Office & Mixed Use Portfolio

McKinley Towne Centre (MTC)

McKinley, a large locally-based national real estate management firm, purchased this 130,000 SF former TCF Bank office building with the intention to redevelop it into a mixed use facility that made a much greater contribution to the liveliness of downtown Ann Arbor. About 4,500 SF of retail space was added, and about 6,000 SF of covered parking were enclosed to add retail space at ground level. Lobbies and other common areas were renovated, and windows were added into the former bank branch to enhance its street presence. The renovated building was able to land the most high profile tenant coming to Ann Arbor in years, Google, as well as other prominent tenants including Bodman (law firm), Bar Louie, AT&T, and Salsaritas (since replaced with Tio’s). Although Google has since moved to another building, their space was quickly filled with other growing tech firms.

MTC Liberty

Just down the street from McKinley Towne Centre, McKinley purchased another building with a checkered history: in this case a failed former food court (since replaced with offices, but vacant at the time of purchase) below a public parking structure; also included was a long-closed bank building. The outdated bank building was extensively renovated with a new façade, and the building interior completely redone to accommodate multiple new tenants including Tomukun, FedEx Office, and Menlo Innovations. CDI also provided architectural services for many of the tenant renovations.

United Bank & Trust

United Bank & Trust opened its new Dexter, MI branch in 2001. CDI provided full services from shepherding the project through the approvals process, to building and site design, and through construction.

Tech Center

These renderings were for a new office building, in the parking lot of an older building on the edge of downtown Ann Arbor, on a complicated site with extensive flood plain and easement issues. The owner decided the market wasn’t ready for new office construction yet, and ended up selling the site. CDI had also provided frequent services on tenant spaces in the older building.


Pondview is an office and research & development structure on the south side of Ann Arbor. It houses the headquarters of NuStep, a developer of low impact step exerciser products. The building was designed to maximize views to the pond and surrounding landscaping.

Bank/Office Bldg

The Flagstar Business Center is a new 3-story building that was proposed for downtown Ann Arbor. The project, now canceled, was to house a bank branch and mortgage office for Flagstar, as well as speculative office space. This rendering shows the schematic design.

Surovell Tecumseh

Cornerstone Design has worked with Surovell Realtors (now Howard Hanna) on renovations of several of their realty offices in the Ann Arbor area. This project involved an exterior renovation of their historic building in Tecumseh, Michigan, including new windows and awnings, and selection of new paint colors.

GW Kent Entry

This office and warehouse building in Ypsilanti had an original entry canopy that was dark, leaky, and unattractive for a thriving company supplying beer and wine making equipment. CDI designed a new entry canopy that expresses the workmanship of the company’s products.

Michigan Heart Reception & Waiting Area

Michigan Heart consolidated three suites to use a single reception and waiting area, for ease of customer wayfinding and improved efficiency of operations. The new lobby needed to be warm and comforting for patients and their families coming in for critical medical care.

Red Spot Addition

Red Spot Paint & Varnish needed to expand their paint factory in Westland, MI. They hired Cornerstone Design to design office and lunchroom additions that embodied the high tech image they wanted to convey to customers for their unique paint lines.

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