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  Lee Steel Corporate OfficesLee Steel Corporate Offices

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator

D.J. Maltese Construction
888 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Architecture & Interior Design

Davis & Davis Interior Design
30500 Northwestern Highway, #311, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

General Description

Location: Novi, Michigan Date Bid: Oct 2010
Construction Period: Nov 2010 to Aug 2011 
Total Square Feet:
15,781 Site: 2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: Warehouse, 6,354; first floor, 9,427; total, 15,781 square feet.
Building Height: Warehouse, 28’; Offices, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Concrete. Exterior Walls: Wood.  Roof: Single ply roof on metal deck. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, glass.

Construction Team

Architecture & Interior Design: Davis & Davis Interior Design - 30500 Northwestern Highway, #311, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Structural Engineer: Paradis Associates, Inc. - 604 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Berbiglia Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers - 36400 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Interior Furnishing Associate: Facility Matrix Group - 555 Friendly Street, Pontiac, MI 48341

In the summer of 2010, Davis & Davis Interior Design had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Zack Taylor, owner of Lee Steel Corporation. Mr. Taylor had recently purchased a building in Novi, Michigan for the new site of his corporate office and was working with interior furnishing associates, Facility Matrix Group.

Through meeting and discussing his ideas for the space, it became clear Mr. Taylor was looking for a state-of-the-art office environment that not only supported his staff, but also infused a modern, futuristic atmosphere for clients. He had a unique challenge for the design team: NO exposed wood products. The Taylor family has owned and operated Lee Steel Corporation for over 60 years and has established itself as a leader in cutting-edge technology and a reliable source for quality steel products. The new office needed to reflect the company's success and innovation in their industry.

During the design process, Davis & Davis introduced a number of unique and modern elements such as back-lit LED wall panels, stainless steel mesh curtain walls, thirty-foot long skylights, large format textured glass tiles and floating acrylic panel ceilings. After the initial programming, space planning and preliminary design phases, the team presented the design concept with a number of 3-D photo-realistic renderings that showed Mr. Taylor what it would be like to stand in the finished space. With his enthusiastic approval, Davis & Davis spent about four months creating and developing a 100+ sheet set of fully engineered construction drawings to clearly define each detail and material going in the space.

That following fall the owner and project team met with D.J. Maltese, the construction manager, who has worked with Lee Steel on various projects over the past three decades. D.J. Maltese reviewed the scope of the project and developed an estimate for the complex build-out. Since this was such a custom project, there were several specialized details and field conditions that needed attention from sub-contractors prior to construction. Once the final budget was determined, an eight-month schedule was set in place and D. J. Maltese began construction in November of 2010.

Throughout the construction phase, Davis & Davis continued to work with Facility Matrix Group to specify high-end, ultramodern furnishings for the space. Furnishings include a back-painted glass conference table, futuristic lounge chairs, sleek executive desks and, of course, steel elements such as end tables and workstation panels.

The end result is a modern, innovative and cutting-edge office environment, particularly unique to the region. It successfully reflects Lee Steel's company culture, as well as their future success. Mr. Taylor and his staff are very pleased with the outcome and have received numerous accolades from clients.

Product Information
Roof: Firestone
Daylighting/Skylights: Wasco

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