The Big Picture

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Nothing builds a team like spending time together.  Knowing this, the City of Auburn Hills developed a program called Auburn Hills University (AHU) which brings one employee from each department together, for one day out of the month, for six months.  The group visits a new department each month for an in-depth look at its core functions.  At the end of the program, they have a better understanding of how the deparments work together to service the City and make connections with co-workers that strengthen our team.  They get a look at the big picture.

Yesterday, AHU employees spent the day with the Community Development Department.  They were treated to a day full of information about Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement activities.  While this may sound terrifically dull, it was anything but.  The best way to understand Community Development is to be out in the community!

The group visited the construction site of the nearly complete, Round 1 Entertainment attraction coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  They got a sneak peek of the space and learned about the growth of this company that is new to Michigan.

Checking out the Round 1 project under construction

Then it was off to SEALIFE Aquarium, Michigan.  A behind-the-scenes tour gave them a chance not only to see the incredible sea life but see the space that had been transformed from a restaurant into an entertainment destination for people of all ages to enjoy.

Overlooking the big pool at SEALIFE

The group stopped for lunch at The HUB (The Home of Urban Bowling) to try out Bomb Bowling.  No bowling ball needed…just a football.  It’s not as easy as it looks!  The HUB is located in a newly redeveloped restaurant that sat vacant for years.  The new use brings life and fun back into the space.

CD Director Steve Cohen has a good arm! Way to go, Steve!

Saving the best for last, the day ended with a tour of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US).  FCA gave generously of their time to give our AHU group a tour of their facilities and then shared fascinating background of how their headquarters building came to be.

Photo taken from the 15th floor of the FCA US Headquarters tower

We look forward to leading a tour of brand new spaces next year!

A Student For The Day At Auburn Hills University

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wanted to share a few photos from yesterday’s Auburn Hills University (AHU) class led by the Community Development Department.

AHU is a six month team-building program that gathers a small group of City employees, one day a month, to learn what each City Department does.  This year, I have the privilege of being a student in AHU’s 9th class!

The class received a behind the scenes tour from our friends at SEALIFE Aquarum

The class received a behind the scenes tour from our friends at Michigan SEALIFE Aquarium

Learned about residential construction inspection at the new Mosaic project at the southeast corner of Baldwin and Collier

Visited the new Mosaic apartment development at the southeast corner of Baldwin and Collier

Learned what Building staff look for when performing their inspections

Learned what Building staff check when performing inspections

It was a fun and informative experience for all of us.

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!

Getting Schooled … Auburn Hills Style

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The Community Development Department had the fun opportunity yesterday to spend the day with the 7th class of Auburn Hills University (AHU).

What is AHU?  Every year a small group of employees meet one day a month, for six months, to learn what each City Department does.  By getting together in this way, we build our team by discussing what we all do in an informal setting.

As you can see in the photos below, the class was able to tour the Palace of Auburn Hills and received a sneak preview of the new GKN Headquarters building under construction at the former Showcase Cinema site on Opdyke Road.

We had a good time, learned a lot, and really enjoyed getting to know each other better.

The AHU class in the Detroit Pistons locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills

The AHU class in the Detroit Pistons locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills

The AHU class learned about how the City works together with developers at the new GKN Headquarters

The AHU class learned about how the City works together with developers at the new GKN Headquarters

 

 

Busy Day at Auburn Hills University

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday, the Community Development Department had the opportunity to spend the day with the 6th class of Auburn Hills University (AHU).  Every year a small group of employees meet one day a month, for six months, to learn what each City Department does.

By getting together in AHU, we build our organization by discussing what we do in an informal setting.  Thus, we learn about and from each other.  This helps us become a better team.

We had an action packed agenda as you can see in the photos below.  By the end of the day our feet were sore, but everyone learned a lot.

Facility managers Jim Summers and Mike Willaert gave the class an extensive tour of the Palace of Auburn Hills.  This photo was taken inside the Piston's game day locker room.

Facility managers Jim Summers and Mike Willaert gave the class an extensive tour of the Palace of Auburn Hills. This photo was taken inside the Piston’s game day locker room.

At Riverside Park, Water Resources Cordinator Shawn Keenan talked about how the City protect its water.

At Riverside Park, Water Resources Cordinator Shawn Keenan talked about how the City protects its water.

In Downtown Auburn Hills, builder Dennis Burt talked to the class about the complexities of building the new Graduate Housing Apartment Complex and Parking Structure.

In Downtown Auburn Hills, builder Dennis Burt talked to the class about the complexities of constructing the new Graduate Housing Apartment Complex and Parking Structure.

Walking on the 4th floor of the new Graduate Housing Apartment Complex.

Walking on the 4th floor of the new Graduate Housing Apartment Complex.

The view is nice from the top of the new Downtown project.

The view is nice from the top of the new Downtown project.