Lunch and Learn: Interactive Building Code Education

Allegion invites you to participate in one of their most popular programs, Code Jeopardy. The course is delivered in an interactive game format, and discusses ADA requirements, occupancy classification codes, Fire and Life Safety codes, and the hardware that can provide for the needs of an owner while also complying with applicable codes. Course Objectives:
– Identify requirements for accessible openings according to the ADA
– State code requirements for means of egress
– Specify opening products that meet fire code requirements
– Discuss code requirements for electrical hardware products
(1 HSW Continuing Education Hour)

Date: Jan. 31, 2023

Time: 12 noon – 1 pm

Audience: Architects, contractors, builders, interior designers, specifiers, property and facility managers, building owners

Complete 3 short questions to let us know your role in the design and construction industry to get an invitation. Tell us your role in the industry for an invitation >

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6 ways to Observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  1. Spend the day in service to others. Volunteer with your favorite community organization or non-profit.
  2. Read some of Dr. King’s writings, like his Call for Economic Justice in The Nation magazine (includes the quote above), or the works mentioned on an episode of WDET’s Detroit Today last week. 
  3. Visit The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and experience “And Still We Rise,” an exhibit that “offers a comprehensive look at the history of African-American resilience.” Not in Detroit? Check out these lists of museums from Essence magazine and Wikipedia focused on the African American experience.
  4. Check out these podcast: Hidden in Plain SiteArchitecture Is Political, and Code Switch.
  5. Read about I-375 in DetroitBruce Beach in Manhattan Beach, California and other efforts toward social justice. Ponder whether these moves are restorative, reparative, and can close the racial wealth gap.
  6. Watch Selma (on Hulu), 13TH (on Netflix), and Eyes on the Prize (on HBOMax).

18 Detroit City Walls Artists Exhibit Work in 2-Day Showcase

The City of Detroit General Services Department – Parks and Recreation Division and SpaceLab Detroit (with partner H&P Protection Services) celebrated Detroit City Walls Artists and the work they created to beautify the city’s neighborhoods and rec centers.

The City Walls program launched in the Summer of 2017. The initiative integrates a multifaceted approach to enhancing public space by focusing on an essential urban element: the city wall. The goals of the program are to highlight the values and the identity of the communities where art work is being created, empower Detroit artists, and to provide a positive cost benefit to the public via art versus the cost of blight remediation.

At the showcase, artists exhibited and offered additional work for sale at the former workspace of late artist, muralist, and sculptor Charles McGee November 18th and 19th. Now named Design Studio 6, the studio, creative event space, gallery and retail shop is owned by April McGee Flournoy, McGee’s daughter. Mr. McGee was a pioneer of Detroit’s Black art culture from the 1950s through 2021. In 2017 Marygrove College designated the area as the Charles McGee Community Commons.

See work below and click through to see additional art available for purchase and contact information for each artist. Art makes perfect holiday gifts!

Exhibiting artists by column, top to bottom:

  • Waleed Johnson (2021 Artists-in-Residence)
  • Zachary Arrington
  • Fel’le
  • Trae Isaac
  • Aaron Mickens
  • Andrea Slomczenski
  • Miranda Kyle (2021 Artists-in-Residence)
  • Marlo Broughton
  • Jason Garcia
  • Torrence Jayye
  • Chris Pizana
  • Richard Wilson
  • Brandon Marshall (2021 Artists-in-Residence)
  • Donald Calloway
  • Erica Husted
  • Jesse Kassel
  • Nick Pizana
  • Caleb Foerg

Meet Mari Byrd

Mail Coordinator and Office Assistant at SpaceLab | Owner of Accessories by Gigi

In November, Mari Byrd joined the team at SpaceLab Detroit to assist with our growing virtual office and mail service. She has quickly become a valuable part of our entire community, helping to nurture our welcoming atmosphere.

Mari Byrd

Mari is an entrepreneur; she owns Accessories by Gigi and is designing and developing a line of high-end handbags. The company’s new website will be live soon. (Ask her about “Full Circle.”). See her discussion with NextOpp Social on Embracing Small Beginnings on the Way to Merchandising Success.

Previously, Mari was Business Liaison for Detroit’s District 2, working with Councilman Roy McCalister, Jr., connecting with and assisting business owners in problem solving, identifying opportunities for capital, talent resources, and business support from various City Departments. Her professional experience also includes managing art galleries at Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion and consulting as an event planner.

New! Content Creation Rooms

All new! Content Creation Spaces are available in downtown Detroit. Reserve rooms for: podcasting, video interviews, training and online course videos, photo shoots, social media content and more.

Special Introductory Rate for Non-Members of SpaceLab: $50/hour.

SpaceLab Members can include content studios as part of their monthly meeting room booking.

HD webcams, microphones, lighting, black and white backdrops, and green and blue screens are available for use with rental. Camera equipment not yet available for rent.

Contact us at info@spacelabdetroit.com or 313-379-7000 for more information, for a tour, or to book space.

SpaceLab at Work: Meet Madison

Who’s the new face at SpaceLab. Madison joined us about 6 months ago as a high school intern and Mail Associate. She makes sure all of the mail we receive is sorted and distributed professionally. Madison is organized and very meticulous is her work and is a great addition to the SpaceLab team.

A rising senior in Detroit, Madison says math is her favorite subject, and she is an integral member of her school’s robotics team. Madison joined the team because she wanted to build something. “I wanted (my) creativity to flow on a physical project.” She wasn’t able to participate in robotics when she was in middle school, but was persistent in joining the high school team. She proudly reports that her Renaissance team has participated in state competition and world competitions.

Madison plans to combine her love for robotics and engineering with architecture. Since working at SpaceLab, she’s been introduced to many architects, real estate professionals, and others who’ve given advice and shared experiences that can help her along her career journey. Madison hopes to attend college in California or Florida, and one personal and professional goal is to have a hand in making her parent’s dream come true by designing a new home for them.

Got PPP Questions? Here are a few answers

SpaceLab’s COO Bobby Burton answers a few FAQs on the SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The deadline to apply has been extended to May 21, 2021.

The questions are being answered based on our company’s experience. Consult with your accountant, banker or the SBA directly to get answers for your individual business.

Who is eligible for PPP?

Any business with 500 or less employees is eligible to file. The Biden administration just opened the program to independent contractors and sole proprietors.

How do I apply?

The primary means to apply is through your business bank. If you don’t have a business bank, the best place to apply is community banks like Level One or First Independence.

How much money can I receive?

The formula that is used is 2.5 times your monthly payroll. If your payroll is $2000, then you will be eligible for $5000 through PPP.

Is PPP a loan program?

It is, but the loan can be forgiven and become a grant. There is a forgiveness process that you must complete. The rules change, so it will depend on the rules when you apply for forgiveness.

Featured photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Get out of the house to a safe workspace environment

When you need to get away for a web meeting, conference call or just for a quiet space to get work done, SpaceLab Detroit has your flexible office solutions:

Day Passes $20
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM

See our safe workspace guidelines: build, create, innovate – safely.

More productivity options:

DeskPass Membership:
12 Day Passes* $200 + Member rates on meeting rooms
*Use one Day Pass per month, all 12 in one month, or any way in between


 Conference Room Rental with cutting-edge tech amenities


Monthly Desk and Private Office Memberships with short-term options

Call (313) 379-7000 or email us for more details. Book a tour.

Female Founders Promo Book

We’re thrilled to be a part of Rebel Nell’s Female Founders Promo Book – a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned businesses! Enjoy discounts at 35 of your favorite small businesses. With a value of over $500 and discount codes that are valid for one year, what’s not to love!

By purchasing this book and frequenting the establishments included in it, you’re investing in women’s economic empowerment, vibrant communities, and the growth of the overall community in Detroit.

Female Founders Promo Book

The Female Founders Promo Book, curated by Rebel Nell, is a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned small businesses. Included in this promotional book are discounts to over 35 women owned businesses in Detroit. Value: over $500. Discount codes are valid through 02/28/2022. Promo Book: $35 + $2 shipping

$37.00

Promo Books can also be purchased at SpaceLab Detroit (downtown).

Thank you to Amy and Diana, the fabulous female founders of Rebel Nell, for curating this book and inviting SpaceLab to participate. Rebel Nell provides employment, equitable opportunity, and wraparound support for women with barriers to employment. Read more about their artful mission here.

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BAGS TO BUTTERFLIES

BEA’S DETROIT

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BLACK GIRL MATHGIC

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DETROIT EXPERIENCE FACTORY

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ILERA APOTHECARY

KAIVI JEWELRY

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LOVE TRAVELS IMPORTS

MARROW

MOTOR CITY WOMAN

NATURALICIOUS

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QUETARSHE TEXTILES

REBEL NELL

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TERRI’S CAKES

THE CONGREGATION

THE PEACOCK ROOM

THE ROYCE DETROIT

THE VEGAN MARY

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