Mr. I's school of business rises in the District Detroit
As part of the topping-out ceremony, a member of Ironworkers Local 25 – his hardhat plastered with a Mr. I decal in honor of the late Mike Ilitch – watched as the last steel beam and the traditional evergreen tree were hoisted into place on the new Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. The steel building team in the field placed the steel on this 120,000-square-foot building in only about two-and-a-half months. The main steel building team: Detroit-based Ideal Contracting LLC was responsible for detailing, fabrication and erection; working under contract to Idea, Ruby + Associates Inc., Bingham Farms, served as erection engineer for this showcase project; and Thomas Steel Inc., Bellevue, Ohio, was the fabricator for the main building. The team's steely sense of purpose and production swiftly erected the structural steel frame for this four-story building and its complex, multi-dimensional, cantilevered canopy. The canopy will give the building a commanding presence along Woodward Avenue and Temple Street. This choice location is in the heart of the District Detroit; the building's next-door neighbor is the recently unveiled Little Caesars Arena.