AHU 2015: Hard Hats And Hospitality

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Tired, sore, and exhilarated.

Those are probably the three best words we can use to describe our time with the 8th class of Auburn Hills University (AHU) yesterday.  The group did a lot of walking and climbing as our staff explained how the City strives to provide radical hospitality to developers, builders, and residents while ensuring high quality construction and safety.  It was quite a day.

Builders gave the class a tour of Noah's Event Center currently under construction

Builders gave the class a tour of Noah’s Event Center currently under construction

For those not familiar with AHU, it’s an innovative team building program Auburn Hills holds annually.  It involves a small group of employees selected from across the organization.  The class meets one day a month, for six months, to learn what each Department does in an informal setting.  By getting together in this way, it helps our staff understand each other and in turn work better together.  Yesterday, it was the Community Development Department’s turn.

Below are some additional photos from our day:

Building Inspector Rick Oberlin explains how inspects a basement at Auburn Grove

Building Inspector Rick Oberlin explains how to inspect a basement at Auburn Grove

We looked at every stage of construction of Auburn Grove, located north of Shimmons Road

We looked at every stage of construction at Auburn Grove, located north of Shimmons Road

The group received a VIP tour of SEALIFE at GLC Outlets

The group received a VIP tour of SEALIFE Michigan at GLC Outlets

Met with TI Automotive, learned about their company, and toured the building under construction

Met with TI Automotive, learned about their company, and toured their building under construction

TI Automotive's new World HQ is located on Taylor Road, visible from I-75

TI Automotive’s new World HQ is located on Taylor Road, visible from I-75

Photo of the AHU class from TI Automotive's third floor patio.

Photo of the AHU class from TI Automotive’s third floor patio.

Overall, it was a fun and exhilarating day.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!