SME Returns to Detroit


SME Returns to Detroit

SME is pleased to announce its return to Detroit with the grand opening of its newest office in Midtown. Detroit is where SME’s story began over 50 years ago, and returning brings an exciting opportunity to strengthen SME’s roots in the community. 

Located at 4219 Woodward Avenue, SME’s Detroit office is part of a collaborative effort developed by Lawrence Technological University and Midtown Detroit, Inc., to bring together fellow tenants including ULI Michigan, AIA Michigan, Quinn Evans Architects, Invest Detroit and many others to invest in the city and leverage collective expertise to contribute to the revitalization of Detroit.

Led by Vice President Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG and Senior Consultant Anthony B. Thomas, PE, the office will serve as a dynamic workspace for SME professionals involved in projects both within the city and around the globe. They will be joined in the office by an enthusiastic group of SME team members who will encourage partners and clients to visit and use the space to host meetings and facilitate collaboration.

Cassidy has been a part of SME’s team since 1997 and has held positions of increasing responsibility. In addition to leading the operations in SME’s new Detroit office, he also leads SME’s Environmental Services Group. Cassidy is actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations including the Detroit Downtown Partnership, Hatch Detroit, and Impact Detroit. He is a member of the Executive Board for the Urban Land Institute Michigan where he is Chair of the Programs Committee, and serves as SME’s Executive Liaison for Challenge Detroit.

Thomas is serving as the Regional Office Manager in Detroit, overseeing the operations of this new location. He known for providing professional engineering services in relation to paving, asset management, and infrastructure rehabilitation. With more than 22 years of civil engineering experience, he is passionate about serving clients as a trusted advisor, helping to solve problems and avoid pitfalls. Prior to joining SME, Thomas spent several years with another Detroit-based firm. He is a ULI-Detroit Larson Center for Leadership graduate fellow.

SME is no stranger to Detroit. The company’s first office opened in the city in 1964, and SME has been supporting growth and change in the community ever since. Over the years, the firm has contributed to development and rehabilitation of several Detroit icons, from the Renaissance Center and the original Tiger Stadium, to the Marathon Detroit Refinery and the Ambassador Bridge, to the Fox Theater and the People Mover. SME continues to work closely with long-term partners and clients on these iconic projects while also building relationships with some of the city’s newest residents.

It is not just work that brings SME to Detroit. The firm strongly supports organizations that promote revitalization of the city, including Challenge Detroit and Hatch Detroit. SME team members routinely volunteer with Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE as well as many other local non-profits, and look forward with enthusiasm to supporting local entertainment establishments while both living and working in the city.

“This is an exciting time for SME,” said President and CEO Mark Kramer. “Our focus has always been helping our clients realize successful projects. It is their success that has fueled our own growth for more than 50 years. Returning to Detroit is a reminder of just how important it is to stay true to your roots.”