Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 178
Institutional | SPENCE BROTHERS
project is only eight inches from an adjacent
building, while the west end actually touches a neighboring apartment complex.
When the project team started the
concrete work, "We were behind schedule"
due to weather impacts, he says, but they
persevered. "Not only were they able to perform that complicated work, they were able
to make up for a month on the schedule."
The Six11 is another project approaching
$40 million and will stand 14 stories when
it is finished this August. Although the
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178,277-square-foot building does not have
living units as high end as Hub Ann Arbor,
it does come with an array of fine features,
These will include a fitness center on
its top floor, along with a terrace seating
area and fire pits. Six11 also will boast a
penthouse unit with panoramic views, a
two-story open area for patios and lounges,
and ground-floor retail.
Smith notes that the process of building
Six11 has been similar to Hub Ann Arbor's
construction. "We're building sidewalk to
sidewalk and on the other side, building
to building," he says. "In these areas, you
have sidewalks you can't close and lanes
you can't close." Smith notes that the project
team has to cope even as it receives 20 deliveries each day. "The site logistics in general
are the biggest challenges."
Smith predicts that Spence Brothers is going to take on more projects like Hub Ann Arbor and Six11 after they are finished. "There
are several more student housing, high-rise
projects in the works," Smith observes. "It's
definitely a market that's going to be going at
the rate it is at for three or four more years."
Herb Spence is proud of his team at Spence
Brothers. "Everybody that works here knows
that we work very hard," he says, adding that
this philosophy has allowed the company to
grow and survive over the years.
Spence Brothers sets itself apart
by doing its own concrete work
on many projects.