Designated a National Historic Landmark in June of 1989, the Guardian Building is a beautiful architectural landmark located in Downtown Detroit. The foundation for the skyscraper was completed in 1927 and the building was opened to the public in 1929. The building was utilized during World War II as an Army command center to coordinate war time production. RAM Construction Services was selected to inspect the building façade for signs of water damage, fall hazards, and to perform associated emergency repairs. This project was immediately unique: the building has no structurally sound parapet wall from which to hang a swing stage. The RAM Team created a rigging system by installing corner protectors on the North and South Towers and then wrapping the rigging cable around the Towers to create a secure approach for our crew to visually inspect the full height of the building.
The orange brick utilized for the building were custom colored for the architect, who was given the honor to name the color. The architect selected the name “Guardian” which is how the building was named. With time, the over 1.8 million custom orange brick had begun to deteriorate and the mortar joints had split, allowing for water to intrude the building façade and corrode the structural steel frame. RAM discovered there were also over fifty different types and shapes of terracotta stone and custom colored bricks that make up the Guardian Building’s colorful appearance! RAM assisted with the research for replicas of each sample. Hundreds of brick and stone will be removed and replaced with historical replicas that will not alter the Guardians famous colorful aesthetic!