global electronics headquarters to the Arboretum Office Park in Farmington Hills, Neumann/Smith was eager to help in the process. The new 171,000 sf location was selected to house office spaces and laboratories for 600+ engineers, technicians and office staff, providing N/S with the challenge of creating a functional, collaborative workspace, able to meet the accommodations of many unique disciplines. One of the projectâ€™s goals was to help attract young engineers entering the workforce to the new facility with amenities such as updated labs and office spaces, a fitness center, dining areas, interactive conference rooms, and unique collaborative work spaces that can be found scattered throughout each floor. The exterior renovation was completed through the use of Cambridge Architectural Mesh, Dryvit Ameristone, Dryvit Reflectit, and Longboard aluminum siding, while the interior was finished with polished concrete flooring with stainless steel inlays, interface carpet, whiteboard paint, and wood veneer and stainless steel paneling.
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.
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 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 Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION September 2013 SIZE 14,500 sf
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 “Madison-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 COMPLETION October 2013 (Lobbies) February 2014 (Concourse) SIZE 5,000 sf (West Lobby) 1,235 sf (East Lobby) 140 ft (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.
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 October 2015 SIZE 19,000 sf
Attorney suites include adjustable height/sit-to-stand desks and extensive use of clerestories and glass partitions to bring daylight into interior spaces.
Detroit Headquarters In a move to grow itâ€™s Detroit office, law firm Jones Day chose to centrally locate, and renovate the 21st floor of 150 West Jefferson. Wanting an office with â€œDetroit character,â€? and the ability to host large gatherings and receptions within the suite, Neumann/Smith helped the firm with an interior renovation that made it possible to move 25 attorneys, plus support staff, into a space with generous conference facilities downtown Detroit. Planning and design work included updating the elevator lobby with automotive paint and stone feature walls, creating an expansive reception area with hardwood flooring and a custom reception desk with an automotive esthetic and custom cast glass decorative panel. The main conference room with a skyline view is surrounded by an acoustical, operable glass partition and includes modular fold-and-roll conference tables for flexibility. Attorney suites include adjustable height/sit-to-stand desks and extensive use of clerestories and glass partitions to bring daylight into interior spaces. A large break room with exposed ceiling construction, movable kitchen island, and banquette seating adds opportunities for collaboration to the space.
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 Farmington Hills, Michigan COMPLETION January 2015 SIZE 15,197 sf
REINVENTING A CULTURE: Adopting new workplace strategies to attract talent, and adapt to a changing corporate culture.
Kaufman Financial Group
Headquarters Renovations As part of a three-year, phased renovation project, Neumann/Smith provided interior design services for Kaufmanâ€™s Farmington Hills headquarters. Renovations include a new reception area, a second floor kitchen space, an executive conference room, workstations, breakout spaces, IT area, a custom staircase, and a large cafe/ gathering space for employees. Previously, Kaufman had no formal gathering space for their employees to break away from their desks. In an effort to reinvent the corporate culture of this financial firm, they adopted a new workplace environment, creating a collaborative multifunctional space. Their office features custom millwork and a beautiful artwork collection. A stand out feature is the executive conference room with a custom dimmable LED light strips running the entire length of the room.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION June 2014 SIZE 6,800 sf
Decorative lighting, warm wood, high-end finishes, and unique furniture complement the existing features of the space.
Detroit Headquarters A company that focuses globally on next-generation mobility, Fontinalis Partners chose to establish itself downtown Detroit on the 16th floor of the landmark One Woodward Avenue. Modifications and updates were designed for the 6,800 sf suite to give the space a more contemporary look and feel. Design services included the reconfiguration of offices, and additional conference room and collaboration areas. Materials selected complement the spaces existing features, such as polished stainless steel, and are introduced in new ways throughout the floor. A new custom designed, linear table adorns the main reception and lobby space and serves multiple functions for daily business and events.
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION April 2017 SIZE 16,000 sf
Through the use of Auto CAD, designing a functional yet visually stimulating space that promotes the Skillman Foundation brand was the main goal for this project.
The Skillman Foundation
Detroit Headquarters Founded in 1960, the Skillman Foundation acts as a voice for Detroit’s children and works to ensure they are prepared for and connected to excellent educational and economic opportunities. Located within the Rivertown-Warehouse District along the Detroit Riverwalk and originally built in 1926, the historical building offers incredible views while providing access to some of the city’s most treasured monuments, enticing Skillman to stay and renovate their space rather than move to a new location. Upgrades to the space include reconfiguring the suite entrance, leveling of slopping floors and installation of new carpet, hallway renovations that maximize the amount of natural light within the space through the use of angled glass, technology and interior design updates in the Grantee Room, two kitchen remodels, toilet room modernization, additional storage and wellness rooms, a new brick paver patio space for social gatherings, and ADA compliant upgrades throughout. The team’s objective to reuse as many of the original materials as possible is best displayed in the lobby signage. The original lettering is surrounded by a colorful block mural created by children of the foundation. The suite’s existing doors were also recycled and upgraded by the addition of glass insets.
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 January 2015 SIZE 15,197 sf
REINFORCING A BRAND: Telling a story of a company in the design of a space gets clients talking and builds a culture within.
The Professional Group
Detroit Headquarters Reinforcing brand alignment creates an environment that gets your clients talking, builds a culture and connection with employees, and differentiates your company. The Professional Group is a great example of how we used their brand and identity to create a space that tells a story. The cafe space highlights their client services with a feature table. The use of wall graphics reinforce their message, and gives a sense of who they are as a company. Located in the historic Dime Building (now the Chrysler House), the tenant fit-out included an open office environment, enclosed environments for sensitive areas such as finance and human resources, an executive suite, large cafe with games, breakout spaces, and a brand enforced elevator lobby that greets visitors.
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 New Hudson, Michigan COMPLETION 2012 SIZE 65,100 sf
A unique mix of spaces create a distinctive and important meeting place that offers a wide variety of experiences.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Lyon Meadows Conference Center Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan had outgrown the original conference center spaces and also wanted to refurbish an underutilized cafeteria space to better improve its use and revenues. Neumann/Smith provided full architectural and interior design services for the renovation of approximately 65,100 sf of the existing 167,100 sf facility, originally constructed in 1980. The renovation of the Lyon Meadows Conference Center included:
Covered entry and renovated façade Training room with seating for up to 60 people Lobby and security desk/badging station Pre-function area with support services, coat room and business center with lockable cubicles with power for mobile charging New information kiosk New collaboration area and 4 visiting offices/breakout meeting rooms with translucent glazing Large conference rooms that can be combined to provide training seating for 90 people Banquet seating for 192 people and lecture seating for up to 240 people A new dedicated video conference room with seating for up to 23 people utilizing specialized video conference room lighting New conference rooms in variable sizes for seating from 12 to 36 people New café foyer and new café with translucent overhead rolling doors New atrium dining area with new insulated roof and lounge seating
LOCATION Auburn Hills, Michigan COMPLETION December 2015 SIZE 140,000 sf
“The new building features several amenities for the employees and supports an environment of collaboration and teamwork.”
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. “The 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.” -- Bill Kozyra, CEO and President
LOCATION Detroit, Michigan COMPLETION April 2016 SIZE 3,000 sf
A glass wall not only brands the space, but also opens up the office to bring in light from behind, up through the center of the office making it feel more open and modern.
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC
Grand Park Centre Building Neumann/Smith provided space planning and interior design services for Jaffe Law’s relocation of their Detroit office to the Grand Park Centre building. Highlighting the space is an expansive glass wall behind the reception area. Designed by Neumann/Smith, the glass wall not only branded the space, but also opens up the office to bring in light from behind, up through the center of the office making it feel more open and modern. Jaffe wanted to the space more “millennial friendly.” To achieve this, designers used a neutral palette with more grey, less beige, and added pops of the Jaffe blue to brand the space and add a bold statement. White leather chairs were also used to brighten up the lobby space and to give the area a modern flair.
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 Southfield, Michigan COMPLETION October 2016 SIZE 14,000 sf Integrated Parking and Pedestrian Courtyard 110,000 sf
The patterns also create an important visual interest from the buildingâ€™s exterior. Looking up from the streets below, you can sense the dynamic activity within.
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.
DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS THAT ENHANCE EACH COMPANY’S IMAGE AND PRODUCTIVITY.