DETROIT’S FIRST (INTENTIONALLY) BACKWARD BUILD.
We’ve seen some things in our time, and many of said things have involved builders defying logic, practicality, and physics to unintentionally achieve a backward trajectory to the construction process that seemingly never makes sense, and always leaves us scratching our heads.
It’s the reason we occasionally feel the need to head outside and scream “GREEN SIDE UP!” when sod is being installed.
So we took great interest in learning that the new The Exchange development in Greektown would be built backward ON PURPOSE. Refreshing.
Unlike traditional construction, which sees buildings built from the ground up, The Exchange raised the top floor of the building into place first, with the remaining floors lifted in descending order until the bottom floor is completed.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Using Barton Malow’s LIFTbuild technology, each floor is assembled on the ground, then lifted via steel cables and hydraulics at a rate of roughly 20-30 feet/hour; once in place, the floor is ready for build-out.
According to Barton Malow’s website, this style of construction should make construction faster, cheaper, and less labor-intensive.
The $64.6M project will feature a mix of for-sale condos (including multiple penthouse units) and for-rent apartments, with completion on track for spring 2023.
(pictured above: actual and rendering – in progress…)
OUR NEW CONSTRUCTION COLLECTION
LOT #1 | WHISPERING RIDGE ESTATES
We are now taking backup offers on this home! Featuring the 4 bed/2.5 bath/2,670+ sqft Wellington plan by Strathdale Development, includes a Gourmet Kitchen, trimmed & cased arches, glass doors on the study, and more! Check out the most recent pics (below) of our new modern-craftsman style trim!
LOT #15 | WHISPERING RIDGE ESTATES
The foundation is in, and progress is being made on this BRAND NEW/NEVER-BEEN-BUILT ranch floor plan by Strathdale Development. Featuring 3 bed/2.5 bath/2,450 sqft, a 3-car garage, and a ton of high-end finishes, we are excited to see this home take shape.
Located near Benstein & Glengary in Commerce, Whispering Ridge Estates is located in a particular section of the township that might be the only one which doesn’t require navigating 2-lane roads while winding around every lake in Oakland County, resulting in commute times that range from 30 min to the Donner Party. Yay! Connect with us for the details!
7533 GILMAN | WESTLAND
Westland is the BESTLAND and this beautiful new MOVE-IN READY ranch by Kensington Family Homes offers all of the luxuries and efficiencies of a new home, while still offering the charm and conveniences of an existing neighborhood.
Located a block from the Middle Rouge River and all the parks surrounding Hines Drive – including Middlebelt Hill Park! – you’ll also find yourself in close proximity to shopping, dining, and Garden City Hospital (though not necessarily in that order).
Featuring 3 bed/2 bath and nearly 1,330 sqft, it also offers an attached 2-car garage, plenty of high-end finishes, and desirable Livonia Schools!
OUR NOT NEW BUT NEW TO YOU COLLECTION
All of our current re-sale listings are under contract – YAY!
IN OTHER REAL ESTATE NEWS…
320 MARTIN | BIRMINGHAM
Another mixed-use development (with a residential component) is in the works, this time on the west side of Downtown Birmingham; developers are planning an addition to the old post office, with a new 5-story structure on the site of the adjacent parking lot at Bates and Maple. The planning board approved the preliminary site plan back in May for the project which is expected to include retail, office space, and residential; the latter of which only has plans for 6 (sizable) for-rent units, though that number could increase… [read more]
HUDSON TOWNES | NEW HUDSON
Robertson Brothers Homes recently closed on a nearly 7-acre parcel near I-96 and Milford Road; for those unfamiliar, New Hudson is an unincorporated community that is roughly the size of a large intersection within Lyon Township. Located at the northeast corner of Grand River & Lyon Center Drive, plans call for 94-townhomes, adjacent to the economic center of the township, with the same familiar design and sizing of the highly-popular plans that have been built around Metro Detroit over the past decade…. [read more]
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