PEA Group Receives CREW Impact Award

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On December 3, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit honored PEA Group’s work at the Stellantis Mack Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The PEA Group team was presented the Impact Award in the Renovation/Adaptive Reuse Category at the annual CREW Impact Awards Gala. Approximately 300 professionals attended the event at One Campus Martius to honor three of the year’s most impactful developments. A special year for CREW as they celebrated their 35th anniversary.

PEA Group led the site design and engineering efforts for the renovation and expansion of the Stellantis facility on Detroit’s east side. The project is the largest and most complex project PEA Group has been involved with to date. The project involved over 80 PEA Group team members, including Civil Engineers, Landscape Architects, Geotechnical Engineers, Professional Surveyors, and support staff. This Stellantis development is the first new assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and makes them the only automaker to have an assembly plant located entirely within the City of Detroit limits. Led by CREW member and Senior Project Manager, Rachel Smith, PE, LEED AP, the project included the renovation of two existing automotive plants totaling over 1,900,000 square feet, construction of a new 358,000 square foot paint shop building, and other building additions, as well as site improvements to existing features.

The new facility has already had a transformational impact on the neighborhood with improvements such as redeveloping acres of vacant and often blighted properties; installing over 1,100 trees; green stormwater management installations including a community stormwater basin and park, native landscaping, and habitat installations; as well as new jobs for nearby Detroiters. The plant will create 3,850 new jobs in both production and skilled trades, in which preferential hiring was given to the immediate neighborhood. In partnership with the City, Stellantis is investing $35 million directly into neighborhood improvements, housing, workforce development, education and training programs, and environmental initiatives.

The CREW Detroit Impact Awards recognize projects in Detroit and the Southern Michigan region that are both unique and have positively impacted the community. The awards recognize one new construction project, one renovation/adaptive reuse project, and one special impact project (new or renovation) that significantly improves their surrounding communities. This year, CREW received 19 entries, their most submissions to date.

Congratulations to Rachel Smith, and the rest of the design team on receiving this important recognition!

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