CREW Detroit announces honorees at 16th annual Impact Awards

Ceremony honors Metro Detroit’s most impactful real estate developments of 2017, Woman of Impact

DETROIT – Nearly 300 local professionals attended the annual CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Impact Awards Luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit Sept. 13, where 3 local projects and one CREW member were presented with the organization’s highest honors.

Cathy DeDeckerCREW Detroit presented the Woman of Impact Award to Catherine M. DeDecker, PS, Vice President/Marketing Manager of Spalding DeDecker. 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.

DeDecker joined CREW Detroit in 2003, and is currently active with CREW Detroit’s Outreach Committee, CREW Careers, and UCREW, and most recently served as the 2015/2016 Outreach Director. She began her career over 32 years ago as a survey “rodman” and held several positions before becoming a Vice President in 2006 and the Marketing Manager in 2007. Her kind, brave, generous woman spirit inspires those around her to be the same.

Selected from 17 entries, the real estate developments presented with the 2017 Impact Awards were:

The Scott at Brush ParkThe Scott at Brush Park
Category: New Construction; Submitted by: Sachse Construction
The Scott at Brush Park is the ultimate in luxurious urban living: a $63 million mid-rise mixed-use development representing a civic renaissance currently underway in Detroit, Michigan. Developed by Birmingham, Michigan-based Broder & Sachse Real Estate and Southfield, Michigan based Woodborn Partners, the five-story project includes 199 luxury units and approximately 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

The Foundation HotelThe Foundation Hotel
Category: Adaptive Reuse/Renovation; Submitted by: McIntosh Poris Associates
The architects worked with Aparium Hotel Group to repurpose the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters and adjacent building, previously known as the Pontchartrain Wine Cellars, into a boutique hotel. Together, the two historically registered buildings accommodate 100 hotel rooms, office/conference spaces, Detroit-focused retail, and a fitness center. The boutique hotel features a ground-level restaurant/lounge and a roof-top banquet space housed in a new addition. The $28-million project embraces a “Detroit State of Mind” to welcome both visitors and locals with an authentic sense of place.

Artspace LoftsCity Hall Artspace Lofts
Category: Special Impact; Submitted by: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Looking to use the power of the arts to improve East Dearborn’s economic base, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority invited Artspace into the community to acquire the 90 year old City Hall complex to repurpose as a residential artist community. Artspace, the nation’s leading developer of artist led community transformation, decided to move forward with their first Michigan project to add to their impressive resume’ of nearly 50 properties in 30 different communities across the nation.

The 2017 judges panel consisted of:
ALEXA BUSH // Landscape Architect and Senior City Planner, City of Detroit Planning & Development Department
SAMANTHA ECKHOUT // Senior Vice President of Development, REDICO
DANA KREIS GLENCER // Partner Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC
TIM KAY // Managing Director, JLL
LAWRENCE R. MARANTETTE // Partner, Taktix Solutions LLC
KIRK PINHO // Real Estate Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business
PHYLLIS S. RIINA // First Vice President, Associate Broker, CBRE
MICHAEL P. SMITH // Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC)

2017 CREW Detroit Impact Awards

About the CREW Detroit Impact Awards:
The CREW Detroit Impact Awards are presented annually to three multi-disciplinary real estate development projects in the categories of New Construction, Adaptive Reuse/Renovation, and Special Impact. Winning projects demonstrate a significant, positive social and economic impact on the communities in which they are built.

As further tribute to the organization’s commitment to cultivating influence throughout the region, the CREW Detroit Board of Directors presents one deserving member with the Woman of Impact Award, nominated by the CREW Detroit board.

About CREW Detroit:
Founded in 1986, CREW Detroit is a founding chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women Network, the premier professional organization dedicated to advancing women’s success in commercial real estate. We are an organization comprised of more than 175 professional women within a growing national network of over 10,000 CREW Network members in 70+ chapters across the United States and Canada. Members of CREW represent every discipline in the commercial real estate industry including architects, attorneys, brokers, contractors, designers, developers, engineers, lenders, title agents and many others.

On both the national and chapter levels, CREW presents programs and events that promote educational and business opportunities to its members:

  • Monthly programs focus on industry issues, personal development and networking.
  • Special events – Impact Awards, CREW Careers, Annual Golf Outing – provide networking and business development opportunities.
  • Committee involvement develops desired skills – leadership, communications, management – and gives back to the community.
  • Creating opportunities for members to succeed in business, developing effective leaders, informing the industry and educating women and girls about career opportunities ensures that the commercial real estate industry remains not only a rewarding career choice but a viable industry.


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