Federal court to celebrate courthouse upgrade

A $140-million project to upgrade mechanical, electrical and other systems within the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in downtown Detroit will celebrate its recent start on Monday, Sept. 12, with a groundbreaking ceremony in the 82-year-old building.

The event, which will feature judges and the regional administrator of the United States General Services Administration, will get underway at 10:30 a.m. in The Detroit Room (Room 115) on the ground floor.

The four-year project at the historic courthouse is one of the largest projects GSA has undertaken in Detroit in many years. The work will be completed without having to relocate building tenants to external space. The 770,000 square foot building will remain fully occupied through the duration of the project.

The GSA also plans to repair the plumbing system, elevators and modernize public restrooms to improve accessibility and water efficiency.

The project will preserve an iconic asset in downtown Detroit and extend the life of the building, ensuring it remains a vibrant part of the city’s historic fabric.

The Christman Company, a Michigan-based firm whose Detroit office will be managing the project, will serve as the construction manager for the project. EYP Architecture & Engineering of Washington, D.C., is providing design services for the project.

Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, former Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, and Ann P. Kalayil, regional administrator of the GSA’s Great Lakes Region, will participate in the event.

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