Why spence brothers?


exceeding expectations since 1893

achieving projects
& Taking names

The purest reflection of Spence Brothers’ people, processes and construction services is how well our customers speak of us.

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Feel free to search through our full library of video interviews on YouTube or check out a few of our favorite videos and letters offered to Spence Brothers from our Project Partners below. Through their own words, they share an appreciation for Spence Brothers’ customer-focused self,  and how we helped bring their vision to reality.

From ourVideo library



Dow Business Services Center

Build Michigan winner and Build America award nominee, this video tells the story of how the Dow Business Services Center rose from the ground in less than one year.



Building Crisler

In 1967, Spence Brothers completed the “House that Cazzie Built” – Crisler Arena at The University of Michigan. In 2010, the Crisler Center Expansion added another chapter to this sports arena’s construction heritage.




An overview of our recent work at Glacier Hills - a construction project requiring extensive phasing and planning to minimize service disruption for this high-end senior living campus.


video testimonial

Sports / Recreation / Entertainment

For the Sports, Recreation and Entertainment markets, some of Michigan's most notable structures are a result of Spence Brothers' expertise in building trust and important facilities with our Project Partners. Our customers speak to their experience in this video.

From the desk of...letter library

Michael J. O'Leary

Project Architect, Lindhout Associates Architect
The University of Michigan Alumni Association's Camp Michigania Dining Hall

From the beginning of the design development of this project, we knew that the construction time frame of 8 months was going to be a challenge.  The skill of the Spence Brothers staff was highly instrumental during this phase - participating in the construction methods and pre-selection of materials in order to get the construction completed within the established time constraint.  The outstanding knowledge of construction means and methods proved to be the difference.  I look forward to working with the Spence Brothers team again!

Terry Black

Manager of Maintenance - AAATA "The Ride"
Blake Transit Center

On behalf of the entire AAATA team, I would like to thank Spence Brothers for making our project their own.  From day one, they have maintained the responsibility of construction incredibly well.  As a result, our end product is one that will serve proudly and support AAATA's mission to provide useful, reliable, safe, environmentally responsible and cost-effective public transportation options for the Greater Washtenaw Area community.

David Brandon

Director of Athletics, The University of Michigan
Yost Ice Arena Renovation - 2012 Build Michigan Award Winner

The team did an outstanding job of keeping all of the charm and history of the building, while also improving the sight lines, amenities, audio system performance, premium seating capacity, food service, and overall functionality. We enjoyed working with Spence Brothers on this important project.

Marc McGill

Former County Controller, County of Saginaw
HealthSource Saginaw Additions & Renovations

We awarded this project to Spence Brothers fully confident of their ability for success despite the project's extraordinary complexity...our experience working with Spence Brothers on this project only further reinforces our perception of them as a world-class organization.

Steve Donoghue

Project Manager - Athletic Department, The University of Michigan
Crisler Center Expansion, Phase II

Spence Brothers built the original (Crisler) arena in 1968 and it was clear to us that they wanted to continue that legacy with this project.  They were very proud of the fact they had built this landmark facility and they should feel equally proud to have completed its transformation to the world class venue it is today.

Kurt Fogelsonger

President, WTA Architects
Delta College Health Science Renovations/Additions

As Architects for the project, it was crucial for the College to hire a Construction Manager dedicated to delivering a high quality project while being steadfast in addressing the budget and schedule.  Spence Brothers proved their commitment and ability as they worked with the owner representatives, architects, consultants and contractors.