WCI Contractors, Inc. is a construction company that works on a variety of projects such as streetscapes, parks, playgrounds and buildings in Detroit and the metro area. President and CEO Thomas Maliszewski founded WCI in 1991.
What are some of your notable projects?
A recent notable project was the Dequindre Cut trail entrance plaza. It recently won an award with the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). Additional projects we took great pride in were Mt. Elliott Park, Chene Park, Cadillac Square Park and Eastern Market Shed 2 renovations.
Tell me about some of the current projects you’re working on.
We are currently working on a variety of projects. One that I’m particularly fond of is the construction we’re doing on Shed 5 at Eastern Market. As an aside, my grandfather came to Detroit in the early 1900s and he ran a grocery store on Chene Street. He and my father would go to Eastern Market to buy the vegetables. My family’s history in the city makes working on projects here even more enjoyable.
We’re also working with the Detroit Parks and Recreation department to renovate two parks right now: Patton Park and Balduck Park. That project started last fall and are set to complete this spring. In fact, we’ll be doing a lot around the city once spring is upon us. A new bus transit center is also in progress at Northland Center with the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT).
Why did you select Detroit as your headquarters?
Detroit is central in the type of work WCI wanted to do. It’s great to be in the city and stay in tune with what is going on. Now is a particularly exciting and busy time for WCI in Detroit. There is a lot of potential in the city. In fact, I have friends in other states and countries that ask about what’s happening in Detroit all the time. I always respond, “This city is as much of an opportunity as someone wants it to be – it’s not all true what you see on TV – it’s great place to live.”
What do you find most exciting about the changing face of Detroit?
It’s really exciting to work with nearly every department in Detroit. For example, we worked with Detroit public schools, constructing three complete athletic complexes. It’s wonderful when our projects are completed and we are able to see residents enjoy them. WCI is committed to addressing the city’s needs and creating a positive energy around town.
How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?
WCI wants to continue to build quality projects for residents. We’re also passionate about encouraging maintenance for our projects and around the city – to keep Detroit clean and all construction up-to-date.
What is your company culture?
No two projects are the same, we work on so many different types of construction and each project is unique in its customization. Longevity is another main component to WCI’s culture, we commit to doing projects right the first time for a quality end result.
Tiffini D. Smith