THE INNOVANT GROUP
DESIGN. BUILD. INNOVATE.
Optimizing Existing Communities Through Optimal Development
The Innovant Group is a design/build/management firm with offices in Michigan and Illinois. We are an agile, forward-thinking response to the construction industry, focusing on urban residential projects of varied scale.
At Innovant, we won’t replace one neighborhood with another, thereby erasing its footprint and its history. Rather, our skilled designers and engineers study the existing streetscape, assess its strengths and address its weaknesses.
ABOUT THE INNOVANT GROUP
This is the rediscovery of what already exists: an appreciation for the lives lived, the experiences shared, and a dedication to preserving and enhancing the best of a neighborhood through careful and judicious development.
Our development philosophy combines the virtues of an established community and shared experiences with the emerging cachet of today’s urban lifestyles.
INFILL: Urban Renewal for the 21st Century
Rather than removing what exists to create something wholly new; infill follows an organic plan: enhancing what exists, reenergizing underutilized spaces, and developing smaller scale projects on vacant parcels within an established perimeter.
SUSTAINABLE: Responsible Development
Every Innovant project meets and exceeds energy code compliance for 2020. And, only top-tier products and technologies go into an Innovant property, protecting the investment for new owners for years to come.
Creating a unique and functional living space that will become your dream sanctuary to relax or entertain family and friends
With a combined five decades worth of experience, we know quality and take pride in the details of each and every home.
CUSTOMIZATION THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE
Your home should be a reflection of you and your family, which is why our clients are involved in each step of the journey.
STYLISH FINISHES YOU CAN TRUST
With only the best finishes, INNOVANT focuses to create a space for you and your family that provides a life well lived.
WHY BUILD WITH INNOVANT
An abiding respect for the past, with a clear-eyed vision for the future.
We are constantly adding new communities to our portfolio and pride ourselves on finding opportunities that answer demand and enhance surrounding neighborhoods.
An entrepreneurial spirit coupled with proven business acumen representing the market, the customer, and the industry.
Keith Anderson began his residential planning career in 1997 with Philadelphia-based Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading, publicly traded luxury home builder. Two years later, with the acquisition of Silverman Homes, he relocated to Michigan to represent Toll as its liaison and project manager, while expanding the company’s footprint and market share in the state.
In 2004, Keith was promoted to Michigan Division President based on his outstanding guidance of high-end residential projects and the attendant revenue growth. Significantly, Toll posted revenue of $196.4 million in 2004, up 26% from 2001. In 2005, he was named to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 for his successful track record and award-winning contributions to the metro Detroit housing scene. Under Keith’s leadership, the division continued growth, posting record-setting revenue of $224.2 million in 2005. In 2007, he was promoted to Midwest Group President responsible for Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota, a position he held until 2018.
In 2018, Keith founded The Innovant Group driven by his desire to provide thoughtful, innovative residential development and construction to improve and enhance communities for generations to come. Keith is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1997 from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.
A third-generation builder whose 25 years of experience has given him a keen understanding of the industry and an unwavering dedication to quality workmanship and customer service.
Chris Nickel began his building career early on, assisting his father, grandfather, and uncle building homes in mid-Michigan.
In 1999, Chris joined Toll Brothers and held various key roles in Michigan and Illinois. He was named Illinois Division Vice President in 2013, overseeing land acquisition, planning, design, construction, sales and marketing. During his distinguished 18-year tenure with Toll, Chris helped build and close more than 2,200 homes valued at over $924 million.
In 2018, he founded Dynamic Design Build, LLC, a full-service building company providing turn-key solutions for residential and commercial customers.
In 2019, he joined Keith as principal partner, bringing his deep industry knowledge and dedication to quality customer satisfaction to The Innovant Group.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Central Michigan University.