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:

Hobbs+Black Architects - Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Hobbs+Black Architects is please to have participated in the 2017 Spring Habitat for Humanity Build Day. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Nine Hobbs+Black employees contributed a day of work to assist the local Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter. 

The Hobbs+Black Build Day volunteer effort began two months ago in order to ensure a large enough team to make a meaningful contribution. The group included architectural, administrative and technology staff from the Ann Arbor office.

Once on site, the team worked simultaneously on two homes on adjacent lots. The Ypsilanti chapter of Habitat for Humanity deals exclusively with existing homes and then renovates them. This is the only chapter in the United States to do so. The work assigned to our volunteers consisted of clearing debris and growth from around the home foundations, painting the foundation block walls, thermally sealing all interior window and door openings and miscellaneous yard work. 

Lunch break provided a good time for a team photo. The weather cooperated for the entire day with sunshine and comfortable outdoor working temperatures. After the Build Day work was completed, the Hobbs+Black team was invited to a tour of a completed Habitat for Humanity home. Following review of the completed work, Hobbs+Black Architects were asked to return to the event next year. Good job team! 

Group Photo (L-R): Claude Faro, Wayne Chubb, Carolyn Corbett, Sean O'Brien, David Nims, Ernesto Whitsitt, Tom Dillenbeck, Sasha Perkins and Morley Stevenson

Grand Opening - Symphony at Centerville

Hobbs+Black Architects recently attended the Grand Opening ceremonies for the new memory care community Symphony at Centerville in Dayton, Ohio. There was a lovely jazz trio, catered food and drink, a wonderful tour and many smiling faces. Hobbs+Black Architects is pleased to have been the architect for this new project which serves the Dayton, Ohio region. 

The new community is comprised of 56 private apartments and 4 semi-private apartments arranged into two neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has an activity room with a light-filled vaulted ceiling, an elegant dining room and staff support spaces. There is also a large shared activity room which is also used for games and movies. The building surrounds a 12,000 sf courtyard complete with walking path, areas of respite, and active planting beds. The large shared activity room has a covered exterior porch ideal for sitting in the shade while spending time outdoors. The activity rooms in each neighborhood also provides a connection to the outdoors, providing a looping walk path both outdoors and indoors. 

The building is 1-story, wood construction and I-2 occupancy. The exterior design includes cultured stone and brick focal walls with horizontal siding over brick wainscot for the larger sections of wall. The entrance has a curved metal roof porte-cochere to facilitate passenger drop-off. Each apartment is equipped with an attached bathroom, including shower accommodations. Climate control is provided through individual packaged vertical units in each room. 

This project was developed in partnership between Capital Health Group and The Douglas Company, who was also the design-builder.