DETROIT – Nearly 300 local professionals attended the annual CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Impact Awards Luncheon at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit Sept. 19, where several local projects and one CREW member were presented with the organization’s highest honors.
CREW Detroit presented the Woman of Impact Award to Joan L. Cleland, President at Acquest Development, Inc.. Selected by the board, CREW Detroit’s Woman of Impact is someone who demonstrates a sincere commitment to the commercial real estate industry, has been an advocate for women in the industry, and is an organization member of long-standing tenure.
Cleland is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Michigan and has been an active member of CREW Network and CREW Detroit for 30 year. Joan has served as Chapter President (2005), Network Delegate (2004-2005), Chairperson of the Network Midwest Regional Conference in Detroit (2007), Network Board of Directors (2008-2009), and has been a judge for the Impact Awards a number of times. Her leadership and advocacy for women in the commercial real estate industry has been unparalleled.
Selected from 18 entries, the real estate developments presented with the 2016 Impact Awards were:
Michigan Humane Society Detroit Animal Care Campus
The Michigan Humane Society’s new Animal Care Campus in Detroit’s North End neighborhood has not only played an integral role in the urban revitalization of the community, but provides the architecture and infrastructure to exponentially increase the organization’s collective impact on animal care, treatment and well-being for years to come.
Category: New Construction; Submitted by: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Wayne State University Integrative Bioscience Center
Wayne State University’s newest research facility and largest construction project to date-the Integrative Bioscience Center is a reflection of the University’s commitment to the growth and prosperity of Midtown Detroit. The facility is dedicated to studying and eliminating the health disparities plaguing Detroit residents.
Category: Adaptive Reuse/Renovation; Submitted by: Submitted by: Barton Malow/Brinker
Jimmy Johns Field, Utica Community Redevelopment
Redevelopment of a former unregulated landfill into Jimmy John’s Field represents a “game changer” in the world of community place-making. It has spurred revitalization of downtown Utica, ending decades of neglect and creating a destination where families gather, businesses thrive, and the community can enjoy its treasured natural resources.
Category: Special Impact; Submitted by: SME
Serving as a non-motorized network connect-ing the people of Detroit to the City’s natural resources, healthy food and cultural destinations, Link Detroit has generated economic reinvestment opportunities and is improving the quality of life through sustainable green infrastructure improvements.
Category: Catalyst Award; Submitted by: SmithGroupJJR
The 2016 judges panel consisted of Chris Ferchill of the Ferchill Group; Donna Inch of Ford Land; Jana Ecker of the City of Birmingham; Jennette Smith of Crain’s; Larry Marantette of Taktix Solutions; Mark Wallace of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; Maureen Donahue Krauss of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Michael P. Smith of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan; CREW Detroit Immediate Past President Sheila Suppes of Bouma Construction; and Tim Kay of JLL.
This year marks CREW Detroit’s 15th annual Impact Awards event; 2016 is also the organization’s 30th anniversary.