A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on a beautiful, sunny day July 20 for the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University to be constructed at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Temple Street—another exciting development in The District Detroit.
The new business school building was made possible by a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch, as Wayne State University extends its campus south into the center of the Woodward Square neighborhood near the rapidly progressing Little Caesars Arena.
“This will be a fitting and elegant tribute to an entrepreneur who has long been dedicated to opening up opportunities here in his hometown and around the world,” said M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University. “This is a big day not only for Wayne State University but for the city of Detroit as well. Thanks to Mike and Marian, Wayne State University School of Business—the Mike Ilitch School of Business—will soon have a home closer to where a lot of business gets done in the city.”
More than 600 city leaders, elected officials, students and community members were in attendance to watch this historic day for Wayne State University and The District Detroit.
Mike and Marian Ilitch made the largest contribution in Wayne State University’s history to build the new business school.
“You have to marvel to think about the story of Mike and Marian Ilitch,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Mike Ilitch was born in Detroit, he’s a product of the Detroit Public Schools, he’s a graduate of Cooley High School. A young man growing up in Detroit [and his wife] ends up making the largest contribution in the history of Wayne State University and to have the business school named for him.”
Detroit-based Christman-Brinker has been selected as construction manager of the project, continuing the Michigan Made, Detroit Built successes in The District Detroit. At Little Caesars Arena alone, of the total contracts awarded thus far, more than $315 million, representing nearly 60% of total contracts, have been awarded to Detroit companies. And more than $500 million, representing more than 90% of contracts, have been awarded to Michigan companies. The Mike Ilitch School of Business will serve more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and provide flexible teaching, research, office and community spaces for students and faculty. New renderings show a sleek, open and smart design that evokes energy, collaboration and innovation.
About The District Detroit
The District Detroit will be made up of a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three professional sports venues – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature retail and residential developments, offices and hotels that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love. A Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, The District Detroit continues to transform lives by bringing jobs and opportunity to people and businesses across the city, region and state.