Detroit — Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the city this month. The firm, which offers a broad scope of civil engineering, surveying, planning and landscape architectural services, has dedicated itself to the revitalization of the city and the region by providing forward-thinking solutions focused on improving overall quality of life.
“Our move downtown in 1995 was considered risky at that time,” said Scott Clein, P.E., LEED, AP, president of Giffels Webster, “but it helped us establish the deep connections throughout southeast Michigan. We have learned that what we do is really secondary to the fact that we can, and do, positively impact people’s lives every day. We’re passionate about improving quality of life in Detroit and other communities alike.”
Giffels Webster moved to Detroit with a passion for building communities and a plan to diversify its service offerings. It has since used its holistic approach to help bring the city’s aging infrastructure into the 21st century, rejuvenate neglected private buildings and public spaces, and has co-developed major initiatives such as the city’s non-motorized transportation plan.
Key Detroit projects and places impacted by Giffels Webster’s expertise include:
- Comerica Park and Ford Field
- Brush Park
- Garden Theatre and Woodward Garden Apartments
- Southwest Detroit Greenlink
- The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
- Campus Martius
- Detroit Medical Center Pediatric Specialty Center
- David Whitney Building
- Dozens of Residential Developments in Capital Park, Midtown and the CBD
- Whole Foods Detroit
- “The Z” Parking Garage
Giffels Webster is on the forefront of introducing innovative solutions to problems plaguing communities throughout the region. The company is currently working with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) on the design of a large commercial pilot project on the city’s east side that will eliminate stormwater discharge into the city’s sewer system through the use of green/blue infrastructure. Giffels Webster is also an advocate of complete streets – roadways that are accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles – having recently completed designs for the first protected bike lane in the state, which will be installed on East Jefferson.