The Seebaldt Pilot, Detroit MI

Ann Donner Consulting (ADC) is pleased to be a member of The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP) project team.

TSP is the result of a 4-year community-driven partnership between the transdisciplinary design firm, studio[Ci], the grassroots community group, It Starts at Home (IS@H), and Detroit’s 48204 community.

The project leverages the opportunity to affordably acquire and activate concentrations of publicly owned (DLBA) vacant parcels for generative infrastructure: energy, water, food production, waste, and mobility.

TSP Pilots a unique solar technology, the multifunctional Hybridized Net Zero Energy (HNZE) Canopy, that will generate and distribute solar power for electricity to the community, dramatically reducing energy costs.  In addition, TSP stabilizes and creates affordable housing and an energy cooperative to deliver energy, education, and empowerment to low and moderate-income (LMI) households while creating a new public realm.

Building the HNZE canopy prototype


Rendering of The Seebaldt Pilot

TSP community celebration, July 2018

Project Update: The Seebaldt Pilot’s comprehensive, sustainable community plan was awarded the First Place Gold prize  for North America from the LefargeHolcim Foundation and most recently, received the Bronze prize in the  Global award competition.  The Foundation recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts – and is the most significant global competition for sustainable design.




Make-It Springfield, MA

ADC  completed a comprehensive strategic planning project for Make-It Springfield, a community-based makerspace located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Beginning as a 30-day pilot project in a vacant storefront,  in just under two years Make-It Springfield has welcomed over 2,700 people of all ages attending 90 unique workshops.

With the support of a MassDevelopment Collaborative Workspace Planning Grant, the Make-It Springfield Strategic Planning Committee identified next steps, strategies, and opportunities to sustain Make-It Springfield and prepare for expanded programming and greater impact.  The highly participatory planning effort engaged Springfield residents, artists, makers, city officials, arts, business and community organizations, UMass Amherst, and Springfield Technical Community College.





Make-It Springfield storefront, 168 Worthington Street