Walbridge was selected by Bedrock as construction manager for renovation of the 38-story, 210,000-square-foot David Stott Building, located at the corner of Griswold and State streets in downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park.
At one time, David Stott ran one of the largest flour mills in the Midwest. Following his death in 1916, his children planned to honor him by constructing a skyscraper in Detroit. Donaldson & Meier designed the art deco style structure, which officially opened in June 1929.
The towering building is made of reddish-orange brick and the first three floors are faced with marble and limestone. There are several setbacks that taper the building as it climbs to a height of 436 feet.
Early work on renovating the building included cleaning its exterior. Interior work includes saving and restoring ornate tile, woodwork, and lights, as well as repairing and replacing plaster walls, and replacing the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The elevators, at one time among the speediest in the U.S., will be renovated as well.
Kraemer Design Group is the project architect. Walbridge and KDG worked together on redevelopment of The David Whitney Building, which re-opened in Detroit in December 2014.