Construction Updates

Wayne State is implementing construction projects that will impact our daily activities. Two noteworthy projects are the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments.

Concrete Repair/Sidewalk Closure

The stretch of sidewalk along Cass Avenue directly in front of the Shaver Music Building will be replaced.  The sidewalk will be closed on November 4th and reopen on November 11, 2019.  Please plan travel accordingly.

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 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. 

During the construction, Parking Lot 41 will be closed and Parking Structure #2 will have modified entrances and exits.  A number of sidewalks in the area of Anthony Wayne Drive and Kirby will be closed or natrrowed and some pathways will be obstructed.  Please follow signage and be aware of the barricades.  A pedestrian detour map is below.

Pedestrian Detour Map (PDF)

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.

DTE-PLD Electric Conversion

Detroit Public Lighting (PLD) has ceased operations from the City of Detroit and Detroit Edison (DTE) has been working on converting the former PLD system around campus.  This conversion includes the installation of new concrete ductbanks, conduits and cabling to support the new DTE infrastructure which will supply power to the  buildings formerly serviced by PLD.  This is a multi-year project and the planning process started about three years ago.  The first construction stage of this project on campus is underway.

DTE is working in campus in the following areas - North Campus (Gilmour Mall) and South Campus. This construction will continue for the duration of the spring and summer.

Please see maps for additional details and timing of construction activities.

         Proposed Workzones                     Gilmour Loop - Music              Gilmour Loop - Education-McGregor-Law


If there are any questions, please contact Matthew Tarantine (Project Manager) at (313) 577-0288.

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