RAM Construction Services has been selected to assist in the renovation of Detroit’s David Whitney Building, which began in May of 2013. The goal of this project is to renew and highlight the antiquity of this historic structure. Completed in 1915, the David Whitney Building has stood on the corner of the Grand Circus Park Historic District for nearly one hundred years. The skyscraper lost some of its reverence when the cornices were removed in the 1950s to give the structure a more modern aesthetic. Over time, the white glazed brick lost much of its sheen and had become stained with carbon and environmental grime.
RAM Construction Services is currently restoring these decorative exterior elements to the satisfaction and approval of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. The project scope also includes replacing tens of thousands of brick, granite and terracotta repairs, and a thorough but gentle cleaning of the exterior façade. All brick too damaged to salvage have been replaced with specially made replicas that match the existing size and color. RAM tested a variety of specialty cleaning methods to restore the discolored brick to their glamorous original sheen. A mild detergent integrated with a light pressure wash has succeeded in stripping away years of neglect from the beautiful David Whitney Building. Construction is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2014.