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Howard F. Sims

Partner, SDG Associates
www.simsdesigngroup.com

BS, University of Michigan
M.Arch, University of Michigan

Howard Sims is the founder and chairman of SDG Associates, LLC, an architectural and planning firm founded in 1964. Since 1964, Mr. Sims has directed the efforts of the firm and individual project teams within the firm on scores of cultural, institutional, transportation, residential, and planning projects. Many projects under his direct project planning have been cited by professional and technical societies for outstanding building design. His architectural firm is noted for many distinguished and award winning buildings including The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and The Cobo Hall Convention and Exhibition Center. Clients of the firm are numerous and include The University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College, General Motors Corporation, The City of Detroit and The City of Atlanta. Recent projects under his direction include the new Museum of African American History, the School of Social Work for the University of Michigan, the redevelopment and expansion of the campus of the University of Michigan – Dearborn, and the historic Stroh River Place development, Terminal Facilities – Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a current Emeritus Member, Howard was elevated in 1977 to the College of Fellows. In 1988 he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal of The Detroit Chapter.

SDG Associates
SDG, formerly Sims-Varner & Associates, is a comprehensive and diversified architectural, engineering and planning firm with over four decades of leadership experience. Since its inception in 1964, SDG has experienced phenomenal growth in revenue as well as project volume. With cumulative construction costs in excess of $2.5 billion, SDG has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to sustain client confidence with cutting edge design, economical construction and efficient administration.

SDG takes a leadership role in the concept design and development phases of the planning process. SDG’s team of experienced architects will review and analyze with the client the site and building program to assure there is a common understanding of the intent of the program. Once a thorough analysis is completed, SDG works with the construction document staff and engineers to assure the approved design intent is carried out on time and within budget. The design philosophy for all its projects is structured around a belief that each project’s design solution is developed from the problems to be solved, the character and aspirations of the client and the context of the building. The result of applying this philosophy is guaranteed client satisfaction and design excellence, endorsed by numerous local and national organizations. Those project awards include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Public Works Associations, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Masonry Institute of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Precast Concrete Institute.

Select Projects 2009-2011
McMichael Middle School, Detroit, MI
Dow Engineering Library & Media Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Angell Hall Student Computing Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan State University Indoor Football Facility, East Lansing, MI
University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI
Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI
Inkster Elementary School, Inkster, MI

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio
www.seavitt.com

M.Arch, Princeton University
B.Arch, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union
B.S. University of Michigan

Catherine Seavitt was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She also holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the City College of New York. She is a registered architect in New York State and a LEED accredited professional. Seavitt received the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, 1997-98, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, 2001-02. She currently teaches architectural design at Princeton University and landscape architecture design at the City College of New York. Seavitt established her own practice, an interdisciplinary studio premised on the collaborative integration of architecture, landscape, and public infrastructure, in January 2003. Current research includes collaboration with Guy Nordenson and Adam Yarinsky on the book On the Water: Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010), presenting the findings of the 2007 FAIA Latrobe Prize research grant, an infrastructural and ecological study and master plan proposal for the Upper Bay of New York and New Jersey given the effects of sea level rise. This work served as the inspiration for the workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents,” which opened at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010, and was exhibited as part of the U. S. Pavilion exhibition Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice at the 2010 Biennale di Architettura in Venice, Italy. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the public gardens of Roberto Burle Marx in Brazil and Venezuela, studying issues of pattern, scale, and the modernist landscape.

Catherine Seavitt Studio
Catherine Seavitt Studio, an interdisciplinary practice premised on the collaborative integration of architecture, landscape, and public infrastructure. Current research includes collaboration with Guy Nordenson and Adam Yarinsky on the book On the Water: Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010), presenting the findings of the 2007 FAIA Latrobe Prize research grant, an infrastructural and ecological study and master plan proposal for the Upper Bay of New York and New Jersey given the effects of sea level rise. This work served as the inspiration for the workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents,” which opened at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010, and is currently on exhibit as part of the U. S. Pavilion exhibition Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice at the 2010 Biennale di Architettura in Venice, Italy.

Select Projects 2009-2011
Sustainable master plan for the Princeton University
Floating Public Park proposal for Chicago
Green Streets landings of five new pedestrian bridges in Manhattan

Ed Schulak

President, ES Equities LLC

M.Arch, Rhode Island School of Design
B.A, Rhode Island School of Design

Ed Schulak is an architect, entrepreneur, national real estate developer, inventor and international business leader in both foreign trade and commodities. Schulak graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture. He also attended St. Johns College of Classical Studies and the Rackham College of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. He was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and licensed as an architect in fourteen states. He has numerous patents in energy conservation and refrigeration and is published and has presented papers for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers. Schulak was co-founder of Metro International Trade Services LLC; the firm is one of the largest logistics and warehouse providers for metal in the world. He also co-founded LiteLaser, LLC, a company that developed a new generation of CO2 lasers, and International Airport Centers which pioneered and developed air cargo parks throughout the United States.

Metro International Trade Services LLC
Metro is a leading global warehouse operator, specializing in the storage of non-ferrous metals for the London Metal Exchange. It stores the following products: Aluminum, Aluminum Alloy, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Plastic, Steel, Tin, Zinc, Plastic Resin & Steel Billet. Metro can be found throughout the world in strategic locations, for greater availability to both producers and end-users as well as lower transit times and costs.

Edward Schulak Hobbs & Black
Edward Schulak Hobbs & Black in Southfield, MI is a private company categorized under Architects. Our records show it was established in 1986 and incorporated in Michigan. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $1 to 2.5 million and employs a staff of approximately 5 to 9.

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