• Size:
    245,000
  • Scope of work:
    Complete demolition, core work, and rebuilding of nine floors, upgrades to infrastructure, full upgrade of mechanical and electrical; complete remodel of all interior spaces.
  • Services rendered:
    Tenant improvement, historic renovation
  • Contract amount:
    $32,000,000
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The Chase BuildingDetroit, MI

Overview
In 2011, Quicken Loans purchased The Chase Building to provide space for additional staff members to work downtown. Sachse Construction renovated nine floors of the 12-story building, totaling over 245,000 square feet of renovation. The remodel included updates to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and small repairs to the exterior facade. The remodel also included building out a large cafeteria, as well as small kitchen areas. A patio was constructed on the east side of the building to create space for employees outdoors.

Challenges
Various challenges arose during the remodeling of the Chase Building. Bedrock’s original intent was to reuse existing bathroom plumbing on all floors, but during construction, it was discovered that all plumbing had deteriorated. This threatened to postpone the completion date. In addition to the bathroom challenges, two fire alarm systems presented unique challenges for the property managers, their engineers, and the construction team when trying to get them to function cohesively.

Solutions
Sachse Construction reviewed all possible scenarios for the plumbing before presenting to the client. Sachse tested the water, and even ran cameras through the plumbing. Sachse recommended to the client that the plumbing be replaced, and worked extra hours and weekends to keep the progress of the construction on schedule. For the alarm system, Sachse designed a new single system that would replace the current one in an effort to avoid confusion for the landlord. Sachse taught the landlord how to use the new system, which proved to be much easier to function than the previous system.