General Motors Estes-Cole Pedestrian Connector


General Motors

Project Stats

Warren, MI


General Motors


Smith Group


General Contracting, Self-Perform Civil, Self-Perform Miscellaneous Steel Installation, Self-Perform Structural Steel Erection


6,800 SF

Project Size

Project Overview

General Motors selected Ideal Contracting as the design-build contractor for the Estes-Cole Pedestrian Connector project at the Global Tech Center. The new pedestrian connector allowed for the movement of thousands of employees between the Estes and Cole buildings with the intent to inspire employees to work together and collaborate with efficiency.



Based on the client’s needs, only seven months were available to complete the design, engineering, and construction of the new pedestrian connector. As the design-build contractor, Ideal was responsible for the coordination and collaboration between the design team. To expedite the schedule, Ideal Contracting self-performed the earthwork, site utilities, foundations, flatwork, and structural and miscellaneous steel erection. The team’s early engagement and highly collaborative approach to planning and executing the work ensured the safe delivery of the project with minimal impact on GM’s Global Tech Center campus.

Project Highlights

  • 140 tons of steel
  • 400 CY of concrete placed
  • 6,800 SF

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