Renovated Office in Royal Oak Becomes Latest GMB Learning Hub

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GMB Architecture + Engineering (GMB), a 55-year-old education-focused design firm, has opened a Learning Hub on the 2nd floor of 1041 S Main Street in Royal Oak, Michigan. Stepping away from traditional office space, GMB’s goal for Learning Hubs is to create an experiential place for both clients and employees that’s more than a place to do work — it’s a place to exchange knowledge, to learn together, and from each other. GMB’s first reimagined Learning Hub located in Grand Rapids, Michigan opened in October 2022.

"The opening of our second Learning Hub in Royal Oak is an exciting next step for our organization and the education clients we work with in the community,” said Rob Den Besten, Chief Operations Officer at GMB. “We have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from our team members, students and educators in this space, which is what we are really passionate about."

A number of GMB’s clients are located within the greater Detroit area, including Ferndale Public Schools, Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Clarkston Public Schools, and more, that can benefit from Learning Hub spaces, which are available to reserve for GMB clients, students, and community education opportunities.

GMB's team gathered from across the nation in Detroit in January at a pop-up Learning Hub for the company’s annual GMB University, a two-day conference focused on team building and group learning. In line with the company’s focus for 2023 of "Great Teams Build,” GMB is looking to attract new ideal teammates to join GMB as the organization expands.

"GMB doesn't operate within a hierarchical structure that is typical within our industry,” said Rose Wagner who works on GMB’s workforce growth team. “Instead, we operate like a network of teams that come together around specific goals. We are excited to welcome our team members into this redesigned, flexible workspace and for the opportunity to expand our team as we continue to grow in the region."

GMB has worked in Southeast Michigan for more than 20 years and opened its first location in Royal Oak in 2018. GMB is 100% employee-owned by its trained educational planners, designers, and engineers.

GMB's third physical Learning Hub, located in Holland, Michigan, is set to begin remodeling in the summer of 2023.