Sachse Construction Moving HQ to Downtown Detroit


DETROIT— Sachse Construction is the latest in a string of companies to announce it is heading downtown to locate in Detroit. The company will move its headquarters into the Rock Ventures-owned Arts League Building at 1528 Woodward.

The new 5,500 square foot office, occupying the building’s entire top floor, will house 45 employees, including the construction firm’s entire operations team, when the renovation is complete in December.

Sachse is the general contractor responsible for the build-out of Quicken Loans’ space in the Compuware building, the Madison Building at 1555 Broadway, the Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Avenue, and more. Now, it’s working on its own build out.

“It’s all happening in Detroit and Sachse is in the middle of it,” said Todd Sachse, president of Sachse Construction. “We are betting on the growth and re-invention of Detroit over the next two decades.”

Formerly headquartered in Birmingham, Sachse says the new location will help expand the company’s business.

“Strategically located between Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius, our headquarters will be in the heart of the downtown growth,” said Sachse. “This will allow us to capitalize on the opportunities that will be surrounding us. Our entire company is excited to move into and be part of the ‘D’.”

The deal was brokered by Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC, Rock Ventures’ full-service property management firm.

In the last few years, Dan Gilbert, together with entrepreneurs Josh Linkner and Brian Hermelin, along with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, launched Detroit Venture Partners, a Detroit-based venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies to be located in the city. Over the past 25 months, more than 60 companies have moved to downtown Detroit in a number of Rock Ventures-owned buildings. These businesses include:

Madison Building (50,000 sq. feet; 100 percent occupied):

• Twitter: A real-time information network that connects people to the latest stories ideas, opinions and news.

• Skidmore Studio: A leading creative design firm occupying an entire floor in the building.

• Detroit Venture Partners (DVP):  A venture capital firm specializing in funding early stage technology businesses.

• Detroit Labs: A leader in the development of Android, iOS and web-based applications.

• UpTo: A new social platform focused on the future tense, allowing users to easily share calendar events.

• Chez Zara: A full-service espresso bar that specializes in exceptional espresso drinks and organic teas.

• Bizdom: A non-profit entrepreneurship accelerator for budding web and tech-based startups in Detroit and Cleveland (Bizdom Detroit was previously housed in Wayne State University’s Tech Town).

• Are You a Human: The answer to frustrating CAPTCHA entries, Are You a Human uses fun games to verify the authenticity of people completing online forms.

• Doodle Home: An online interior design destination serving customers, designers and manufacturers of luxury home furnishings.

• hiredMYway : A company disrupting the traditional “job board” concept that provides an exceptionally better value and experience for both job seekers and employers.

• TextsFromLastNight (Detroit office): An accidental startup born out of a viral sensation, now one of the leading user-generated content sites for 20-somethings.

• FLUD: A news-reader application for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices that helps users save time by delivering content they’re most interested in.

• Marxent Labs: Creator of ShopWith.It, a new app for social shoppers that makes it easy to take your Facebook friends shopping.

• Ludlow Ventures: An angel and seed-stage venture capital firm investing in web and digital technologies.

• Aria Ventures: A company specializing in developing and funding startup ventures.

• 313 Ventures: Stock trader-turned-angel investor, partaking in the rebuild of Detroit, one deal at a time.

• Vineyard Capital: An investment firm for later-stage private companies, partnering with various groups throughout the Midwest.

• Roqbot: A social jukebox app that lets you be the DJ at your favorite bars, restaurants, gyms, and stores.

• Savorfull: Monthly samples of allergy free, nutrient dense foods, delivered right to your doorstep.

• EBLI: A proprietary system that teaches people of any age and skill level to read to their highest potential.

• Exxodus Pictures: A production company whose first feature film, Jinn, is now in post-production.

• GreenLancer: Web-based company that provides businesses a model for cutting development and engineering costs in clean energy projects.

• GumShoe: A game where players compete against friends and a community of sleuths to solve mysteries, and earn awards, social cred and the occasional real life cache along the way.

• Quikkly: Short-term deals exclusively for college students.

• Wedit: A fun, easy, and affordable way to capture, edit, and share wedding memories through the use of HD Flip cameras.

• Tapjoy:  A mobile ad network that lets you discover apps and get in-app rewards when you engage with ads.

• Thrillist Detroit: Free weekly email that finds the best of what’s new in your neighborhood and on the web.

• Facility Matrix Group (FMG):  The area’s pre-eminent provider of office furniture.


Chase Tower (505,000 sq. feet; 100 percent occupied):

• Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender.

• One Reverse Mortgage: The largest reverse-only mortgage lender in America and second largest retail provider of reverse mortgage home loans.

• In-House Realty: A real estate services company matching Quicken Loans clients with pre-screened agents in their community.


First National Building (800,000 sq. feet; 93 percent occupied):

• Title Source: The largest independent provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services in the nation.

• Aerotek: A leading staffing agency that matches qualified candidates with top companies worldwide.

• Roasting Plant:  New York-based coffee company with unique Javabot roasting technology.


Chrysler House (Former Dime Building; 320,000 sq. feet; 92 percent occupied):

• Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender.

• Chrysler Group LLC: Automotive company that produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products.

• Just Baked: Specialty cupcake shop and bakery.

• Rehmann: A company offering accounting, tax planning and financial consulting services.

• Allied Printing Company: Provides printing, information management, and warehouse & fulfillment services.

• Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello PLC: Provides world-class legal service

• Professional Moving company that specializes in providing local, long distance, and international relocation services for people and businesses.

• Elite Fire Safety: A one-stop-shop for fire safety needs.

• EverStaff: Recruits the most skilled and qualified professionals for organizations of all sizes.

• FNC Holding Company: Provides insight into the property backing a loan with its data and analytic solutions.

• GSI: A company specializing in security, network and system integration.

• Metro Consulting:  A full service civil engineering and land surveying consultancy.

• Reliance One: A full service staffing firm.

• SCI Marketview: A lead management company for automotive dealers.

• Corby Energy: Providing construction, engineering and support services to utilities and related businesses.

• Campus Commandos: Connects clients with the college demographic through the use of student brand ambassadors.

• Core Merchant: Easy and convenient credit payment solutions for businesses.


Compuware (1, 088,000 sq. feet; Rock Ventures leases four floors; 100 percent occupied):

• Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender.

• Rock Ventures: An umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration of Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate.

• Fathead: The officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics products.

• Bedrock Real Estate Services: Rock Ventures’ full service property management firm, specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing of commercial space.

• Rockbridge Growth Equity: A Detroit-based private equity firm that invests in mid-stage financial and business services, consumer-direct marketing, and sports, media and entertainment industries.

• Rock Gaming: A gaming partnership formed with an initial focus to develop full-service casinos in two of Ohio’s largest cities, as well as to explore other potential gaming opportunities elsewhere.

• Rock Companies: A real estate investment, development, construction and management company focusing on commercial, residential single and multi-family investments in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio.

• Quizzle: Website that gives consumers a complete understanding of their credit so they can make better financial decisions.

• Cup of Zup: Uniquely amusing pop-culture e-newsletter and website.

Picket Report: An online neighborhood research tool.