Our Detroit Design firm studio is located on the entire third floor of the Wright Kay Building. It is the home of our historic preservation Detroit studio and where we serve many of our Detroit clients. The Detroit Design Studio represents Neumann/Smith being front and center in downtown Detroit’s recent revitalization, designing innovative workspaces that have helped to attract new businesses to the city. Recent projects include transforming a 100-year old warehouse into a dynamic new headquarters for Campbell Ewald, the M@dison Building at Grand Circus Park into a hub for high-tech entrepreneurial activity, and designing renovations to the Chrysler House, One Woodward Avenue Office Tower and the First National Building, located in the city’s growing tech hub.
The Detroit Design Studio is also home to Hannah-Neumann/Smith, a strategic partnership of Hannah & Associates, Inc. and Neumann/Smith Architecture. The limited liability company formalizes the long-standing business association between our two firms to create a Detroit-based, woman-owned, Minority Business Enterprise offering comprehensive architecture and interior design services.
Hannah-Neumann/Smith offers the services of Certified Historical Architects who have a wealth of experience in preservation planning, master plans, feasibility studies, forensic materials analysis, stabilization, preservation, restoration and adaptive re-use design technologies. Our desire is to celebrate the significant design details of historic buildings while integrating contemporary mechanical and electrical systems to provide modern-day functionality and comfort within the newly preserved historic setting. Our design approach to each project is tempered by our client’s goals and ranges from the creation of energetic office environments in raw, unfinished structures, to detailed restoration of plaster details and exterior masonry flourishes on historically significant structures.
Hannah-Neumann/Smith’s technical team can accurately field measure existing facilities utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology and translate the data utilizing computer aided design software and systems. Our process is proven to accelerate project initiation by efficiently gathering large amounts of data and streamlining the delivery of existing as-built documents for the design team. Cost reductions are realized throughout the project as accurate material is available for the owner’s team, as well as for the architectural, engineering, and construction teams, from the very beginning of the project through construction. We can capture unique building features, complex geometry and historic elements with exacting detail. Undocumented engineering systems which are vertical and directly overhead, within line-of-sight, can be accurately captured with millimeter accuracy where otherwise difficult to reach and unsafe to access.