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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, […]

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 […]

DMC Children’s Hospital,

The Healing Power of Place How do you turn a sterile clinical setting into a calming, optimistic healing environment for kids? DMC, along with architects from HED, developed some innovative plans. This giant Lego-looking building is a stroke of design genius inspired by what kids thought a hospital should look like: happy and definitely not […]

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 […]

The Wellbridge Group
Rehabilitation and Nursing Care

The Road to Recovery Never Looked Better At the forefront of modern healthcare, patient satisfaction is a priority. One area that’s gaining attention is the impact of the physical environment on patient outcomes and satisfaction. Nowhere is that more clear than at WellBridge. Walk through the front doors and you feel the warmth and welcome. […]

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 […]

LLamasoft

A User Experience That Attracts Innovative Thinkers When it comes to recruiting knowledge workers these days, there’s plenty of competition for the best and the brightest. It’s one reason why creating just the right environment has become as important to talent acquisition as it is to creating a culture of innovation. The LLamasoft offices are […]

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

Strategy for Growth: Stay True to Your Roots Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (ALF) has a lot in common with the farmers they serve: a steadfast Midwest work ethic, reliability and the ingenuity to get the job done. Honoring tradition while looking forward are hallmarks of the company. So when ALF commissioned a new headquarters, the challenge […]

Humantech
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 […]