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Ford Taps Quinn Evans Architects, Christman Brinker for Corktown Transformation

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Michigan Central Station | Corktown Transformation

Ford Motor Company has named Quinn Evans Architects, Christman Company, and L.S. Brinker Company to key roles related to the rejuvenation of Michigan Central Station and the creation of its new Corktown campus. The former will serve as the lead in design, and the latter two companies are forming the Corktown Transformation Joint Venture to tackle construction management.

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“Quinn Evans Architects and Christman Brinker have a strong track record of working together on restoring historic buildings, so we felt they were the right partners to help us begin this transformation project,” said Todd Brooks, program manager, Ford Land “They share Ford’s passion for redeveloping Detroit’s landmark train station, ensuring the local community benefits from our presence and building the future of the transportation industry right here in Detroit.”

Construction on the Corktown transformation project is set to get underway by the end of 2018, pending government approval, and should conclude by 2022. Ford’s project calls for Corktown to host a 1.2-million-square-foot campus that encompasses several key properties, including the recently purchased Michigan Central Station. The campus will host 2,500 Ford employees and 2,500 additional employees from local businesses and Ford partners. Ford has set aside nearly 300,000 square feet for housing, retail, and community spaces.

“This will be the kind of campus where the emerging economy thrives — a collaborative ecosystem of companies, educators, investors, and innovators,” said Ford CEO Jim Hackett.

Ford also announced this month that it is pledging $5 million to workforce training, education, and development in Detroit to help fill a shortage of skilled labor.

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