College for Creative Studies Art Centre Building Renovation

Detroit, Michigan

    Client

  • College for Creative Studies

    Project Size

UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE

The College of Creative Studies (CCS) decided to renovate the Art Centre Building (ACB) to fulfill their students’ desires of living in a vibrant urban environment. In addition to providing more on-campus housing, the updated facility will help to change the perception that CCS is primarily a commuter college.

Since the ACB was built in 1926 and had no existing building documents, our team conducted high-definition laser scanning to facilitate the renovation design.

TAILORING THE SOLUTION

Working closely with CCS, we designed a renovated facility that encourages creativity and collaboration 24 hours a day − all while maintaining the historic character of the building. The newly-configured living quarters consist of suite-style apartments and loft-style dorm rooms, a fitness center, and recreation areas. The project scope also includes new elevators, stairways, air conditioning, common areas, a conference center, and a gallery space for student work and exhibitions. A new exterior façade brings a contemporary look while respecting the building’s legacy.

We provided comprehensive architecture and engineering, along with laser scanning and construction administration services for the renovation. With expectations of little disturbance to other areas in the building, plans are to keep the facility open and fully operational during the three-year renovation process.

SUPPORTING WHAT MATTERS

When complete, the renovation will add approximately 100 beds to the building, providing more opportunities for those students looking to live on campus in a colorful and vibrant city. The ACB will continue to serve as a hub of creativity for CCS students and visitors alike.