Wayne State University

Construction Updates

Parking Construction

In effort to consistently provide well-maintained parking facilities, Parking and Transportation Services, together with Facilities Planning and Management, will be doing necessary repairs and maintenance throughout the summer in the structures and surface lots.

Project Locations

Lot 12 (Harper and Woodward): Lot 12 will be closed starting May 10, 2016 and is to be completely redone with new lighting, pavement, and parking equipment. Once it re-opens it will no longer be a free lot as it will help offset current and future parking needs of the Integrative Biological Sciences Building (IBio).

Lot 14 (Cass and Amsterdam): Lot 14 is a newly purchased lot and is not currently being used. The lot will be completely redone with new lighting, pavement and parking equipment. This lot will also help offset current and future parking needs of IBio and other activity in the north end of campus.  

Lot 34 (Ferry and Woodward): Lot 34 will have the entry/exit drive lane repaired, grading and fence work done as well as expanding the lot South and West to help accommodate the new School of Social Work parking needs. 

Lot 70 (Cass and Prentis): Lot 70 will close beginning Monday, May 16, 2016 in conjunction with the Midtown loop project. The entrance and exit approaches will be redone and upgraded. The lot is estimated to be closed 4-10 days.

Parking Structure #1: Work is planned to begin May 16, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed before fall classes begin in August.  This year's major projects include structural concrete repairs, including hydro-demolition, and waterproofing work.  All levels in bays 5 and 6 will be closed for the majority of the summer, as well as stair/elevator “B” and stair “E”.  Gate 1, the northeast vehicle entry/exit, will also be closed for construction staging.

Parking Structure #2: Work is planned to begin May 16, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed before fall classes begin in August.  This year's project includes concrete patching repairs and waterproofing work in localized areas throughout the structure.  An estimated 300 parking spaces will be closed for the majority of the summer. The East stair tower will also be closed for a portion of the summer (adjacent elevator to remain open).

Parking Structure #3: Work is planned to begin as early as May 9, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed toward the beginning of August. Localized concrete floor patching, will occur on nights and weekends.  Normal parking operations and stair towers should be unaffected, however there may be some minor disruptions.

Parking Structure #4: Work is planned to begin as early as May 9, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed toward the end of July. Work includes stair repairs and waterproofing on elevator tower exteriors and roofs. One stair tower will be closed at a time through the end of July. The elevator tower will remain open for normal use and normal parking operations should be unaffected.

Parking Structure #5: Work is planned to begin May 16, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed before fall classes begin in August. We will be working on concrete and waterproofing repairs primarily on level 3.  Levels 3 and 4 and portion of level 2 will be closed through mid-June, then localized parking space closures will occur for the remainder of summer. The northeast stair tower will be closed for a large portion of the summer, whereas the southwest stair tower and southeast elevator should not be affected. The Anthony Wayne vehicle entry and exit will also be closed for a portion of the summer in order to redo the existing deteriorating concrete.


Midtown Loop

Midtown Detroit, Inc. will begin renovations to complete the Midtown Loop Phase III project.  This project will complete the decorative colored concrete sidewalk on the east side of Cass Avenue from Kirby to Putnam and the west side of Cass Avenue from Kirby to Canfield.  Site fixtures include LED pedestrian lights, benches, bike racks, drinking fountains, and landscaping.  Decorative Comerica Street lights will be installed from I-94 to Canfield.  Additionally, bicycle lanes will be placed from Grand Boulevard to Lafayette, Lafayette to Washington, Washington to Jefferson, Jefferson to Bates.

For a map of ADA alternative routes across campus, click here.

Project Update July 29, 2016:  The contractor will be pouring the sidewalk on the west portion of Cass, from Warren to the north, on August 2 and 3.  The contractor will then begin sidewalk removal from the east side of Cass.  Pedestrians will need to detour around the work.

Project Update January 22, 2016:  The project is due to commence come spring, after the cold weather breaks.

Project Update August 13, 2015: Midtown Loop construction has commenced on the east side of Cass Ave., in the first two blocks south of Warren Ave.  The area in front of Old Main and the Hillberry Theatre will be under construction until late September.

Project Update June 22, 2015: Construction begins on July 6, 2015 at the corner of Cass Ave. and Kirby.  Construction will continue in a southerly direction over the next few months until the southern most limit, Canfield, is reached.


Student Center Building

Originally constructed in 1969, the Student Center Building has seen a drastic renovation this year.  The renovation touched the basement through third floor to provide a completely new food court and dining area, new student activity and organizaiton facilities, and significantly improved retail and recreation options.  The building footprint has been expanded by converting the exterior colonnade on Gullen Mall into interior space.

With the basement through third floor complete, the fifth and seventh floors are on the docket for renovation.  The project will renovate the remaining open space on the fifth floor for the Office of Housing and Residential Life and create an Office of New Student Orientation.  The seventh floor will be completely overhauled to better accommodate the faith-based groups of the Newman Catholic Center and the Baptist Student Union, as well as the Ombuds Office, all of which support students in their transition to college life.  The seventh floor will also accommodate the new office of multi-cultural student engagement.

The project scope includes interior demolition, the removal of hazardous materials, and the construction of new partitions with improved sound attenuation. The finishes and furniture will be upgraded to provide a more inviting environment. Mechanical systems will be replaced to provide better temperature control thoughout the floors, and floor-wide fire suppression systems will be provided to bring both floors up to code. The electrical and technology infrastructure will be also be upgraded to meet the needs of the departments.

So, please excuse our dust!


For more projects that we are working on, click here.