The six-story, 36,000 square-foot building located at 1265 Griswold, which was formally named the Bamlet Building, was erected in 1896 and borders the “Capital Park District” in downtown Detroit. The vacant building was purchased by Bedrock Real Estate Services in 2013; and renovations began shortly thereafter including a total interior and exterior facelift. The DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) now occupies in the newly revamped facility, a university styled music school where students study composition, performance, and a business curriculum. This once-abandoned eyesore has been transformed into a full-fledged musical learning center adding to the reemergence of Detroit’s cultural and art scene.
The DIME project presented a number of challenges. The most difficult could be attributed to the extremely aggressive schedule. Construction began in the spring of 2014 and students were expected to be sitting in the classrooms for the fall semester. In a matter of months, the building was gutted and converted into an operating facility. Another test RAM Construction Services faced was coordinating the restoration of the facade (including the installation of the new stone veneer at the first floor) with the replacement of the vaulted basements on both the east and north elevations. Our teams worked side-by-side to safely complete all elements of the complex work that was required for this exterior restoration project.