The Detroit Medical Center launched its long-awaited new construction and expansion program during a “Construction Outreach” event that announced the creation of an estimated 5,000 local jobs for the building industry.
“This is a major step forward for Detroit and Southeast Michigan,” said DMC president and CEO Michael Duggan. “In a time where the City is in a deep recession, with high unemployment, the creation of thousands of good-paying construction jobs is a sign of hope for all of us.”
Vanguard Health Systems has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade and expand DMC, including 15 different major construction projects at three DMC campuses (Central Detroit; Northwest Detroit and Commerce Township). This commitment represents the largest single private investment in the city’s history.
The project budgets — ranging from $3 million to $170 million — are scheduled to begin immediately after the tentative Oct. 1 closing date of the agreement between DMC and Vanguard. The first project calls for new construction of a Children’s Hospital of Michigan Pediatric Specialty Center. Other early projects will include the construction of new medical office buildings and a new patient tower at Children’s.
The DMC “Construction Outreach” event, held at Ford Field, brought together a wide assortment of hospital and community officials, who shared their vision of how a greatly expanded DMC will boost the local economy and also improve health care for tens of thousands of patients in Southeast Michigan.
The attendees, more than 600 representatives from contracting firms from all across the region, learned specific details about the bidder pre-qualification process. Also on hand, were the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council to discuss the requirements needed to meet minority classifications, and the City of Detroit to discuss the requirements needed to be Detroit based and Detroit headquartered businesses.
For a complete project listing and photos, visit www.DMC.org and click on the Construction Outreach Banner.
(c) 2010, WWJ Newsradio 950. All rights reserved.