Wayne State is implementing construction projects that will impact our daily activities. Three noteworthy projects are the Mike Ilitch School of Business, Elliman Renovation, and the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. Along with these, there are a number of smaller projects that will be continuing work through 2017.
Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments
The Wayne State Board of Governors approved a campus housing partnership with Corvias Campus Living that provides the university with approximately $1.4 billion in total value and compensation during the 40-year term of the agreement. The partnership will allow the university to fulfill the demand for more on-campus housing, while maintaining affordability for students and strengthening the university's finances.
The agreement calls for Corvias to be responsible for all aspects of property and asset management, including maintenance, janitorial, and repair and replacement services. The university will continue to maintain ownership of the land and all facilities used for campus housing. Additionally, the university will also continue to provide all residence life staffing and programming.
The new partnership will transform the landscape of Wayne State student housing, beginning with Phase I of construction on the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments in spring 2017.
"Our students will begin seeing the benefit of our restructured housing operations soon, as we will start moving residents in to Phase I apartments in fall 2018," said Tim Michael, Wayne State's associate vice president for business and auxiliary operations and chief housing officer. "Once Phase II of the project is completed in August 2019, the Anthony Wayne Apartments will house 842 students in a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments with upscale finishes and residential grade kitchens. In addition to residential units, the new building will include 18,000 square feet for retail space and 9,000 square feet for a new student health services center."
Under the guidelines of the partnership, Corvias will be responsible for the management of new capital projects, with all decisions subject to approval and review by Wayne State University.
"Throughout the design and construction process, Wayne State will provide review, comment and approval on architectural drawings and work performed to ensure that institutional-quality projects are designed and built," said Michael.
Mike Ilitch School of Business
Following decades of remarkable business successes and numerous sports championships, the Ilitch family, through Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Development, has recently begun construction of a massive real estate development venture, The District Detroit. As planned, the District Detroit will become a business, sports, and entertainment epicenter which is expected to create and revitalize six new and unique neighborhoods north of Campus Martius and south of MidTown. One of the neighborhoods, Woodward Square, will include the Bowl, a new sports arena complex for the Detroit Red Wings that will front Woodward Avenue. In addition to featuring the iconic arena, Woodward Square will be a vibrant, mixed-use destination that will surround the arena with a soaring glass-covered concourse pulsating with nightclub electricity, food vendors, restaurants, and retail shops.
To enhance the Woodward Square experience, the Ilitch's have offered the University the opportunity to build a new School of Business fronting Woodward between Temple and Sproat, immediately north of and adjacent to the Bowl. Mike and Marian Ilitch have generously gifted the University $35 million towards construction of the new building and $5 million for an endowment following the completion of construction. As now envisioned, the Mike Ilitch School of Business will provide approximately 120,000 gross square feet of space over three and a half floors. The planned program will provide amenities such as a large lecture hall, flexible classrooms and seminar rooms varying in size and adaptability, office and administration space, and a food service component supported by students and the business community.
You can read more about the District Detroit and generous gift here.
Harwell Field Baseball Building
As a tribute to the long partnership betwen the famed Detroit Tigers broadcaster, Ernie Harwell, and his wife, Wayne State University has raised funds to build a baseball building in recognition of Ernie's prestige. This lasting testimonial will benefit not only the last college baseball team still active in Detroit but will also be a resource and destination for camps, youth leagues, and high schools that use the facility throughout the year.
Harwell Field Baseball Building will provide a foyer to recognize the achievements and contributions of the Harwell's and will showcase a 2,000 square fott display room that will hold major league baseball artifacts and memorabilia collected by the Detroit Historical Society and Harwell Foundation. The design of the building, which will be located behind the current backstop, will permit future project efforst to create spectator grandstand and a press box.
Thompson Home Conversion to Student Housing
The Thompson Home was built in 1874 to provide a home for aged women. The elegant and substantial structure, containing forty rooms, formally opened October 22, 1884. Designed by George Mason, one of the best-known architects of the period, Thompson Home is a Victorian structure in the Queen Anne style and is listed as an official Historic Detroit Landmark. Sunrooms were added in 1914 and additional quarters for the staff were built in the 1950s. An addition built in 1964, which created a five bed infirmary adjoining the home on its south, was the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benson Ford.
The conversion of Thompson Home to student housing is part of a multi-year housing plan to expand the capacity of university-controlled housing from 3000 to 3750 beds by 2021. The assumed occupancy in a renovated Thompson Home would be approximately 65, organized around an academic learning community theme. The anticipated project scope includes selective interior demolition, the removal of hazardous materials, and new partitions with improved sound attenuation. A new stair tower will be created to provide required emergency egress pathways, and other life safety and electrical upgrades may be required to satisfy applicable codes for residence halls. A new bathroom core and community kitchen will also be constructed on each floor along with a kitchen in the lower level with space for group dinners. Recent mechanical system upgrades will be adjusted to the new use, and the technology infrastructure will be upgraded to meet current standards. Multiple lounge and study spaces are anticipated as well.
The building was constructed in 1989. In connection with the completion and occupancy of the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio) and the planned closure of the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) building at 110 E. Warren, several active research programs and teams will be moved from the Elliman Research Building to IBio and Scott Hall. Following those relocations, Elliman will be partially renovated to accommodate KCI research operations currently located at 110 E. Warren, enabling the closure of that building.
The project scope includes minor selective demolition and reconstruction of existing laboratories to create additional shared lab equipment support space, and modest laboratories improvements that will focus mostly on interior finishes, lighting and laboratory casework repairs. Electrical and mechanical scope is included to support research equipment installations. The building's vivarium will also be improved to provide two additional surgical suites and a new cage washer.
Electrical Service Upgrades
During the past decade the University has experienced several electrical power outages including the northeast regional power outage of August 2003. On many other occasions the University has experienced wide variation in electrical voltage as supplied by both the Detroit Public Lighting Department (PLD) and Detroit Edison (DTE). Problems with PLD electrical reliability have been especially acute in recent years, forcing the University to shut down operations and cancel classes in June 2011 and September 2013. Planned solutions to mitigate the impact of major outages as well as "brownouts" and power surges include additional emergency back-up power generators, uninterruptable power supplies for sensitive instrumentation, and time delay restart devices for freezers. Multiple buildings and locations will receive electrical service reliability upgrades such as generators, uninterruptable power supply, freezer protection, and service entrance upgrades.
Midtown Loop (Phase III)
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.
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