Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business

Higher Education

Wayne State University
Project Name:
Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business
Project Service:
Structural and Misc. Steel
Project Location:
Detroit, Michigan
February 2017 - July 2017
Smith Group JJR

Ideal Contracting was awarded the structural steel package for the new Mike Ilitch School of Business, named for late Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch. The four-story building is located directly adjacent to the Little Caesars Arena in the north end of the new District Detroit neighborhood. Ideal procured and erected approximately 1,200 tons of structural steel and metal decking in a three-month period. Specialty pre-fabricated fireproof columns were specifically detailed to ensure connection material was contained within the square steel shell and the architectural shell extended past ceiling lines. Every detail of the building was carefully planned in a specific manner to minimize the amount of field labor on site. This included shop installation of small stub beams to minimize moment welding, changing braced connections from field welded to field bolted, as well as changing column splices from welded to bolted. The total project site was only 1.3 acres, which minimized the lay down area and required precise scheduling and delivery planning.