The Renaissance Center is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in Downtown Detroit, United States. The Renaissance Center complex is on the Detroit International Riverfront and is owned by General Motors as its world headquarters; the central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the third tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. It has been the tallest building in Michigan since it was erected in 1977. John Portman was the principal architect for the original design; the first phase consisted of a five tower rosette rising from a common base. Four 39-story office towers surround the 73-story hotel rising from a square-shaped podium which includes a shopping center, restaurants and banks; the first phase opened in March 1977. Portman's design brought renewed attention to city architecture, since it resulted in construction of the world's tallest hotel at the time. Two additional 21-story office towers opened in 1981; this type of complex has been termed a city within a city.
In 2004, General Motors completed a US$500 million renovation of the Class-A center as its world headquarters, which it had purchased in 1996. The renovation included the addition of the five-story Wintergarden atrium, which provides access to the International Riverfront. Architects for the renovation included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SmithGroup, Ghafari Associates. Work continued in and around the complex until 2005. Renaissance Center totals 5,552,000 square feet making it one of the world's largest commercial complexes. In July 2015, the complex was re-branded as "The GMRENCEN." Its logo was modernized and "Reflecting a New Detroit" was introduced as the new tagline. A photo-journalistic advertising campaign launched to shine a spotlight on the people in Detroit who make remarkable contributions to the city. Conceived by Henry Ford II and financed by the Ford Motor Company, the Renaissance Center became the world's largest private development with an anticipated 1971 cost of $500 million.
The project was intended to revitalize the economy of Detroit. In its first year of operation it generated over $1 billion in economic growth for the downtown. In 1970, Ford Motor Company Chairman Henry Ford II teamed up with other business leaders to form Detroit Renaissance, a private non-profit development organization, which he headed in order to stimulate building activity in the city; the group announced the first phase of construction in 1971. In addition, Detroit Renaissance contributed to a variety of other projects within the downtown area in the ensuing decades. Henry Ford II sold the concept of the RenCen to the community leaders. Detroit Mayor Roman Gribbs touted the project as a complete rebuilding from bridge to bridge, referring to the area between the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit to Windsor and the MacArthur Bridge, which connects the city with Belle Isle Park; the city within a city arose. The first phase of Renaissance Center opened on July 1, 1976. Principal architect John Portman was the architect for the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
For phase I, the facade of the first five towers was covered with 2,000,000 square feet of glass, used about 400,000 cubic yards of concrete. This did not include the additional glass used for the atriums. Phase I of the Renaissance Center cost $337 million employing 7,000 workers. In 1977, the central hotel tower of the Renaissance Center opened as the Detroit Plaza Hotel, managed by Western International Hotels, to become the world's tallest all-hotel skyscraper surpassing its architectural twin, the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta; the hotel was renamed The Westin Hotel Renaissance Center Detroit. In 1986, it was surpassed in height by The Westin Stamford in Singapore. Since 1986, the Renaissance Center's central tower has held the distinction as the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Other phases that included residences, additional office and retail space were never constructed. On April 15, 1977, Henry Ford II and Detroit mayor Coleman Young unveiled a plaque commemorating the private investors whose funds made the project possible and that evening, 650 business and society leaders attended a benefit celebrating the Renaissance Center's formal dedication.
The money raised from the $300-per-couple tickets went to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. When it opened, the cylindrical central tower was the flagship of Westin Hotels; the top three floors of the hotel hosted an upscale restaurant, The Summit, that rotated to allow a 360 degree view. The shopping center in the podium housed high-end boutiques, but now contains a greater complement of restaurants in the retail mix. In 1980, Detroit hosted the Republican National Convention and presidential nominee Ronald Reagan and former President Gerald Ford both stayed at the Renaissance Center while in attendance; the "city within a city" concept was duplicated in the metropolitan area with the 2,200,000 square feet Southfield Town Center office complex with five inter-connected golden skyscrapers constructed from 1975 to 1989 in the suburb of Southfield. In the ensuing years, the Renaissance Center would face competition from the growing suburban office market. In 1987, the elevated Detroit People Mover transit line began operation with a stop at the Renaissance Center.
Ford Motor Company occupied a large block of space. In 1996, General Motors purchased the complex and moved its world headquarters to the Renaissance Cent
Detroit Public Library
The Detroit Public Library is the second largest library system in the U. S. state of Michigan by volumes is the 21st largest library system in the United States. It is composed of the Main Library on Woodward Avenue, which houses the library's administration offices, 23 branch locations across the city; the Main Library is part of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Detroit Public Library was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style, his son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. was a partner with Francis J. Keally in the design of the library's additional wings added in 1963. Among his other buildings, Cass Gilbert designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, the Minnesota State Capitol and the Woolworth Building in New York City. A stand-alone public library in Detroit dates back to 1865.
An 1842 state law requiring the Detroit Board of Education to open a library resulted in a public reading room opening on March 25, 1865 in the old Capitol High School at State and Griswold Street. In 1872, the Centre Park Library opened across the street from the current location of the Skillman Branch in downtown Detroit at Gratiot and Library Street; the first branch library opened in 1897 when the Detroit Water Commission library was opened to the public. Several additional branches opened shortly afterwards, including one in the Old Main building of Wayne State University, but it was not until 1910 when Andrew Carnegie, the great American library philanthropist of the early 20th century, donated funds did Detroiters decide to build a larger central library to supplement Centre Park. Property near Woodward and Kirby was purchased and in 1912 Cass Gilbert was commissioned to construct his design of a three-floor, early Italian Renaissance-style building. Due to delays and World War I, the Main Library did not open until March 21, 1921.
It was dedicated June 3, 1921. The library system's bookmobile service began in 1940. After World War II, Detroit Public Library obtained "projected books" on microfilm and loaned these with portable projectors to disabled veterans who could press a switch under their chin more than turning a page; the north and south wings opened on June 23, 1963 and added a significant amount of space to the building. The wings were connected along the rear of the original building and a new entrance created on Cass Avenue. Above this entrance is a mosaic by Millard Sheets entitled The River of Knowledge; as part of the addition, a tripych mural was added to the west wall of Adam Strohm Hall on the third floor. The mural by local artist John Stephens Coppin is entitled Man's Mobility and depicts a history of transportation; this mural compliments a tryparch mural on the opposite wall completed in 1921 by Gari Melchers depicting Detroit's early history. The Detroit Public Library is a founding member of the Detroit area library network.
The network ran the Integrated Library System for the library, but the library purchased its own servers, after the mainframe computer era began to wane, the library now runs its own systems. The library continues to be a member partner in the network consortium; the Detroit Public Library is a publicly funded, municipal corporation. The Detroit Public Library Commission, whose members are appointed by the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education, is the governing authority for the system; the commission administers funds. There are 7 Library Commissioners, with the seventh commissioner being the current president of the Board of Education, an ex-offico commissioner. Library Commissioners are appointed to 6 year staggered terms. There is an annual general meeting where the president, vice president, secretary of the commission are elected, monthly meetings held at the Main Library which are open to the public; the commission appoint and hires the Director, Deputy Director and all other employees are hired by the commission, upon the recommendation of the Director.
September 16, 2014, former chief administrative and technology officer Timothy Cromer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a $1.5 million kickback scheme." The Detroit Public Library offers users books, records, CDs, videos, DVDs and electronic materials through access to subscription databases. It houses the Burton Historical Collection, the E. Azalia Hackley Collection, the National Automotive History Collection. Additionally, there are online collections, including one on Detroit Tigers and Baseball Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Ernie Harwell; the Ernie Harwell Online Exhibit is part of the Burton Historical Collection. The Detroit Public Library Online Catalog The library offers practical advice to Detroiters through their TIP service, short for The Information Place. Librarians and support staff have access to a TIP database and offer free community information and referral service on matters such as food, transportation, financial aid, legal advice, counseling, health care and family support.
Library clients can search the TIP database themselves. The Douglass Branch for Specialized Services is the base of operations for the bookmobile service, it houses the Library for the Blind and the Physically Handicapped and other special services; the quotes on the out
Greektown is a historic commercial and entertainment district in Detroit, located just northeast of the heart of downtown, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets with a station on the city's elevated downtown transit system known as the Detroit People Mover. Greektown is situated between the Renaissance Center, Comerica Park, Ford Field; the district is dominated by Greek-themed restaurants and includes St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Second Baptist Church, the Athenium Suite Hotel, the Greektown Casino-Hotel within its boundaries; the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The district is the site of the Greek parade in March; the area known today as Greektown was first settled in the 1830s by German immigrants, who created a residential neighborhood in the area. However, in the earliest years of the 20th century, most of the German residents began moving from the neighborhood into areas farther from downtown; as the Germans left the area, new Greek immigrants moved in, spurred by Theodore Gerasimos, the first documented Greek immigrant in Detroit.
The newly arrived Greeks established businesses in the neighborhood. By the 1920s, the area was becoming commercial rather than residential, the Greek residents began moving out; the next thirty years brought a melange of immigrants to the few residential spaces left in the neighborhood. Redevelopment in the 1960s led to the neighborhood becoming more commercialized to provide space for municipal buildings and parking. Realizing the culturally significant neighborhood was at risk, Detroit's Greek leaders banded together. With the help of the Mayor's office, the streetscape and building exteriors were improved, additional street lighting was installed; the neighborhood threw a Greek festival in 1966, timed to coincide with Fourth of July celebrations. The festival was a success, was continued for years until turnout grew too large. By that time, Greektown was established in Detroit; the Greektown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. As of June 2012 only three full-fledged Greek restaurants remain in Greektown.
The neighborhood is a popular restaurant and entertainment district, having many restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine, as well as one of the city's three casinos, Greektown Casino. Certain buildings on Monroe Street are themed to resemble the Parthenon and other forms of Greek architecture. Greek music is played on Monroe Street throughout the day. Well known restaurants include The New Parthenon, The Golden Fleece, Laikon Cafe, Cyprus Taverna, Pegasus Taverna, Pizza Papalis, Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe; the Detroit People Mover has a station at the Greektown Casino on Beaubien Street between Monroe Street and Lafayette Boulevard. Greektown is featured in the video game Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. In the American cable TV series Low Winter Sun, the Detroit Police precinct is located four blocks from Greektown, Maya and Damon "kick up" tributes from her bar and from their drug and prostitution earnings to Skelos, Greektown's main crime lord. Seeking to gain independence from Skelos, Damon opens a blind pig outside of Greektown, where he kicks up to Reverend Lowdown.
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The Detroit–Windsor region is an international transborder agglomeration comprising the American city of Detroit, the Canadian city of Windsor and the Detroit River between them. The Detroit–Windsor area acts as a critical commercial link straddling the Canada–United States border and has a total population of about 5,700,000, it is North America's largest cross-border conurbation. The Detroit–Windsor area covers the southeastern Michigan counties of St. Clair, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne; the Detroit–Windsor region is not recognized formally as a single metropolitan area by either the U. S. or Canadian government. If it were, the region would be the eighth most populous urban region in North America; the communities have been tied by several partnerships and agreements, including the Detroit and Windsor Tunnel Corporation, the firm, owned by the City of Detroit and City of Windsor and operates the tunnel. The cities are linked through the rise of the auto industry in both countries due to the U.
S.-Canadian Auto Pact in the 1960s, share geopolitical concerns affecting transportation and shared resources, such as the Detroit River. Many federal and provincial bi-national agreements affecting trade and border security link the region. Today, increasing governmental co-operation is being formalized. On June 15, 2012, the construction of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit was announced in the two cities by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder; the bridge announcement was a long-anticipated formalization of a new partnership between Canada and Michigan, with Canada paying the entire Michigan share of the new bridge, including a new interchange with Interstate-75. The joint Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U. S. Coast Guard Shiprider program of marine border security are examples; the increasing interdependence of Detroit–Windsor was recognized by U. S. regional business and government in 2007 when Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis was invited to take part in, speak at, the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, a committee of regional business and political leaders, developed to address the economic and quality of life issues that matter most to Southeast Michigan.
Geographically, Canada is considered north of the United States. However, this is reversed at the border in Detroit-Windsor -- in order to travel into the United States from Canada, one must proceed north across the border instead of the intuitive southern direction. Detroit is home to the Big Three automobile companies; as a result, Windsor is home to the Chrysler Canada Headquarters and car plants for two of the "Big Three". While the inner city of Detroit has experienced economic difficulties over the years, the affluent suburbs are magnets for immigrants and population growth. Windsor's economy has diversified; as an example, Caesars Windsor casino, the largest in Canada, attracts visitors from the Metro Detroit region. In fact, Kwame Kilpatrick stated that Detroit is transitioning "from a manufacturing economy to a casino economy" in his re-election campaign. Moreover, Windsor's economy has continued to diversify with several hundred green-energy jobs having been created as of June 2011. More capital investment in the city is expected in the aerospace and air cargo industry.
Windsor Airport is undergoing a major expansion, with an aircraft maintenance and repair hangar being constructed, as well as cargo facilities for air to rail/road transport. Many people commute across the Detroit–Windsor International border daily. Professions identified in the 1988 Free Trade Act are permitted TN Visas for legal work in the United States and Canada; as an example, over 5,000 Windsor residents work in the healthcare industry in Metro Detroit. One of the largest U. S. law firms, Canfield and Stone P. L. C. has offices in both Detroit. A 2004 Border Transportation Partnership study showed that 257,000 jobs in Michigan and $13 billion in annual production depend on the Detroit–Windsor international border crossing. With many new businesses in the suburbs, the region is competitive in emerging technologies including biotechnology, information technology, hydrogen fuel cell development. Together, the two metropolitan areas have a population of 6,000,000 people, with 5.4 million in the Detroit area, 375,000 people in Essex County, 125,000 in Lambton County, 110,000 in Chatham-Kent, Ontario.
It is the second largest border region in the world, after Kinshasa-Brazzaville in Central Africa, with some 5,700,000 people living in its metropolitan area). The Detroit side contains over one-half of the population of Michigan, whereas Windsor and Sarnia contain only two percent of Ontario's population. An estimated 46 million people, nearly 16% of the U. S. population, live within a 480 km radius of the area, with other metropolitan areas within this radius, such as Toronto, Ontario. While about four-fifths of the population of Metro Detroit lives outside the city itself, Windsor has a balanced population between the city of Windsor itself and the rest of Essex County; the Detroit
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River, its capital is Lansing, its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's largest metropolitan economies. Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas; the Lower Peninsula is noted as shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan; the Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair; as a result, it is one of the leading U.
S. states for recreational boating. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline; the area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded this territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War; the area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as a free one, it soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is known as the center of the U. S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies. While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism thanks to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, agriculture and high-tech industry; when the first European explorers arrived, the most populous tribes were Algonquian peoples, which include the Anishinaabe groups of Ojibwe, Odaawaa/Odawa, the Boodewaadamii/Bodéwadmi. The three nations co-existed peacefully as part of a loose confederation called the Council of Three Fires; the Ojibwe, whose numbers are estimated to have been between 25,000 and 35,000, were the largest. The Ojibwe were established in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern and central Michigan, inhabited Ontario and southern Manitoba, Canada; the Ottawa lived south of the Straits of Mackinac in northern and southern Michigan, but in southern Ontario, northern Ohio and eastern Wisconsin.
The Potawatomi were in southern and western Michigan, in addition to northern and central Indiana, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southern Ontario. Other Algonquian tribes in Michigan, in the south and east, were the Mascouten, the Menominee, the Miami, the Sac, the Fox; the Wyandot were an Iroquoian-speaking people in this area. French voyageurs and coureurs des bois settled in Michigan in the 17th century; the first Europeans to reach what became Michigan were those of Étienne Brûlé's expedition in 1622. The first permanent European settlement was founded in 1668 on the site where Père Jacques Marquette established Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as a base for Catholic missions. Missionaries in 1671–75 founded outlying stations at Saint Ignace and Marquette. Jesuit missionaries were well received by the area's Indian populations, with few difficulties or hostilities. In 1679, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle built Fort Miami at present-day St. Joseph. In 1691, the French established a trading post and Fort St. Joseph along the St. Joseph River at the present-day city of Niles.
In 1701, French explorer and army officer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit or "Fort Pontchartrain on-the-Strait" on the strait, known as the Detroit River, between lakes Saint Clair and Erie. Cadillac had convinced King Louis XIV's chief minister, Louis Phélypeaux, Comte de Pontchartrain, that a permanent community there would strengthen French control over the upper Great Lakes and discourage British aspirations; the hundred soldiers and workers who accompanied Cadillac built a fort enclosing one arpent and named it Fort Pontchartrain. Cadillac's wife, Marie Thérèse Guyon, soon moved to Detroit, becoming one of the first European women to settle in what was considered the wilderness of Michigan; the town became a major fur-trading and shipping post. The Église de Saint-Anne was founded the same year. While the original building does not survive, the congregation remains active. Cadillac departed to serve as the French governor of Louisiana from 1710 to 1716.
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One Woodward Avenue
One Woodward Avenue known as the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company Building, is a class-A office skyscraper in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. Located next to the city's Civic Center and Financial District, it overlooks the International Riverfront and was designed to blend with the City-County Building across Woodward Avenue, Cobo Center, the former Ford Auditorium to the south. Minoru Yamasaki designed the new headquarters for the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in 1962; the Michigan Consolidated Gas Building was his first skyscraper, he used elements from this design for the original World Trade Center in New York City. His design for McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University is highly regarded by architects. In the 1980s, the building became the American Natural Resources Building when that company was formed as the parent of Michigan Consolidated Gas. At this time, a pedestrian bridge was added over West Larned Street at the 14th floor to connect the ANR offices to Michigan Consolidated, which had relocated to the adjacent Guardian Building.
When the ANR offices moved from the building in the 1990s, it was given its current name. In December 2012, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert announced that his company, Rock Ventures, had purchased the building and that Quicken Loans would occupy eight-floors in the structure; the building joins the nearby Qube, First National Building, Chrysler House, 1001 Woodward in Rock Ventures' real estate portfolio. October 28, 2014, Fifth Third Bank announced plans to relocate its Michigan Regional Headquarters from Southfield to Downtown Detroit in what will be named the Fifth Third Bank Building at One Woodward; the bank will occupy 62,000 sq ft of the structure and has pledged an investment totaling $85 million to the city of Detroit to accompany the transition to its new regional headquarters. The main structure sits on a raised platform that conceals service entrances, it contains 26 usable floors, a double-height mechanical penthouse, one floor below ground, reaching a height of 430 feet The lobby rises two stories from the base and is enclosed by glass panels framed in chrome.
Accent panels have the same hexagonal design as the window frames on the upper stories. The lobby walls are recessed from the building facade to create a loggia on all four sides of the building; the floor of the loggia is covered with white marble cut in a hexagonal design and flows uninterrupted to the interior lobby floor and up the walls of the elevator banks. The ceiling of the main level consists of coffered square panels. Beneath each light bulb, a four-armed bracket holds a blue or green glass sphere that diffuses the light and casts color onto the white floor; the two elevator lobbies have a dropped ceiling that rises to a gable point and again reflects the windows of the upper stories. The lobby holds only planters and a security desk, against the original wishes of gas company executives. In their request for designs, they wished the lobby to include a showroom for gas appliances with a large sign proclaiming Gas is best, the company's slogan at the time. During his presentation, Yamasaki was able to convince company leaders that the clean lines of an unadorned lobby would enhance the company's image more than a showroom.
For this reason, the newsstand traditionally seen in large office buildings is located on the lower level. Yamasaki commissioned Giacomo Manzù, an Italian sculptor with important liturgical commissions in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, to craft the graceful Passo di Danza for the Jefferson Avenue entrance; the sculpture stood in the center of a reflecting pool that had gas torches on its surface. Because of leakage into the loading dock below, much of the pool was filled with plantings in the 1980s. On at least one occasion, the sculpture was the target of pranksters who painted large green footprints leading to it from The Spirit of Detroit statue across Woodward Avenue to suggest a late-night visit; the façade of the structure consists of piers clad in white marble that tie into the base and divide each side into four bays. The windows of the upper floors are only 12 inches wide and set into pre-cast panels made of concrete and marble chips that cover two floors. Although the windows extend nearly floor-to-ceiling, their narrowness avoids the feeling of acrophobia, a condition to which Yamasaki is said to have been subject.
The top and bottom of the window openings meet in a stylized arch, resulting in a delicate lattice appearance that Yamasaki re-used in his designs for the IBM Building in Seattle, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the World Trade Center towers. The lattice is uninterrupted from the second through 28th floors, although on the mechanical floors above 26, the spaces in the lattice remain open instead of being glazed; these floors are enclosed by a recessed wall and the space between the outer and inner walls is illuminated after dark. From the building's opening through the early 1980s, the 26th floor was occupied by an upscale restaurant known as The Top of the Flame. Air-conditioning and mechanical equipment on the roof are concealed by a similar lattice work and illuminated after nightfall. During much of the year, the lighting is white. S. Independence Day and Canada Day holidays. List of tallest buildings in Detroit Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher. AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.
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ROSSETTI is an architectural design and planning firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan The firm engages in the design of professional sports stadiums, entertainment venues and commercial buildings. Within the past decade, ROSSETTI has focused on designing sports anchored developments and master planning, where stadiums are designed and planned to integrate into an urban environment. ROSSETTI is a owned architectural firm, founded in Detroit, in 1969, by Gino Rossetti. In 1999, the firm's ownership was passed onto Matt Rossetti; the firm's early projects centered on health care facilities, corporate headquarters, interiors and master planning. The firm began approaching the sports and entertainment industry after ROSSETTI was contracted in 1984 to design The Palace of Auburn Hills; the project, which broke ground in 1986, opened in 1988, marked the firms first major success in sports entertainment. Today, ROSSETTI works with clients worldwide on a wide variety of projects, with a focus on sports and entertainment.
ROSSETTI's focus globally is in Europe. Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Rising ROSSETTI’s innovative design transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium; the corporate value proposition is a new model for corporate sponsorship and immersive brand activation. The Palace of Auburn Hills ROSSETTI designed and engineered a new hospitality suite product for the Palace of Auburn Hills. Prior to this, "Sky Box" suites were located along the upper concourse of arenas. Placed within the lower seating bowls, the hospitality suites at the Palace were the first of their kind. Return on Design ROSSETTI has provided ROD analyses for two dozen clients evaluating the fan and VIP experience, hospitality segmentation, sponsor activation and more. For new venues, ROD programs spaces for revenue generation. For existing venues, new premium products secure necessary renovations while providing a return on investment within 2–5 years. Research and Development ROSSETTI R&D developed and launched Sightline Designer in 2012, a parametric plug-in for Grasshopper which allows designers the ability to interactively design 3D seating bowls.
Clients and designers experience, in real-time, the effects of design decisions on spectator viewing quality, the shape of the seating bowl and heights of concourses. Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher. AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C. P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A. I. A.. Detroit Architecture A. I. A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2009/Soccer-Cities/ Serious Fun http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25274007/rossetti-architects http://www.yellowpages.com/southfield-mi/mip/rossetti-associates-10797941 Carter, David M.. Money Games: Profiting from the Convergence of Sports and Entertainment. Stanford UP. ISBN 0-8047-5955-3. Rossetti official website