One Woodward
One Woodward
One Woodward
  • Size:
    75,000 SF
  • Scope of work:
    Renovation and complete tenant improvement of 9 floors, additional tenant improvements on 6 floors, and core work on 26 floors
  • Services rendered:
    Tenant improvement
  • Contract amount:
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One WoodwardDetroit, MI


Sachse Construction worked closely with Bedrock Management, Neumann/Smith, and Quicken Loans to quickly renovate nine floors within One Woodward for Quicken Loans. The 105,000 square foot space was completed in only twelve weeks time in order to accommodate Quicken Loans’ urgent need for additional space downtown. Additionally, Sachse has completed several other office remodels for other tenants including Detroit, Regional Chamber, Fontinalis, Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti, & Sherbrook.


There were various challenges that needed to be overcome in order to complete the construction for One Woodward. Firstly, construction for Quicken Loans’ space of nine floors began on December 1, 2012, with the first two floors scheduled to be completed for occupancy by December 22, 2012, and each additional floor turned over every week after. Secondly, One Woodward’s loading dock is located in the basement, and large trucks could not be positioned to have access to the basement. Thirdly, most of the electrical systems were feed through a “Walker Duct System” located within the floor slab, making it difficult to make upgrades to the system. Fourthly, the building did not have any background drawings for the MEP systems, requiring extensive ‘as-built’ investigation while construction progressed at light speed.


In order to ensure that the project was completed within the required deadline, careful planning and coordination were needed. The entire construction process was overseen by the project superintendent(s), and project manager. Additionally, Bedrock, Sachse, Neumann/Smith, Ghafari and all of the building officials reviewed the drawings and identified issues needed to be addressed before the drawings were submitted. This allowed the review to advance quickly, and the team was able to obtain a permit in a timely fashion. This also became critical when Sachse was required to turn over floors, with the City granting phased occupancy. To overcome the loading dock issue, all deliveries had to be brought in through the side doors and up the freight elevator. Sachse worked around the building schedule, and organized all deliveries to be brought in during “off” working hours of the building. The electrical challenges were solved by finding where access points were located within the floors and learning where the walls were fed. Floor cores were installed based on wall locations, and the walls were adjusted to be located over the walker duct. Finally, Sachse worked with the mechanical contractors and engineers to design the mech-anical system and develop working drawings.