Work begins to preserve historic federal courthouse


– Photos by John Meiu

PHOTO #1: A $140-million project to upgrade mechanical, electrical and other systems within the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in downtown Detroit celebrated its recent start on Monday, Sept. 12, with a ground-breaking ceremony in the 82-year-old building. Taking part in the event were (left to right) U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, former Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen and Ann P. Kalayil, regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region.

PHOTO #2: The four-year project at the historic courthouse is one of the largest projects U.S. General Services Administration 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.

PHOTO #3: U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan, explained how 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.