Detroit Free Press Building



Project Stats

Detroit, MI


Detroit Free Press


Kramer Design


Self-Perform Miscellaneous Steel Installation, Self-Perform Structural Steel Erection



276,000 SF

Project Size

Project Overview

Turner awarded Ideal Contracting the structural steel package for the renovation of the historical Detroit Free Press Building on Fort Street. The approximately 276,000-square-foot mixed-use building houses retail, office, and residential spaces. Phase I of the project addressed the existing building core and shell, while Phase II focused on the interior architectural work.

Considering that the project site was in downtown Detroit, Ideal faced unique challenges due to the limited on-site material laydown areas and constraints on material sizes/weight. Ideal worked closely with the customer, detailer, and fabricator to prioritize and sort steel materials by length and location. The customer’s main priority was to frame out a new freight elevator shaft that ran from the basement to the building’s upper roof. Ideal Contracting coordinated with the customer and the structural engineering team to design, fabricate, and install safety barrier plates to cover the elevator shaft openings at key floor locations. The safety barrier panels allowed the steel and demolition contractor to work on the elevator shaft simultaneously, promoting both safety and schedule improvement.

Project Highlights

  • 96 tons of steel
  • Structural steel members weighing over 2 tons
  • 276,000 SF

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