RAM Construction Services was awarded the opportunity to partner with Sachse Construction and McIntosh Poris to assist with the restoration of the former Detroit Fire Department headquarters located on the northeast corner of Washing Boulevard and West Larned Street that was built in 1929. The project consisted of converting the building into a new 99-guest room boutique hotel with RAM’s focus on repairing the exterior and interior masonry along with a complete building envelope restoration and pressure wash. Now a thriving hotel across from one of Detroit’s largest event centers, guests enjoy pleasurable boutique rooms and suites that offer a remarkable mix of iconic Motor City design with a blend of modern luxury.
Transforming the functionality of the building from a fully occupational fire house to a boutique hotel was certainly an exciting and rewarding challenge that was presented on this project. This would include creating new decorative window openings in mass masonry exterior walls. Upon completion, all new windows appear to be part of the initial construction and design while offering new views of the Detroit skyline and natural light to guests. Interior masonry walls were knocked down and rebuilt along with construction of new masonry elevator and stairwell shafts to move visitors safely from floor to floor.