CREW Leadership Summit - Toronto, Ontario

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Leadership Summit – Toronto, Ontario, June 22 - 23, 2017

Contributor: Betsy Hobbs Wagner - CREW Detroit
Vice President and Business Development Director at
Hobbs+Black Architects

I have to say, I was so honored to attend the Crew leadership Summit in Toronto this year. It was truly a great experience on a personal and professional level. The first day had a fascinating opener that focused on a panel discussion about what other CREW networks are doing and their best practices; what is working well and what can be improved upon. This created candid discussion on how different programs within CREW can better themselves.  

I was impressed with several chapters outreach program; created to encourage young women to get involved in commercial real estate; whether it be getting involved in brokerage, architecture, engineering, finance or project management. The take away from this was that it is better to try to engage these girls at a younger age. Getting involved in middle school and high-school is better than waiting until they are in college. At that point it almost becomes a missed opportunity. These chapters work with schools and put on a one day session to talk to these young ladies about different careers in real estate as well as give them interactive projects to work on.  It is a good way to get them exposed to different types of opportunities in the field of commercial real estate at a young age. 

Other chapters had some great suggestions on how to maximize networking within your CREW organization. One chapter has everyone put their business cards in a bowl at each member only event, on your way out, you need to grab a card out of the bowl and call that person to set up lunch. They mentioned that has been successful for them to get to know people better within their network. 

Betsy Hobbs Wagner at far left, networking with some new CREW friends in Toronto for the CREW Leadership Summit.

Betsy Hobbs Wagner at far left, networking with some new CREW friends in Toronto for the CREW Leadership Summit.

All of the speakers were great, however, I found Cheryl Cran personally very inspiring. I could relate to her talking about in her younger years trying to control everything and show everybody all she knew. While she is a smart lady, she came to realize, that is not true leadership. True leadership is teaching people to be better than you are. Giving them a chance to grow and expand in their positions. If you do a good job, they will be able to take over your position someday to keep the company going. Also, it is important to be your authentic self and not try to be something you’re not. The more inline you are with your belief system, the better you will do.  

Finally, the social events were a lot of fun. I met some really great people from Tucson and I would like to attend the Tucson Conference in February, as we have an Arizona Hobbs+Black Architects office that does some amazing projects. The happy hours were a great way to meet people and the dine-arounds were amazing. Our group went to a Spanish Restaurant which was fabulous. Thank you CREW Detroit for this opportunity, I feel like I learned a lot. 

For more information on how to get involved with CREW Detroit see this LINK.

Eastern Michigan University Credit Union New Branch - Ribbon Cutting

Hobbs+Black Architects recently attended the ribbon cutting for a completed Work Space Studio design project for the EMU Credit Union. The all new Eastern Michigan University Credit Union celebrated the opening of a new branch in the Student Union building on the EMU campus on June 20, 2017.

The new space in the Student Union will serve the on-campus population at EMU. The design includes a custom photo mural on the main wall of the space that contains scenes from campus life at EMU with the central Eastern "E" in the center. A custom glass and green lettered horizontal sign runs above the entry bulkhead to the space and establishes the identity of the institution to all who pass through the building. A sliding glass partition mounted under the bulkhead closes off the space when it is not open.

The EMU Credit Union recently merged with the UofM credit Union. The new EMU Credit Union uses the EMU color palette throughout the interior design and in the environmental graphics and new furnishings. The symmetrical floor plan holds a central seating area in the center of the plan with adjacent meeting rooms and offices off each side of the central area. 

Congratulations to the design team for creating such a welcoming and creative space in the new Student Union building at EMU for the EMU Credit Union. For more information on our Work Space design studio see our web page at this LINK.

Here is a gallery from the ribbon cutting event:

Cherry Creek Mall - Welcomes You Back!

Renovated Entry Now Welcomes You Back!

With the ongoing changes in retail development, Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver is an example of an existing regional shopping center that has evolved through multiple renovations in order to keep retail sales strong. It has become a destination shopping experience, while keeping up with the latest technologies and trends to maintain its place in the fabric of the surrounding community.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center, in Denver, Colorado was originally constructed in 1990 and was then expanded and remodeled in 1994, all by Hobbs+Black Architects. The most recent transformation, was a renovation project that our Retail Studio completed in the fall of 2015.

The renovated Cherry Creek Mall exterior welcomes the adjacent community with a mix of new and old elements.

The renovated Cherry Creek Mall exterior welcomes the adjacent community with a mix of new and old elements.

This renovation included the demolition of the vacant Saks Anchor Store and reconfiguration of the Mall valet drop-off. Redevelopment of the Saks building pad led to the construction of a new 4-story 50,000 square foot Restoration Hardware (RH) “mini anchor," the existing lower and upper level mall concourses were also extended for an additional 35,000 square feet of new retail Gross Leasable Area (GLA) with direct connection to the RH entrances.

The exterior of the renovated Cherry Creek Mall with the new Restoration Hardware store.

The exterior of the renovated Cherry Creek Mall with the new Restoration Hardware store.

The primary goal of the project was to provide a new “front door” to the property and respond to the increasing growth of the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. A key component to the project was the blending of new and old, renovating the existing court to integrate new finishes that complemented the existing features while copying some original details from the mall for continuity. A new ridge skylight, escalators, and strategic seating arrangements provide a complementary addition to the existing mall.

The renovated interior of the mall includes a new ridge skylight, escalators & seating areas.

The renovated interior of the mall includes a new ridge skylight, escalators & seating areas.

This project brought new life into the existing shopping center while also respecting the past. Hobbs+Black is proud to celebrate twenty-five successful years in the Denver area with a client The Taubman Company that we have served for several decades.

35 and 45 Year Anniversaries

John Barker and John Hinkley:

Celebrating Anniversaries with Hobbs+Black

Executive Vice President and Principal-In-Charge, John Barker came to work at Hobbs+Black Architects in 1982 after graduating from Lawrence Technological University.  He gained his registration after completing the NCARB IDP requirements in 1989.  John began working on a variety of projects that have become landmarks in Ann Arbor.  In 1993, John attended a Primary Care Symposium at Harvard University where he established a focus on working on the design of healthcare related buildings.  John's knowledge has him confidently leading the direction of our Healthcare and Senior Living Studios.

John Barker’s contribution in healthcare design can be seen in the numerous projects he has worked on.  In his time at the firm, Mr. Barker has worked on notable projects in healthcare such as Aldara Hospital and Medical Center in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Tucson Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital West Pavilion, William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak Cancer Center, Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and McLaren Health Campus/Clarkston Ambulatory Care Center. 

The all new Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona

The all new Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona

Executive Vice President and Principal-In-Charge, John Hinkley began at Hobbs+Black in 1972 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Master in Architecture.  John became a registered architect in 1974.  John’s professional and civic affiliations include the American Institute of Architects and in 2007 he was awarded with a 20+ Years of Service Award from the Huron Valley AIA Chapter. John served as the Mayor of the Village of Manchester for six years and also as the Chairperson of the Planning Commission and as a member of the Historic District Commission.

In his time at the firm, Mr. Hinkley has worked on notable projects in Ann Arbor such as the renovation of the historic Hobbs+Black Corporate Headquarters, Sloan Plaza and One North Main. He has been Principal in Charge of over twelve Taubman Company Projects for over thirty years starting with Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado to our largest office project, City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

Hobbs+Black Architects Celebrates 10 Years in Arizona

Recently Hobbs Black Architects celebrated a 10 year milestone at the Phoenix, Arizona office. The Phoenix office was established in 2007 and has grown into a medium sized architectural office that has worked on some landmark Arizona building projects. The very first design project completed by this office was the MRI Expansion at the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

The Hobbs+Black Phoenix office has had the privilege of working on the design of a wide range of architectural building typologies in Southwest region. The healthcare studio recently completed the renovation and expansion to the Tucson Medical Center for Women. Currently under construction, is the new Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emergency/ Lab/ Hematology-Oncology Expansion which should be completed in late 2017. (Photo below)

The new Phoenix Children's Hospital Emergency/ Lab/ Hematology-Oncology Expansion

The new Phoenix Children's Hospital Emergency/ Lab/ Hematology-Oncology Expansion

The Phoenix office senior living studio has completed several new assisted living and memory care centers in the state of Arizona including the new Santé of Tucson, Santé of Westgate and Santé of Scottsdale. 

In addition to the numerous healthcare based and senior living projects, the office has been able to work on civic/community based design as well. Always community supporters, many employees of the office have participated in fundraisers for multiple charitable causes in the local community. From 5K Color Runs, to being a volunteer and to participating in silent auctions at special galas, the Phoenix team has always found ways to give back!

On Thursday, April 27th, the office celebrated the ten year milestone with friends, past and present clients, fellow visiting co-workers from Michigan and consultants at the Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town- on the lovely outdoor patio on a beautiful Arizona evening. Included at the celebration were drinks, appetizers, music and some custom Hobbs+Black Architects orange notebook giveaways. Thank you to all who carefully planned the event. And THANK YOU to all who attended the celebration of architectural and business accomplishment. Here's looking to the continued growth of the office and to 10 more years! 

Check out our photo gallery which pictures some of the guests and employees of the Arizona office celebrating 10 years of architectural design accomplishment: