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Commercial | JC BEAL CONSTRUCTION – BRODERICK TOWER REDEVELOPMENT Construction started on the Broderick Tower redevelopment project in 2011. « Restoring Glory W hen JC Beal Construction Inc. was initially introduced to plans to renovate the historic Broderick Tower in downtown Detroit in 2005, there was very little development activity taking place elsewhere in the area. Since the deal closed in 2010 and construction started last year, however, the oncelargely vacant downtown is seeing much renewed investment. Company President Fred J. Beal does not take credit for starting this positive trend, but he is happy to see such strides made in a city that is considered one of the hardest hit by the U.S. recession. “On top of our $30 million construction investment in our building, there’s been about $100 million in projects announced since we started construction,” notes Beal, specifically referencing Quicken Loans Chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s acquisition of several downtown buildings. DETROIT’S LONG-VACANT BRODERICK TOWER WILL SEE NEW LIFE AS A MIXED-USE TOWER. BY JIM HARRIS A Downtown Landmark Constructed as the Eaton Tower in 1928, and renamed the David Broderick Tower for insurance broker David Broderick in 1945, the 34story building was at the time of its completion the second-tallest skyscraper in Michigan. At the time it opened, the Broderick Tower served as an entry way into downtown Detroit’s Lower Woodward Commercial District. The building’s tower is proportioned after a majestic column and includes a base, shaft and capital. The lower floors and base of the building are grounded by speckled granite interrupted by large windows in cast iron surrounds, Beal says. Broderick Tower’s shaft is covered with Indiana limestone on two facades and buffcolored brick on the other two. The capital is formed by bands of terra cotta pilaster between windows, and a setback emphasizing a loggia on the 33rd and 34th floors. The lobby interior features black marble walls, coffered JC Beal Construction – Broderick Tower redevelopment www.brodericktower.com, www.jcbeal.com • Project cost: $30 million • Location: Detroit, Mich. • Employees on site at peak: 100+ “Part of what we bring to the table for this project is our willingness to help assemble the deal and take on some of the risks.” –Fred J. Beal, president ceilings and decorative bronze elevator doors. After Broderick’s death in 1957, the tower went through several owners before being purchased by the Higgins family in 1976. The tower lost most of its office tenants in the mid1980s and remained vacant since that time with the exception of first-floor restaurants 16 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Contents
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
Commercial
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Institutional
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
Residential
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Civil
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
Industrial
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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