As found, the original mechanical system in Detroit’s G.A.R. building consisted of steam pipes, wire run between floor joists and only a handful of water pipes scattered across the 4 floors. To update the HVAC and provide ventilation for the restaurants, our team is creating a shaft to run the height of the building.The cutting of floors and ceilings alike took place this week. The new chase starts in the ceiling of the first floor and runs up through the assembly hall, up passed the balcony and into the attic.The building layout allowed for the shaft in the middle of the each floor plate. Fortunately it takes little away from usable space of each floor.
Elsewhere, we’ve ordered our system’s equipment.Now we wait on the bigger pieces including the elevator and HVAC system. Mid summer, those deliveries should happen and the teams can begin connecting the dots.
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo