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.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Intern Starts at SpaceLab

Micah-01   We’re proud to participate with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and Motor City Match in the City of Detroit’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent summer internship program. Our intern, Micah, is self-motivated and creative. She has experience developing graphic design and marketing materials at her high school, and she’ll be assisting us with social media and in creating our first year economic impact report.

Our coworking atmosphere exposes Micah to an entrepreneurial career path and provide an opportunity for her to interact with several business owners all in one location who can act as strong role models.

Micah is ambitious and has set many goals beyond high school, including being an entrepreneur and attending medical school to become a pediatrician or OBGYN.


Museum Building Block Sets Created by SDG Associates

By Wesley Sims
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial and Operating Officer

SDG Associates, LLC

_DSC5896 (1)   In tribute to the amazing father and founding architect, Howard F. Sims, FAIA, his son Wesley and SDG Associates, LLC are excited to announce the creation of Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History building block sets. These unique custom interlocking blocks celebrate the rich history of Howard Sims as well as the magnificent museum that his firm, known as Sims-Varner and Associates at that time, designed in the late 1990’s.

lego_old_look   This custom set includes a commemorative booklet, and lets you build the iconic museum and prized landmark of Detroit’s cultural landscape. A limited number of sets are available at the Charles H. Wright museum gift shop for purchase.

Please help us to celebrate one of Michigan’s oldest minority architecture firms, and a Detroit based business for over 50 years, as we memorialize on of its most famous works into the realm of Legomania!


Congratulations, New Leaders Council 2018 Institute Cohort

NLC 2018 cohort

Congratulations to the 20 emerging leaders who completed the 2018 New Leaders Council Institute, a six-month leadership development program for progressive young professionals. The Detroit chapter met at SpaceLab Detroit from January to June 2018.

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape. NLC has 48 chapters across the country with nearly 6,000 alumni.

We’re Giving Away Day Passes: Get It Done in a Day

We heard you! Day Passes are now available for flexible space and hot desks at SpaceLab Detroit. And for a limited time, we’re giving away a Day Pass a day. 

Just give us your contact info on the form below, and we’ll add your name to to the drawing. You can enter once per day through the contest period. The more days you enter, the more opportunities you have to win. (If you just can’t wait to find out if you’re a winner, go to Eventbrite and grab your pass right away.)

Please review and agree to SpaceLab Detroit’s Terms of Use policy.

We’ll choose one name per day, and notify the winner by email on the following day.

You’ve got a list of business to-do’s, and we’ve got the perfect space for you to check the items off that list.

Contest Rules:  Enter once per day through September 15, 2017. One name per day will be drawn, unless otherwise announced by SpaceLab Detroit/ Space Lab Development, Inc. Contestants are limited to winning only one Day Pass over a six month period. Winning Day Passes must be used within 30 days of notification to winner. SpaceLab Detroit will notify winners by email.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Good for one day only, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
  • Use of any available flexible space/hot desk seating.
  • Space is subject to availability. For your convenience, call ahead or reserve your space online.
  • Winners have 30 days from the date of notification to redeem the Day Pass. Contact SpaceLab Detroit at 313-379-7000 or with questions.
  • Please review SpaceLab Detroit’s Terms of Use policy and agree before submitting the form.

Ford Fireworks 2017: Traffic, Parking & Logistics for June 26th


As you may know, our cherished downtown, for the last 58 years has a celebration of the beautiful riverfront and a pre-celebration of our national holiday, know as the 4th of July! This year the Ford Freedom Festival aka The Detroit-Windsor International Fireworks, will be celebrated on Monday, June 26th, 2017. Click here for the official City of Detroit Guide regarding parking and road closures. Although the published info says June 27th, the accurate date is Monday, June 26th, 2017. Please see attached to govern yourselves accordingly.

*Please note that because of the early street closures and the anticipated influx of visitors to see the “Fireworks Show”, our shuttle service in the afternoon will be only be operating from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in hopes of getting you to your car prior to complete street closure at 6 pm. Again, govern yourselves accordingly.


Note: This mLive article states that parking meters will not be enforced after 5 pm, however there will be several street closures. Traffic will flow west on Congress to the Lodge Freeway. Freeways will begin to close at 6 p.m.

Check the Pre-Fireworks event sponsored by CAMBRIA on Monday, June 26, 2017.

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.

SpaceLab Welcomes 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. We’re happy to announce that they’ve opened their first Michigan office in SpaceLab Detroit. See more about the firm and their projects on their website.

Bryan Cook, who leads the Detroit team, is also president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Photos, top right: Latrice Harrison, Bryan Cook, George Berardi – Design Strategist and Managing Partner, and Chris Bruzzese – Director of Operations and Partner; bottom: Morgan Embtly, Latrice Harrison, Bryan Cook, and Mariam Okunlola 

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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