Two Landmark Buildings in Downtown Detroit Top Off

The last structural pieces of steel were placed at the Little Caesars world headquarters campus and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, both located within Detroit’s most modern mixed-use development.
Rendering of the New Little Caesars Headquarters
Rendering of the New Little Caesars Headquarters

The last beams of steel were placed at the Little Caesars world headquarters site and the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. Both projects were led by local contractor Brinker-Christman JV and designed by SmithGroupJJR. The topping out ceremonies marked a milestone for the city’s most complex mixed-use development, The District Detroit.

A structural beam bearing the signatures of the ironworkers was placed at the top of the newly expanded Little Caesars world headquarters campus, which now totals 234,000 square feet. The $150 million, nine-story building at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Columbia Street broke ground in September 2016 and will open in 2018.

The state-of-the-art campus features collaborative workspace, modern infrastructure and technologies as well as world-class amenities to support the chain’s rapid, global growth. The façade will be covered in 14 pizza slice-shaped windows.

“As a Detroit-born and headquartered business, we’re proud to work with the ironworkers, architects and contractors from Detroit and Michigan to create this iconic headquarters building for our global enterprise,” Little Caesars President & CEO David Scrivano said in a prepared statement.

Construction Milestone for Detroit’s Newest Business School 

Rendering of The Mike Ilitch School of Business
Rendering of The Mike Ilitch School of Business

The last beam of steel was also placed at the Mike Ilitch School of Business building, which broke ground in July 2016 and is also slated to open next year. The project, located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Temple Street, was financed through a $40 million donation by the Ilitch family and upon completion will serve more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

“This topping out is not just a construction milestone, but also a milestone for business education in Detroit,” Wayne State University President Roy Wilson said in prepared remarks.

The District Detroit is a 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization that brings together eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and four professional sports teams. The project will ultimately account for a total economic impact of more than $2 billion and create more than 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs in addition to 1,100 permanent jobs.