Wayne State University – Towers Residential Suites Detroit, MI

The Towers Residential Suites Residence Hall is located at the corner of Anthony Wayne Drive and Kirby Street in the heart of the Wayne State University campus. Offering views of the entire campus and the Ambassador Bridge (which links the United States and Canada across the Detroit River), the residence hall is home to undergraduate, graduate, professional and international students. Due to the complicated logistics of working at a downtown site on an active college campus, extensive site logistics coordination, just-in-time delivery, and special safety measures were employed for the project.

The site consists of two, nine-story wings and an 11-story center section that contains 940-beds. Suite-style rooms boast seven different layouts and offer variety rarely found in college residential facilities. Other features include wireless technology, internet and cable access for residents, spacious social and study lounges, kitchenettes, multiple fitness and laundry facilities, a Barnes & Noble bookstore and a 400-seat, café-style dining area. The reception area shares the ground floor with a convenience store and other retail shops.

Devon Industrial Group (DIG) was given 20 months to complete all design, construction, and finalization activities. In order to meet the aggressive schedule, several time-saving strategies were implemented. For example, multiple building foundation options were evaluated for both cost and schedule. After review, it was determined that a 4,500-cubic-yard concrete mat foundation was most suitable for the project.  The mat was placed in one 14-hour period, and the entire project finished on-time.

Project Information

Market: Education
Client: Wayne State University
Location: Detroit, MI
Project Size: 305,000 SF
Project Cost: $51,000,000
Project Date(s): February 2004 - July 2005
Delivery System: Design-Build

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