About Us

How We Do It


Our strong relationships and commitment to excellence allow Means Group to achieve a strong financial position for our partners. For over 40 years, we have been known for our versatility and uncompromising representation on behalf of our clients. Our approach creates a sustainable path that leads to positive outcomes for all—tenants, residents, clients, and investors.

What We Do


Means Group is a creative land solutions company. We’re a full-service construction management company and construction consulting firm founded in 1998 by Eric Means. Since our inception, Means Group has strived to create and optimize capital and assets that improve the physical landscape we live in.

Why We’re Here


We’re a people company based on simple visions:

There’s always potential for beauty and thriving communities
Creative preservation can transform into unique facilities
Passion will push the limits and change lives
A strong vision can lead to an unbelievable reality
Always create a better place for generations to come

Eric J. Means, CEO

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Since 1998, Eric J Means, has successfully spurred over a half of billion dollars in transformational economic development—fast forwarding to today to become an up and coming game changing leader in the industry.

As President, Means Group and its affiliates have completed many transformational projects that are revered as gutsy and ahead of the curve. Current examples are the Woodward Garden Development, The Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building, and the first standalone, for sell developments, within the CBD, over the last 20 years in the Residences @ Ashton Detroit Condominiums.

While serving in the United States Navy, Means received his degree in engineering from the University of Florida.  In 1996, Means was certified as a licensed residential builder and continued his advancement to pursue PMP certification and a MIB to round out his skill sets.

Means currently continues his successes in urban areas around the country with a heavy emphasis on community place making, asset bolstering, dwelling preservation, and creative land solutions.

The Means Group, Inc., executive staff boasts more than
40 years of combined experience and expertise…

In urban construction, preservation and restoration services, as well as, both construction and facilities management. The diverse talents of each staff member plays a role in the company’s overall success and longevity, and to the satisfaction of each of its clients. This way, everyone involved in any project becomes a most important and valued stakeholder.

In addition, it is our policy to afford equal opportunity for employment to all individuals regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, age, disability or handicap. Again – it’s important not to get too technical with the features of the service but continue to focus on the benefits ahead.


Garrett S. Barnett
CFO

Responsible for the planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company, Barnett has worked with The Means Group since 2008.

Armand Blair
President Construction Services

Lawrence Technical University graduate with emphasis on Construction and Architectural Disciplines.

John C. Cova
COO

A business graduate of the University of Michigan, John Cova, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Means Group.

What Our Clients Say…

Our top priority is the success of our clients.

Here are some of their own words about their experiences with Means Group…


We have worked with Eric and the Means Group for over five years during the transformation of the Garden Theater Block on Woodward. At key moments their skillful and tenacious guidance led the project around significant obstacles to ultimate success. Thanks to Eric and his crew, the Garden Theater Block is a shining example of how restoration and new construction can create a new, vibrant Detroit.
Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA
Quinn Evans Architects
The Monahan Co. has had the distinct privilege to work with Eric Means on the Woodward Gardens Block project for the past six years. In his capacity as the Owner’s Representative, Eric brought a level of competence and integrity that made a long and challenging series of projects much more manageable. We look forward to our next opportunity to collaborate together.
W. Dan Monahan
Project Director
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