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. 

Modern Healthcare Magazine "Top Architects" Listing

Hobbs+Black Architects Makes Top 50 List: Modern Healthcare's 2017 Construction and Design Survey

Hobbs+Black is pleased to announce that it has been published in Modern Healthcare’s "2017 Construction & Design” survey as one of the “Top 50 Healthcare Design Architects”  for another year in a row.

Ranked 46th on the “Top Architects for Healthcare” survey, the ranking is a reflection of the firm’s strong healthcare project portfolio. Hobbs+Black’s commitment to providing innovative design solutions for a diverse range of healthcare typologies and programmatic needs continues to grow as the market rapidly changes.

Part of Hobbs+Black Architects success in innovation has been the design of two sustainable LEED for Healthcare projects. As a result, the firm has also been included on the Modern Healthcare “Most Active LEED for Healthcare” firm listing for its work on the two completed hospital projects.

Congratulations to the firm on the continuing success in the Healthcare arena. To read more about Modern Healthcare magazine see this link to their magazine webpage. For more information on Hobbs+Black Architects HEALTHCARE STUDIO click here.

February 2017 Announcement

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Betsy Hobbs Wagner is now head of Hobbs+Black Business Development. Already a Vice President and Director of Interior Design, Betsy Hobbs has been integral in the growth and development of business during her 20+ years with the firm.  She has been a manager, a leader by example, and a top individual sales producer. In her new role she functions as a business developer, company promoter and brand ambassador.

Continuing the family founded firm, Betsy keeps the Hobbs name and legacy for architectural accomplishments alive. She has received numerous awards with her design team for interiors and she is an active member of CREW. 

Those of you that know her well, also understand that she balances a family of 3 along with major responsibilities with the firm. Her ability to forge long-term relationships, tireless work ethic, and positive attitude have assisted Hobbs+Black  to consistently reach new heights each year. We are thankful to have her here and look forward to her continued success.

Congratulations Betsy!

New Restoration Hardware - Grand Opening


Last week the upscale furnishings retailer, Restoration Hardware celebrated its move from its longtime site at Mount Lebanon's Galleria to the Ross Park Mall. The new store celebrated with a grand opening on January 27th. The brand new Restoration Hardware is located on the upper level of Ross Park Mall next to Sear's. The new store offers its variety of furniture, lighting, textiles, bath ware, décor, rug showroom and outdoor products.


Hobbs+Black Architects is proud to have been a part of the design and construction documentation team for this Restoration Hardware. Housed in an existing mall lease space, the new RH gallery space features a sleek floor plan which includes a series of gallery example room displays, individual line displays, lighting features and finishes. A variety of ceiling heights, clean detailing and a several well coordinated finishes offer a luxurious and enriching experience to the customer.


With a new line of furnishings, RH Interiors design professionals are on staff to assist with design and product selection in the new collaborative atelier area. The atelier is home to an expansive library of samples, fabrics, furnishing finishes and lighting samples allowing the customer to work with a RH Interiors designer in the creation of mood boards and schematic creations prior to installation. 


The newly designed shop is now open, come see it for yourself as the experience is designed for you to enjoy in person. Luxury and the latest in design trends at your fingertips! For more on this exciting new retail experience see the editorial in Pittsburgh Magazine at this LINK.

Beaumont Northwood Project Gains Momentum

Hobbs+Black Architects team successfully obtained a 7-2 vote approval to advance the new Beaumont Northwood redevelopment project to City Council.  The redevelopment work, which will bring about 200 temporary construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs to the area, is expected to begin next summer following approval of the site plan. 

Immediately adjacent to the hospital campus is a 17 acre parcel which extends to the major street intersection of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The health system is the landowner of the parcel which presently has a community shopping center located on it. This Master Planning effort considers redevelopment of that site: Removal of the shopping center and replacement with approximately 500,000 square feet of mixed-use development in a series of buildings. The facilities are organized along an artery extending from the main hospital to the major street intersection and provides for a view corridor of the entire medical campus. Anticipated facilities for the development include.

  • A series of multiple facilities that are flexible for retail/mixed use ranging from 18,000 – 42,000 square feet 
  • A 100 suite hotel to accommodate patient and family lodging
  • Plaza and park facilities for outdoor events

The proposed new architecture will be in the context of an attractive setting that expands the green space and walkability of the site. It will enhance the environment for the community-at-large, visitors, employees and patients. The anticipated development goes beyond task of providing additional building facilities and creating a walkable community which integrates a patient care and community open air environment. The concept will ultimately strengthen the Beaumont brand and provide for a wellness environment interlaced with the adjoining neighborhoods. This program ultimately provides Beaumont with a long-term platform for planned growth. Hobbs+Black is proud to be a part of  this new community redevelopment hub.