Hobbs+Black Architects Announces 2019 Staff Promotions


Ann Arbor, MI - Hobbs+Black Architects Announces 2019 Staff Promotions

Hobbs+Black Architects is pleased to announce the following staff promotions as we begin another successful year.


Carolyn Corbett to Senior Associate (Ann Arbor, MI office)
As Senior Associate and an integral part of the Hobbs+Black team for over a decade, Carolyn’s workload currently includes new building construction for The University of Michigan Credit Union (Carpenter Road Branch), facility renovations at Centria Healthcare, and the new parish hall for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She has been instrumental in coordinating with project clients and all engineering disciplines to translate project and interior design into comprehensive contract documents for construction for a variety of religious, educational, retail, and work space projects. Additionally, her expertise in the bidding and negotiation process makes her a key associate during the life cycle of each project.

Carolyn’s past experience includes work on notable projects such as The Goddard School of Novi, Home Point Financial – Ann Arbor Headquarters, Plunkett Cooney Law Offices in Bloomfield, Fort Shelby Hotel, various projects at Macomb Community College, and Washtenaw Community College Student Center Building.

Dan Pierce, AIA, NCARB to Senior Associate (Ann Arbor, MI office)
After joining Hobbs+Black in 2015, Dan quickly proved himself a key player by providing support for team members during project development and construction phases. With the ability to adapt project scales from multi-million dollar commercial developments to house renovations. Dan has a plethora of major ventures on his resume that include RH Nashville, Partridge Creek: Cabin at the Creek, Bavarian Inn Cheese Haus, and LLamasoft Ann Arbor office fit-out.

Included in Dan’s skill set is the ability to navigate all phases of architectural design from the schematic phase to construction administration as well as project close-out. Additionally, his management of large sites with multiple buildings and varied building architecture has made him instrumental as a team member with current jobs that include Woodward Corners by Beaumont and RH locations in Edina and Columbus. His expertise in communicating client objectives and goals to ownership groups helps to achieve results for the client, and keeps information flowing to propel the project forward.  


In the wake of continued growth and success, the following Hobbs+Black employees have been promoted to Associate:

Angel de la Calle Sanchez (Ann Arbor, MI office)

Kathryn Dobija (Ann Arbor, MI office)

Johanna Luke (Ann Arbor, MI office)

Josh Stasko (Ann Arbor, MI office)

Livius Zestrijan (Phoenix, AZ office)

Congratulations to all on a job well done and best wishes for continued success!


Photos available upon request. 

Learn more about the Hobbs+Black team at hobbs-black.com/team.


About Hobbs+Black
Hobbs+Black Architects, founded in 1965, ranks among the top 300 architectural firms nationally. Hobbs+Black Architects offers a full range of architectural and interior design services and specializes in institutional work including hospitals, educational facilities, religious facilities and multi-family housing. With corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, Hobbs+Black Architects also operates regional offices in Lansing, MI and Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, please visit hobbs-black.com.

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Arbor Research Corporate HQ Project Progress

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By Thom Phillips, LEED AP - Vice President, Hobbs+Black Architects

Founded in 1997 and residing on two floors of the University of Michigan Credit Union Building, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health is a not-for-profit research organization that works with organizations around the world to explore advances in health care policy, medical payment systems and clinical treatment outcomes. While they enjoy a prime location in the city’s center, their business plan anticipated ongoing growth, so in early 2017 they retained Hobbs+Black to design their new two-story, 50,000-square-foot headquarters on a site east of the City. 

The project was off to a promising start with Arbor Research’s selection of a picturesque 16-acre farm field. The location and views were exceptional, from the low rolling hills, forested park to the east, and the million-square-foot Domino’s Office Park to the west. Modeling the site in SketchUp, we studied the topography and daylight, considering many options before positioning the building on the north third of the parcel. Rotating the plan from its north-south axis and holding the parking fields down to lower elevations, the building seemed to rise out of the prairie. That vision became a guiding planning concept as we positioned the future 40,000-square-foot addition to the south, extending its image into the field.

As an organization with an academic research culture, Arbor Research leadership enthusiastically supported a programming process that provided opportunities for everyone to express their ideas about their future home. During “town hall” style meetings, Hobbs+Black engaged staff in conversations about evolving work place design, timeless aesthetics of natural materials, expressions of corporate culture and sustainable design. Impressions were recorded over several weeks and once finalized, the Needs Assessment Report was issued in March 2017. The document formed the basis for the design, articulating Arbor Research’s vision for an energetic, collegiate environment that would support their unique form of collaborative research. The resulting floor plans feature a well considered composition of open team areas, project rooms, private offices, a town hall meeting room, work cafe, private phone rooms and conference spaces. 

The building form developed into an office interpretation unique to Arbor Research, helping to maximize the exceptional views and channel daylight into occupied spaces. Wall construction is a composition of economical, energy efficient, continuously insulated masonry cavity walls, insulated metal panels and high performance glass. Reflecting mechanical noise concerns expressed during programming, a sound slab below the large roof top units was included in the roof design. Otherwise, the building is constructed of conventional steel framing with enlarged foundations and columns along the south wall to accept the future addition. The elevators are machine room-less, hole-less hydraulic and the server room is a sophisticated space, economically designed to support the future phase expansion.

Following the May groundbreaking, the Construction Manager, JS Vig, brought the building vertical with steel in September with the goal of enclosing before winter. Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues.