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Michigan State University

Team Spirit Spreads with Athletic Administration Redesign At Michigan State University, Spartan school spirit is plentiful. Their impressive athletic program is championed by student athletes and the many staff members who work hard behind the scenes. MSU wanted to create a new space where all athletic administration employees could work together under one roof. By […]

Microsoft

New Office Seamlessly Integrates Technology and Space When technology and software innovator Microsoft decided to leave their building of 30 years, they wanted their new hub to support the needs of their mobile sales team. The move brought Microsoft out of the suburbs and into a new space in downtown Detroit’s central business district. They […]

Detroit Diesel

Forward-Thinking Office Space Captivates Top Talent With goals of attracting and retaining new talent in mind, Detroit Diesel decided it was time to modernize their office space in the historic M1 Building in Detroit, which dates back to the 1930s, to accommodate a growing workforce. NBS partnered with NORR Architects to draw inspiration from the […]

Ghafari Associates

A Wall System That Opens Up Possibilities In business, collaboration is everything, but creating the right balance between openness and privacy can be a challenge. When Ghafari Associates needed to renovate their second-floor offices to create more private meeting spaces, they didn’t have to look far for an innovative and customized solution. Ghafari turned to […]

Owens Community College

Renovated Student Center Modernizes Campus Learning Culture Owens Community College (OCC) prides itself on creating an academically rigorous environment that fosters a sense of community amongst its students. OCC chose The Collaborative and NBS to redesign College Hall, one of the main areas students can meet to socialize or work on assignments. Prior to NBS’s […]

Serra Automotive

Stylish Custom Offices Inspire Employees Serra Automotive, headquartered in Michigan, is a sprawling network of automotive dealerships and franchises throughout the United States. When Serra Automotive decided it was time to move in to a new building, they hired NBS to design a workspace perfectly tailored to their executive team. NBS worked closely with a […]

Oerlikon Metco

A Fresh Office Space Attracts Top Talent As a leading global technology group, Oerlikon Metco needed an office space that reflected their corporate values. Their forward-thinking culture appealed to top talent, but their previous office space lacked a physical manifestation of Oerlikon’s culture. As Oerlikon planned ground-up construction of a new headquarters, they knew their […]

NBS Ann Arbor Office

Repurposed Materials Make for a Fresh New Design With six team members separated over two Ann Arbor offices, NBS decided it was time for their local team to be in one space.  The goal was to create an environment that delivered an authentic, on-brand office space that showcased NBS’s capabilities to integrate architectural products, floorcovering, […]

DTE Energy

A Vibrant Public Space Reimagined for Business Among the great new ideas in commercial building design is one that is centuries old: namely the town square. In Detroit, DTE Energy has created a dynamic, multipurpose gathering place with great appeal. The 40,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed Town Square is striking for its scale and flood of natural light. […]

HRI

With the Right Design, an Office Space Can Delight Customers and Employees For an organization like HRI, a leading manufacturer’s representative to the food service industry, an office space must fulfill a tall order. It must surprise and delight visitors, providing no less than a full sensory experience of the latest technology and trends in […]

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The Scott at Brush Park

An Oasis for Urban Living At the heart of downtown Detroit’s residential renaissance, one building has found the sweet spot. The Scott is a modern, mixed-use development with high-end amenities among the restored gems of historic Brush Park. To carry out their unique concept for the interiors, the architects at Neumann/Smith partnered with NBS to […]

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Kelly Services

How a Fresh Design Can Revolutionize Company Culture Kelly Services may be a global leader in workforce solutions, but even leading companies need an occasional brand refresh. These experts in staffing and hiring knew what their next generation of new hires valued, but their old office wasn’t doing them any favors. In fact, the dated […]

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ProMedica Health System

Former Power Plant Goes from Deserted to Dynamic Toledo’s ongoing riverfront revival got a big boost when ProMedica Health System saw an opportunity to consolidate its workforce in a single iconic location. Partnering with HKS Architects, ProMedica renovated an 1895 landmark, designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham, into a stunning new headquarters. Situated on the […]

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Detroit Country Day School

Designed for Learning Can classroom design improve results in primary and secondary education? The newest “active learning” models have us re-examining the impact of physical space on student performance. It’s also inspired some amazing classroom transformations. Traditional teaching models impose a passive order in the classroom. Rows of stationary desks face a blackboard on beige […]

Hylant

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 […]

MidMichigan Health

Healthcare That Feels Right at Home Any patient will tell you they’d rather be home. No surprise — home is where we all feel most comfortable. So can a home-like environment contribute to a patient’s wellbeing? MidMichigan Health is a great example that sensitivity to an environment goes beyond aesthetics. In planning this $34 million […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Autoneum

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 […]

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Sparrow Hospital

The Gathering Place, a Picture of Health Modern work environments bear little resemblance to those of 10 or 15 years ago. Consider the lunchroom. It used to be a place to eat. Now it’s a place to connect, collaborate, relax and recharge. The Gathering Place at Sparrow goes even further. Previously, the cafeteria was a […]

NBS Showroom, Clawson

Connect and Collaborate. A Context for Success. There’s a lot to admire about a startup culture… the passion, the personality, the “anything-is-possible” thinking. Can those same qualities be cultivated anywhere? The renovated NBS Showroom in Clawson demonstrates the ability to apply that same energy and excitement to an established organization. As a showroom and workplace, […]

Walsh College, Troy

Business School Passes With Flying Colors Teamwork is at the heart of knowledge work, so it’s not surprising that the education field would adapt best practices to enable it. For Walsh College, that meant creating environments that would promote engagement, creative thinking and collaboration – not just for today, but well into the future for […]

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 […]