SpaceLab Members are making lasting impressions on Detroit

LOUIS FISHER, AIA, NOMA is celebrating his 40th year of living in Detroit and practicing architecture in the city. Louis owns Architecture & Urban Design, PC, and was project architect for the U.S. Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums in Queens, NY (with Rossetti), the 1980’s expansion of Cobo Center in Detroit (with Sims-Varner) and designer for many other projects in Detroit. Louis is currently the national treasurer for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).


BERARDI +, with Detroit Director Bryan Cook, NOMA, AIA (left) and his team, continues to offer architectural and design services for several Motor City Match and Motor City Re-Store retail and restaurant projects.


VM3 CONSULTING CORP. has been recognized as a Diversity Focused Company by Corp! magazine. Led by founder and CEO Alisha Moss, VM3 helps clients jumpstart diversity programs by providing strategies that will ingrain diversity into their organizations. As a small, minority, woman-owned strategic management consulting firm, VM3 understands the importance of diversity and the difficulty of implementing it into corporate culture.

A Summer of Learning, Growing and Coworking

Micah Womack is a 17-year-old rising senior at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory at Northwestern High School. Next summer she graduates, but this summer she spent six weeks as an intern at SpaceLab through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) program. As a Motor City Match (MCM) business, SpaceLab was excited to participate through GDYT and MCM’s partnership. Micah wrote the post below at the end of her internship with us. We’ll be posting more of her work – interviews that she conducted with SpaceLab’s Bobby Burton and some of our coworking member companies – and we hope to work with her again.

Today I’m here to tell you about my summer. This summer was amazing; I couldn’t ask for a better one. While kids my age were staying up late I had to go to bed at 10. While the kids my age were out late, I was in the house getting ready for the next day.

Micah was encouraged to read about professionals who are excelling.

My favorite part of my summer was the first day I walked into SpaceLab. I was welcomed, and I felt like this where I belong in the future. Working at SpaceLab is something I love doing. I met new people and learned new things. I can honestly can say I learned a lot from this wonderful experience. Before this job I couldn’t tell you one thing about architecture, now I can give you a thousand and one facts about it.

I have learned about new websites that I never heard of: Eventbrite, Hootsuite, Doodle and many more. Everyone who knows me knows I love to work on Canva, but I actually didn’t use Canva that much. I learned to use different websites such as the ones I just named. I also learned how to set up Lunch and Learns and to set up calendars for sharing and coordinating events. This workplace has shown me a lot, and not just all on the computer. I learned about different companies and what they do, when they first became a company, and about the people.

The people who I was surrounded with this summer, who work in SpaceLab, were amazing. Every morning I was greeted with a “Hello” or “Good morning.” When I first started out, I felt like I was just going to work and wanted to get it over with. But as I really got used to it, I actually loved waking up in the morning, taking a 30-minute bus ride and a 5-minute walk just to get here.

Micah with SDG Associates VP Wesley Sims after she completed The Wright Museum building block set.

There are a lot of wonderful people walking about in SpaceLab. They’re always smiling and working. I didn’t think that I would gain so much information, but before I left I learned different things from Berardi+ (architecture firm), from WolfVR (virtual reality company), and from SDG (architecture firm). I wish I could have interviewed everyone, but I kind of read everyone from the way they dressed, walked, or smiled. If I could go down the list and name everybody in this building I would, but here are the ones I’ll remember most: Louis, Michal, Mark, Bryan, Naomi, Valentina, Melvin, Andrew, and Ms. Doreen. For the most part, I’m going to really miss Mrs. Karen and Mr. Bobby. Since I’ve been here, they have made this job experience amazing – they taught me so much.

Mrs. Karen taught me always follow your heart and your dreams, and everything will fall in place. Mr. Bobby taught me to believe in yourself even when nobody does, and never let anybody’s opinion change your thought or opinion on something. I just want to thank them for this experience that they gave me. They really showed me a lot. They took me on a wonderful college tour and showed me different aspects of the school and business life.

Thank y’all for having me around for these amazing six weeks. I’m going to truly miss y’all and being here.

Davis Corporate Solutions Opens Office at SpaceLab


Adam Davis and Natalie Davis are partnering with organizations to create productive corporate, healthcare and education environments. Davis Corporate Solutions is the Michigan territory representative for OFS Brands, Carvart, and Visual Magnetics, and represented the furniture brands specified at SpaceLab Detroit.

News Release: Coworking Space for Built Environment Professionals Opens in Detroit, Introduces New Members

Brenda V. Peek
Peak Communications Group

Karen Burton
SpaceLab Detroit


DETROIT, June 2017 – SpaceLab Detroit celebrated its grand opening with nearly 200 guests in the company’s newly constructed 5200 square foot office at 607 Shelby Street in downtown Detroit, just two blocks from Cobo Center. Members of the city’s built environment community – real estate brokers and developers, architects, interior designers, engineers, builders, urban planners, artists – and other professionals toured the coworking and executive office space that features services and amenities unique to the design and building industry.

SpaceLab Detroit owners describe the business as “next-level coworking”: many members have been in business for 20 years or more, and the office design incorporates higher-end furniture and finishes that more established companies desire. SpaceLab offers an affordable opportunity for independent business owners to share prime, downtown office space with some of the city’s most influential corporations and organizations.

Office amenities include a materials library, a large-format plotter for printing construction drawings, video conferencing, along with a community kitchen and three meeting rooms – including a glass-enclosed conference and event space. Educational and networking events and room rentals are available to members and non-members. A render farm for computer-generated imagery will soon be available.

SpaceLab is accepting applications for monthly memberships. Monthly pricing options begin at $40 for use of the conference rooms and library to choices of shared work areas and desk rentals and private offices.

Michal Catari, owner of Wolf Virtual Reality, LLC, a 3D visualization and virtual production company, says of his experience as a SpaceLab member, “In the last four weeks, Wolf VR has conducted more than seven introductory meetings and increased its clients by more than five new customers. The opportunities at SpaceLab are tremendous. Spacelab and its members are all contributing to transform and shape a brighter future for Detroit.” Wolf VR’s mission is to visually capture their client’s imagination, looking through their eyes, and desires into reality.

Other member companies include:

Berardi + Partners: Headquartered in Ohio, Berardi + Partners is a full service, multi-disciplinary architecture, interior design, and engineering firm with over 40 years of experience. They’ve located their first Michigan office in SpaceLab Detroit. Bryan Cook leads the Detroit team and is also president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Minority Architects.

Davis Corporate Solutions: Partnering with organizations to create productive corporate, healthcare and education environments, Davis Corporate Solutions is the Michigan territory representative for OFS Brands, Carvart, and Visual Magnetics, and was the sales representative for furniture at SpaceLab.

Architecture & Urban Design, PC: A&UD believes that architecture is art that makes a difference in people’s lives – art that must be useful and make good use of the limited resources of the Earth. A&UD has been a part of Detroit’s evolution and reconstruction for nearly two decades, and continues to provide architecture with the assistance of creative and culturally diverse staff that reflect the strength of our community.

Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative: UEI facilitates the creation of innovative, sustainable business solutions to important urban problems. Over the last four years, the non-profit organization has hosted symposia in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Flint, convening entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government.

Building Industry Resources, LLC: BIR offers social media, marketing and business development services to encourage and assist firms and professionals to reach their full potential. With years of technical and business experience in the design and building industry, BIR offers clients an insider’s view to markets, clients and competition.

Whatever Technology Group: This information technology start-up caters to the computer and technical needs of small businesses and provides affordable quality service for personal technology needs.

SpaceLab Detroit is owned by Space Lab Development, led by husband and wife team Bobby and Karen Burton. Karen is an architectural designer, marketing consultant and member of the National Association of Women in Construction, National Organization of Minority Architects, and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Bobby is an accountant former IT executive with a national bank.

SpaceLab is a Round 4 City of Detroit Motor City Match Space awardee and was awarded a cash grant in Round 7.

For more information about SpaceLab Detroit membership, see



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SpaceLab Awarded Detroit Motor City Match Grant

Imagine our excitement when we got the call! SpaceLab Detroit was one of 13 business awarded a cash grant through Round 7 of the Motor City Match program, a unique partnership between the City of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

We’re proud to be part of the “new culture of entrepreneurism,” described by Mayor Mike Duggan, “where Detroiters are realizing their dream of opening their own businesses to provide residents access to more goods and services…” Read more in the Motor City Match press release.

WXYZ the Ch. 7 Video

Ten of the 13 businesses awarded a total of $500,000 in Motor City Match grants are women-owned – including SpaceLab Detroit – as reported in Crain’s Detroit Business. Last July, we were a Round 4 Space Award winner through the program. The Space Award connects “new or existing businesses with top available Detroit real estate and financial planning assistance.”

See more on this quarterly awards  program, the presentations, and the award winners on mLive and Deadline Detroit.

Clockwise from top left: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talks about the impact of Motor City Match; Mike Rafferty, DEGC vice president of small business development, presents the awardees; Karen and Bobby Burton show off the award; Karen with Felicia Maxwell, owner of Fit4Life; Bobby with Ederique Gouda, owner of Gabriel Hall; the recognition ceremony took place at Lil Brilliant Mindz, a Round 4 award winner.