The New Rules of Engagement Change is natural for every business. It can be disruptive or it can be transformative. When Hylant set out to reshape its corporate offices, it proved to be a catalyst to engage and re-energize team members. Steelcase and NBS first guided Hylant management and staff through a discovery exercise. By […]

NBS Plunkett Cooney Project Profile

Plunkett Cooney

On the Docket: an Office Evolution What does the modern law office look like? It’s an interesting question considering the law profession stands on tradition. But those highly polished, dark wood domains are making room for the shifting values of an evolving workforce. Plunkett Cooney is a great case in point. Their goals went beyond […]


Learning Care Group

Knowledge is Power in this Workplace When the Learning Care Group (LCG) decided to upgrade its corporate offices, they were studious in their approach. To help them gather facts, NBS led a field trip to Steelcase headquarters. One insight that appealed to LCG was the Power of Place to boost employee engagement and performance. Applying […]

NBS Solomon Plumbing

Solomon Plumbing

New and Used Boost Form and Function When NBS was commissioned for a redesign of Solomon Plumbing’s corporate offices, the challenge was twofold: create a space that reflects the organization’s brand—engaging, friendly and successful; and incorporate existing furniture into the new plan in fresh ways. As a crucial first step in the process, NBS conducted […]



Why Environment Matters to a Changing Workforce Recruiting and retaining the best talent has never been more competitive. So what are successful companies doing to attract the brightest minds? Hint: it’s less about free haircuts or onsite acupuncture, and more about purpose and engagement. In planning their new North American headquarters, Autoneum envisioned a place […]

NBS Great Lakes Bay Region Showroom

Creating a Place Where People Do Their Best Work What happens when a growing, forward-looking commercial interiors firm commits to building a new office space for itself? The most innovative ideas are put to the test. Walk through the front doors of the new Great Lakes Bay Region showroom and it radiates creativity, in both […]

Urban Science

The Drive to Innovate By inventing new methodologies to mine data for their automotive clients, Urban Science has become a model for innovative thinking. So it’s no surprise they’d want to meld rigorous thinking about how workplaces work with innovative space planning. Applying those two concepts is at the core of NBS’ expertise. To maximize […]

Michigan Pneumatic Tool

Tooling Up for Growth When Michigan Pneumatic Tool (MPT) decided to create a new corporate headquarters, an important objective was to create a state-of-the-art workspace that properly reflected the company’s dynamic culture. High on their priorities list was a workspace that supports organic collaboration. To accomplish this, we engaged all of our NBS divisions to […]

La-Z-Boy, Corporate Headquarters

A Place That Works for Everyone It’s an age-old office formula. Everyone is assigned a desk and we all plug along while waiting for inspiration to strike. Or we used to. Now La-Z-Boy, along with Steelcase’s Applied Research & Consulting (ARC), has transformed that model with striking results. Their process began with workshops, interviews and […]

Office of Tomorrow

An Office Opens Up to New Ideas For more than 35 years, Humantech has counseled some of the world’s leading businesses on the role of ergonomics in workplace performance. As business improvement experts, expectations were understandably high when they turned their focus inward. That’s when the Office of Tomorrow was born. Knowledge sharing has become […]

Health Alliance Plan
Tower 14 HAP Building

Changing Spaces to “Insure” Better Results Workspace design is a powerful, culture-shaping tool. Increasingly, organizations are using it to create real competitive advantages, in part by attracting the best and the brightest. The renovated HAP workplace is designed to do just that. So how do you make a workspace that attracts and engages top talent? […]

Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Banking on an Interesting Space As old bank buildings go, few have fared better than this one. What once was dated and dowdy has been transformed into bright and buzzy for an organization whose mission is to promote the community and build a strong business environment. The building, as they say, had good bones — […]

La-Z-Boy Pilot Project, Corporate Headquarters

Space Exploration: Discovering Better Ways to Work If there’s one thing La-Z-Boy knows, it’s how to make people comfortable. Now, after decades of creating iconic furniture that is popular around the world, La-Z-Boy turned its attention to its own house, or in this case, its new corporate offices. La-Z-Boy determined a shift in the organization’s […]

NBS Lansing Showroom

Walking the Walk: Workspace Strategies in Action What does space have to do with innovation and productivity? It’s a good question. As organizations look for new ways to compete more effectively, that question is becoming increasingly important. New research points to real estate as a critically important, though often underutilized asset. So what better place […]

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Reinventing the Outlet Shopping Experience As popular as outlet shopping has become over the years, the experience was often lacking — until Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (GLCO), a Taubman property, opened its doors. Enclosed, comfortable and on-trend, GLCO offered big-name brands, a massive food court and a state-of-the-art cinema complex that turned traditional value shopping […]

Henry Ford Health System IT Center

Antidote For a Drab Data Center Think data center and it’s easy to imagine rows of server racks and office cubes with engineers working in isolation. They’re more like warehouses than workspaces. Not at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). As the department responsible for mission-critical applications, their IT group places a premium on communication and […]

Airfoil Public Relations

Speak Easy: How Better Communications Inspires Better Ideas When it was time to update Airfoil’s office to reflect their thriving business in high-tech PR, one priority was to incorporate the latest communication and presentation technology. The goal was to enhance collaboration between colleagues and clients, often in remote locations. And no one knows workplace collaboration […]

Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Court

The New Cultural Living Room: A Classic Is Reborn In a city graced by numerous cultural gems, none shines brighter than the Detroit Institute of Arts. With its world-renowned collections, the DIA has long been ranked one of the best in the US. Given its stature, it was a privilege for NBS to be selected […]

Aegis Media

Welcome To The Creative Revolution The most inspired advertising today incorporates interactive, multi-platform, dynamic strategies. Like those created by Aegis Media for some of the world’s great brands. So when it came time to reshape the offices for this innovative firm, we created an environment that works like they do — inspired. Today, and especially […]

BI Worldwide

Polishing A Diamond In The Rough What happens when an international marketing services firm takes over a former jewelry showroom for its new office? With NBS Commercial Interiors as their space-planning partner, they got a cool modern office that’s both highly functional and a little bit fun. While BI Worldwide saw the potential in an […]