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Development in the D

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Development in the D
August 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$75 members
$125 non-members
Detroit Foundation Hotel
250 W. Larned Street
Detroit,MI48226United States

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm  //  Registration & Networking
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm  //  Announcements & Introductions
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  //  Program
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  //  General Tour and Networking, Appetizers & Drinks

Detroit Foundation Hotel
250 W. Larned Street
Detroit, MI  48226
Ample parking is available in surrounding lots and parking structures.

Program Details

The Role of Two Transformative Projects in Detroit’s Reinvention and Economic Development

Client, design and construction team members for the Detroit Foundation Hotel will present an overview of the transformation of the former 1929 Detroit Fire Department headquarters and the impact that the bourgeoning boutique hotel industry is having on the city. M-1 Rail representatives will discuss the process involved in bringing street-car transit back to Detroit after more than a 50-year absence and the Q Line’s expected role in the planning and development of the Woodward corridor.

The 100-room Detroit Foundation Hotel (replete with conference rooms, a rooftop ballroom and a restaurant), is part of a bigger bet by hoteliers to redevelop downtown buildings to offer more upscale rooms for guests and satisfy a growing national demand from younger travelers who prefer staying in urban areas.

The QLINE is an important transit milestone and a potential game changer for the Motor City Detroit’s Woodward Avenue corridor as M-1Rail reports the value of economic development, both planned and finished, alone the QLine’s 3.3 mile path is estimated at more than $7 billion.


Michael Poris, AIA, Principal
Michael Poris has been on a mission throughout his professional career to implement change in his hometown of Detroit.  Under his design leadership, McIntosh Poris Associates has transformed buildings, communities, and urban centers through interaction and dialogue.  The firm has evolved into a full-service practice focusing on architecture, interior design, and urban planning in diverse typologies and environments. Throughout the years, McIntosh Poris Associates has been sought out for its adaptive re-use practice to help save many of Detroit’s 20th-century landmark buildings, historic districts, iconic neighborhoods, and cultural treasures.


John Skok, LEED AP, Senior Associate
Since joining McIntosh Poris Associates in 2001, John has led and completed numerous projects involving adaptive reuse, historic preservation, multi-family housing, public and cultural spaces, as well as many residences and offices throughout Metropolitan Detroit.  John is currently directing the Architecture and Interior Design for the Buhl Sport Adaptive Reuse offices and banquet facility project, currently under construction, and the block development project of 640 Temple Avenue, which is in Schematic Design.  John recently completed the Detroit Foundation Hotel, the Country Club of Detroit renovations in Grosse Pointe Farms, and the Woodward Grand artist lofts in Midtown Detroit.


Todd Sachse, CEO and Founder
Todd Sachse is CEO and Founder of Sachse Construction and Co-Founder of Broder & Sachse Real Estate. For over 25 years, Todd has developed a loyal clientele of high-end customers who require detailed expertise in design and construction. As a result, he has driven Sachse Construction to successfully complete millions of square feet of commercial, institutional, multi-family and industrial projects throughout North America. Some of his most notable recent projects involve historic restorations, tenant improvements, and new construction in Detroit’s burgeoning downtown, including The Scott at Brush Park, Meridian Health Plan’s headquarters at One Campus Martius, the Nike Community store on Woodward Avenue, and major renovations to the Detroit Athletic Club.


Kevin Blind, Vice President of Commercial Operations
Kevin Blind is responsible for the firm’s overall operations, including achieving business objectives, meeting customer commitments, and delivering construction projects on time and within budget. Kevin has 23 years of construction experience and has been a team member since 2010. Some of Kevin’s notable projects include the renovation of the M@dison building, One Woodward, Meridian Health Plan’s Headquarters, Federal Mogul Corporation’s Headquarters, and the historic buildout of the Detroit Foundation Hotel.


Bob Lambert, General Manager
After working for 20 years with Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham branded hotels in Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, Bob joined the Aparium Hotel Group and started working at the Detroit Foundation Hotel this past March. Bob’s experience growing up in Germany, living above the steakhouse that his family operated, helped formulate his philosophy and belief that “we are here to serve.”  During his tenure as a general manager at a Marriott hotel in St. Louis, the hotel was the #1 rated hotel in the market on Trip Advisor.


Sommer Woods, Vice President of External Relations
As the Vice President of External Relations for M-1 Rail, Sommer Woods’ responsibilities include workforce development, community engagement/inclusion, governmental relations and minority/Detroit-based business procurement. Sommer was the city’s Film, Culture and Special Events Director for former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration. In this role, she managed the city’s film-related efforts and coordinated all aspects of special events, including permitting, serving as the liaison with government officials, event logistics, tactical operations and community and business outreach and engagement.


$75 members  //  $125 non-members
drinks and appetizers included