Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 132
Institutional | THE CHRISTMAN COMPANY - WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY MIKE ILITCH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
At Wayne State University, Christman is
helping to transform 50 blocks on the north
end of the District Detroit development.
CHRISTMAN'S QUALITY CONTRIBUTES TO DETROIT'S RESURGENT DOWNTOWN. BY BIANCA HERRON
ayne State University's
new Mike Ilitch School of
Business is on schedule and
under budget, reports Jennifer Emerick, senior project manager for the
Emerick is spearheading the project
with the Christman-Brinker team, a
Detroit-based joint venture overseeing construction management of the project. Detroit-based architectural firm Smith Group
JJR is leading the design of the project.
"This project was made possible by a $40
million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch,"
Emerick says. "It's a high-profile project because of the name on the building. Mike is a
big reason why Detroit is where it's at today.
He means a lot to many people in this city.
So being a part of this project is really cool."
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Ilitch - who unfortunately passed away
before he could dedicate his namesake
building - was an entrepreneur and founder of the fast-food franchise Little Caesars
Pizza. He also owned the National Hockey
League's Detroit Red Wings and the MLB
team Detroit Tigers.
Both team's stadiums - the Red Wings
play at Little Caesar's Arena and the Tigers
at Comerica Park - aren't located far from
the new business school the Christman
Company is constructing. In fact, the
four-story, 120,000-square-foot building is
just two blocks north of the Little Caesar's
Arena, which opened last fall.
The school sits on the north end of The
District Detroit, which is the $1.2 billion
multi-use development unfolding along
"This building is part of the Ilitch family's
quest to transform 50 city blocks into dense,
walkable areas filled with housing, retail,
offices and entertainment," Emerick explains. "For us in Detroit, this project is just
one of many that's underway downtown."
The Christman Company -
Wayne State University Mike
Ilitch School of Business
* Location: Detroit
* Employees on-site at peak: 130
"We take a lot of pride in
and have a lot of passion for
ese projects because Detroit is
really making a comeback ight
now." - Jennifer Emerick, enior project manager