Plante Moran, a large certified public accounting, business advisory, and wealth management firm, has moved into its new corporate headquarters, securing 12 floors in the Southfield Town Center as the new home to more than 900 employees.
The move unites two former offices under a single roof in a central location. Plante Moran will occupy 192,600 square feet of space in 3000 Tower Center, making it the largest tenant in the building — and making it one of the largest commercial real estate transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Michigan’s MI Safe Start Plan, Plante Moran staff will begin transitioning from fully remote work to more in-person office work over the coming months.
Plante Moran’s new office features:
- Nearly 1,000 shared workspaces, giving staff options for the task at hand — from quiet, individual offices and workrooms to larger spaces that promote collaboration.
- Twelve large gathering spaces, enabling Plante Moran to host large meetings, in-person trainings, and in-house client events. The spaces include cafes, a private lobby, and private outdoor spaces.
- State-of-the-art technology for conducting virtual meetings and collaboration with staff and clients across the firm’s footprint.
- Additional building amenities, including a gym, covered parking, shops, and proximity to restaurants.
The office also will feature customized graphics that highlight the firm’s core principles, values, and history, including:
- Motivational quotes placed throughout the office from the firm’s founders, staff, and other influential individuals.
- The Wheel of Progress, which is a moving wheel purposefully located in an area where staff and recruits spend time to remind them of the wheel’s importance to firm culture.
- A “One-firm firm” wall that illustrates the company’s diverse capabilities and locations.
“For more than five years, Plante Moran has been in search of a space that would better fit the needs of both our staff and our clients,” says Teresa Pollock, group managing p of Plante Moran. “We were reimagining a ‘digital-first’ office space, and looking for the perfect balance of location, amenities, accessibility, and customization for each group. The Southfield Town Center checked all these boxes — and more.
“One of our deciding factors was this location’s benefits to our clients. Our new headquarters is right off the highway and features prominent signage, making it easily accessible for everyone. We have abundant covered parking and reserved spaces for our visitors, making it especially convenient during Michigan winters. And after nearly two decades of working from multiple Southfield office locations, we’ll be able to unite all our staff in one building.”
Plante Moran is making the two-mile move from 27400 Northwestern Highway, where it has been headquartered since 1985, and joining a second facility that was occupying three floors in the Town Center building since 2018. The firm signed its 15-year lease on the new space shortly before the global pandemic began in 2020 and completed renovations and buildout this spring.
The new offices in the Town Center will enable team members in audit, tax, management consulting, wealth management, and Plante Moran Cresa (corporate real estate services) to gather in a single facility where they are joined by staff from internal services, including HR, marketing, and technology. In Southeast Michigan, Plante Moran also has offices in Detroit, Auburn Hills, Ann Arbor, and Clinton Township.
Southfield-based HED served as the architect for the project, which was led by Detroit-based Sachse Construction.
Plante Moran has a staff of more than 3,300 professionals throughout the United States as well as international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Mumbai, India; and Tokyo, Japan.