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Building Community

Shaheen Development is a family-owned, community-based real estate development company who owns and manages more than one million square feet of residential, mixed-use, and commercial real estate in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

For more than four decades, Shaheen Development’s focus has been to enrich our communities by creating places for living, working, leisure, and healthcare.

  • Built-for-purpose office centers
  • State-of-the-art medical facilities
  • Historic preservation of a masterpiece theatre
  • Revitalization of urban centers, riverfront properties, and landmarks

Established Values

Shaheen Development has remained dedicated to upholding our commitments to the communities we serve, and to our longstanding, established values:

  • Meet the needs of our diverse clientele, and the resulting economic growth and development
  • Act as a single source of responsibility for both delivery and financing
  • Utilize local labor and region-based suppliers
  • Develop/redevelop from historic sites
  • Attract people back to core cities; Create a sense of place; Build community

Our Mission

Our mission is threefold: deliver top-notch results, invest in our communities and work hard to make places better for future generations.

Shaheen Development is led by brothers Dr. Samuel Shaheen and Peter Shaheen, both natives of Saginaw, Michigan, who learned the family business from their parents, Dr. Samuel and Patricia Shaheen.

Meet the Team

It takes a talented, multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide Shaheen Development’s level of unwavering commitment to clients, projects, and our community.

A few of our key team members include:

Samuel Shaheen, MD

President and CEO

Dr. Shaheen is the president and CEO of Shaheen Development, providing executive oversight
and strategic guidance for construction and management of key projects. His hands-on
experience in real estate development ranges from riverfront revitalization to historic
renovation. He’s especially knowledgeable in healthcare construction, Shaheen Development’s
vast and specialized area of development. Dr. Shaheen has a special interest in mixed-use
development concepts where office, retail, and residential investments create a new urban

Peter Shaheen

Vice President

Peter Shaheen, vice president of the firm, leads the teams and the processes that produce our projects, from land acquisition and the many stages of construction to ribbon-cutting and occupancy. Peter’s education in engineering and business is reflected in his attention to detail regarding safety, quality, productivity, and aesthetics.

Gary Glaza

Chief Financial Officer

Gary was the principal banker for Shaheen Development for 20 years before becoming chief financial officer for the company in 2008. He understands our business from both sides, and he works on behalf of the firm and our clients to move projects from blank paper to blueprints.

Al Warr

Project Manager

Al has more than 20 years of construction industry experience—and award-winning results. His projects include design for hundreds of properties throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. His most recent undertaking for Shaheen Development was the Dow Corning Business Services Center in Bay City. Al’s memberships include the American Institute of Architects, International Facility Management Association and the Chartered Institute of Building. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Nicholas Seehafer

Licensed Architect

Nick joined the team at Shaheen Development in 2012 with more than 18 years of experience
in commercial, healthcare, retail/restaurant, office, civic, and residential building design and
construction. He is registered in the state of Michigan, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Mike Sanders

Construction Manager

Mike has deep experience in field management and site supervision going back more than 20 years in the metro-Detroit area. His early career highlights include being part of the joint venture management team that transformed the Renaissance Center to the GM Global Headquarters – a $500 million, multi-year project. His portfolio in general contracting includes healthcare, retail, entertainment and corporate office construction. Mike is also a licensed residential builder and certified storm water operator.

Our Founders

When Shaheen Development was started more than 40 years ago, Dr. Shaheen (Doc) and Patty looked after everything themselves—from land acquisition to bookkeeping, and everything in between, in addition to caring for a busy medical practice and a growing family. Driven by their commitment to invest in their community, they saw a great need and many opportunities in a dynamic economy. Shaheen Development became one of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s most successful real estate development firms.

If there is a jewel in the crown of their accomplishments, it is the majestic Temple Theatre, literally rescued from the wrecking ball and restored to its early century splendor under the watchful leadership of Doc and Patty. They donated the completed masterpiece to the community in 2012, forming the Temple Theatre Foundation to sustain it for future generations. “Doc” passed away in August 2013. His sons Samuel and Peter now uphold the Shaheen vision, legacy, and steadfast commitment to the communities of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

2013 Spirit of St Vincent Honoree: Dr. Samuel H. Shaheen

Tribute to Doc


Commitment in Many Forms

When all is said and done, real estate development is about building communities, and developing community assets that become the places where people want to live, learn, work, and enjoy. Shaheen Development and our employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve through our projects and our engagement:


Our community support takes many forms, from flipping pancakes at local fundraisers, to “flipping” the historic Temple Theatre and returning her to former glory; running and serving on the committees that drive economic growth, to running in races that support medical causes; revitalizing our urban cores and recreating buildings and properties previously viewed as dilapidated or useless; to developing Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Award-winning projects with green technology and sustainability in mind. Shaheen Development believes in supporting our community, and knows our most important gifts are the ones that keep giving, generation after generation.

What others say about us

Shaheen Development is a firm that not only has mastery of real estate development and building projects, they have the rare talent to marry their powerful vision for the Great Lakes Bay Region with the strategic needs of their customers. Shaheen Development and Dow Corning crafted a plan for Uptown that relied on a series of bold and innovative steps from both firms to acquire, develop and populate this new district in Bay City. Shaheen Development worked seamlessly with us as a partner to meet our needs as well as create an exciting future for Bay City and the region.

Don SheetsChief Financial OfficerDow Corning

Over the past 15 plus years I have worked with Shaheen Development on numerous occasions regarding our business location and facilities and each experience has been very positive. Our experience in working with Shaheen Development on the architectural and interior design of 999 S. Washington Street was outstanding. Our goal was to create an upscale office environment for nearly 90 staff members, with aesthetics which are professional, warm and welcoming, and reflect the success the business has enjoyed. We feel we have accomplished this and are very proud of our new home.

Richard J. GarberPresidentGarber Management Group

Though the schedule was aggressive, you and your team kicked into action with a can-do attitude. You displayed respect and professionalism, and did the project right – without taking short-cuts. We are extremely proud of the way we worked together and what we accomplished – a sustainable building that will impact our local community and our global company for years to come. Please accept our congratulations on a project well done.

Vicki L. Rupp and Kevin McVeyDow Business Services CenterDow Chemical

I highly recommend the Shaheen Development team for turn-key construction management projects. The entire development team joined us in a collaborative partnership for the design and build of our restaurant Real Seafood Company located at 199 Uptown Drive in Bay City, MI, which is one of the most visually stunning restaurants in our restaurant portfolio. Shaheen Development’s commitment to any project would certainly ensure that the project exceeds expectations, is done professionally with a high level of collaboration and commitment to quality.

Michael C. GibbonsChief Executive Officer - Mainstreet Ventures, Inc.

At every meeting and with every correspondence, our requests, opinions, questions and concerns were valued and addressed respectfully and in a timely manner. Shaheen Development offered an attractive turn-key solution and proved to be a dependable and highly valued partner who exceeded our expectations, including those of our Executive team. Working with Shaheen Development was a pleasure and we have a beautiful, professional and efficient office as a result.

Vaughn M. LakatosPublic Affairs Communications RepresentativeTrinseo

We broke ground in January, 2000 and the facility was completed in July. We held biweekly meetings with Shaheen Development and all subcontractors, office furniture company, communications companies, municipalities, security company, engineering as well as all department heads which resulted in a well communicated, well orchestrated build out. My experience with Shaheen Development in the last nine years has been one of promptness and efficiency. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with them.

Susan E. McGrawRegional Facility ManagerXO Communications

In the past two years I’ve had the pleasure to work with HORIZONS Center properties on two separate occasions. In summary what I’ve seen and experienced while working with Peter Shaheen and his crew has left me with the impression that this is a top notch organization, willing to go to great lengths to meet commitments – and does not stop once the building is populated. The team is a real pleasure to work with.

Rod DemingLOFM Project ManagerDow Chemical

From start to finish, working with Shaheen Development on our Uptown Bay City location was an incredible experience. It was development made easy. I had a clear vision of what we wanted for our coworking and accelerator spaces, and they brought it to life. They took time to understand what was needed to achieve success in the facility. Not only did they make it happen, but they did so in the aggressive timeline we had put in place. Working with them to build a custom space that fit all of our business needs, and those of our entrepreneurs, was effortless. Their team of professionals supported us every step of the way and, even now as our building managers, they are accessible and reliable.

Erin StrangPresident + CEO