Bedrock Detroit wanted to convert the Detroit News complex and former warehouse and production facility, into modern office space for its tenants.
Following the relocation of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News staff, the 311,787 square foot Detroit Media Partnership Complex was purchased by Bedrock Detroit in preparation for new tenants including Molina Healthcare and Quicken Loans. While the core and shell infrastructure were under construction, PBA was brought on board to provide MEP engineering design services and lighting design services for the interior renovations of the complex. Prior to Quicken Loans occupation of the space, a previous healthcare tenant had occupied 30,000 sf of space within the 6-story Annex, while training space and office space for Quicken Loans had occupied the remainder, along with an 8,000 sf ground floor cafe, called The Press Room Cafe.
Tenant improvement design for the complex, was to incorporate much of its history as a warehouse, newspaper production space and newsroom for the Detroit News, and prior to that, the Detroit Gazette, by replicating and restoring many of the building’s original features. It also needed to incorporate the contemporary flair of Quicken Loans Detroit spaces, which includes vibrant colors as well as custom contemporary furniture, lighting fixtures and playful elements such as a game room, kitchen, bar area and breakout spaces for staff, in order to help break up the work day.
Due to varying ceiling heights, PBA had to customize routing data and power solutions by fixing them directly to Poke-Thru devices in order to provide ample headroom for staff. In addition, because the contemporary areas featured exposed ceilings, while the traditional were concealed, PBA along with Hamilton Anderson Associates adjusted paths, duct sizes and equipment locations in order to appear seamless throughout the complex.
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