Community members came together last month to break ground for the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in The District Detroit following Detroit Downtown Development Authority approval of a Master Development Agreement. Full construction is expected to start later this year and the first students are expected to begin taking classes in 2018. The business school is named in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch, entrepreneurs and philanthropists in southeast Michigan who founded Little Caesars.
The Mike Ilitch School of Business will serve more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and provide flexible teaching, research, and office and community spaces for students and faculty. It will be highly integrated along Woodward Avenue with its prominent position, including a number of innovative street level, sidewalk uses such as a full trading floor, an open air classroom, business incubator pop-up and corner café.
Detroit-based Christman-Brinker has been selected to be the construction manager for the new business school building and Detroit-based architectural firm Smith Group JJR led the development of the updated design for the new structure.
“The glass façade and design elements, such as the café and the indoor-outdoor spaces, make the Mike Ilitch School of Business both visually striking and inviting to the greater Detroit community,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “This new home for our business school will create a beautiful and accessible gateway connecting Midtown and downtown Detroit for students, faculty and the community alike. It’s a fitting and elegant design for a world-class business school made possible by entrepreneurs who throughout their career have been dedicated to opening up a world of opportunities for the people of Detroit.”
Olympia Development Corporation