The crane is up and lifting steel at the new Mike Ilitch School of Business in The District Detroit. Ironworkers have begun the process of sequencing and placing the steel that will make up of the building’s frame.
Wayne State University and Olympia Development of Michigan held a ceremonial ground breaking in July 2016 and since that time crews have been digging, preparing the ground and pouring concrete walls for the basement. From now until June, ironworkers will erect the steel and the building will take shape—followed by the installation of metal decking and concrete on each floor.
It’s one of several active construction site currently within The District Detroit. It will be located just north of Little Caesars Arena in the Woodward Square neighborhood, which will also be home to new retail, residential and office developments in the future.
Detroit-based contractor Christman-Brinker is managing construction of the new school and Detroit-based architectural firm SmithGroupJJR led the development of the updated design— continuing the Michigan Made, Detroit Built successes in The District Detroit.
Classes begin in 2018 at the new business school, which was made possible by a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch, the largest gift in history to Wayne State University, helping Wayne State extends its campus south near the rapidly progressing Little Caesars Arena and closer to the city’s Central Business District.
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. The new educational facility has a sleek, open and smart design that evokes energy, collaboration and innovation.
The District Detroit will ultimately account for a total economic impact of more than $2 billion and create more than 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs in addition to 1,100 permanent jobs.
Watch the work happen live at districtdetroit.com/bschool.
About The District Detroit
The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites six world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.