Detroit’s old train station is getting a major makeover, and starting with the windows.
It’s a project that billionaire Manuel “Matty” Moroun is conducting to make improvements, and the upgrade will include 1,000 new windows being installed. The project began with workers dedicating significant work to avoid water damage and repair electrical issues. Approximately 30 people have been working on the building over the past five years.
“I think it’s gorgeous, the architecture is just fantastic,” said Gary Chamberlain, one of the workers. “We are just so happy to be a part of it.”
The Moroun family bought the station in 1995. As part of their deal with the city, about 1,080 windows are being installed on 15 floors. The one-inch double pane windows are environmentally friendly, and meet new standards. Their design also matches the historic color of the original windows.
“These windows weight about 350 pounds; they are architectural grade windows that go through the most stringent testing,” said Ken Carter, project superintendent.
The goal is to install the windows to create a look that reflects what the building looked like in 1913.
“It was bustling,” said worker Harry Meeks. “There were people moving around everywhere.”
While a lot has been done, a significant amount of work remains. What has already been finished, however, changes the entire look from the outside. Currently, there are no clear plans for what will be done with the building. However, the project aims at securing the building from the elements to make it usable in the future. It is expected that the windows will be completed by the end of the year.