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Gresham Smith Announces Expansion into the Detroit Metropolitan Area

DETROIT, MI — Gresham Smith, a national architecture and engineering firm, expands its operations into the Detroit metropolitan area. The firm's office is located in the Southfield Town Center.

Gresham Smith is currently designing facilities for numerous automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturers and suppliers, including Ultium Cells, a joint venture of General Motors and LG Energy Solution; NextStar Energy, a joint venture of Stellantis and LG Energy Solution; L-H Battery Company, a joint venture between Honda and LG Energy Solution; Envision AESC; Duksan Electera America; and LG Chem. Additionally, Gresham Smith has delivered projects in Michigan for a variety of other clients, including Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, and McLaren Greater Lansing hospital.

"Loving where you work, who you're working with, and what you're working on is important to us, which is why we strive to create a culture that fosters collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity," said Rodney Chester, CEO and Board Chair of Gresham Smith. "Detroit's legacy as a center of manufacturing excellence, as well as the area's strong colleges and universities, means there is tremendous talent in the region."

The office will be led by Charles Poat, AIA, LEED AP, a Vice President who recently joined the firm's Industrial market. He has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on projects. Poat is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Engineering Society of Detroit, and he previously served as former Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Chapter.

The Detroit team also recently welcomed Henry Montague, P.E., a Senior Mechanical Engineer with more than three decades of experience designing mechanical systems for a variety of project types. Montague is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers and serves on the Capstone Project Student Advisory Board at Lawrence Technological University.

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