Project Spotlight

Detroit’s new SoMA district!

Parking, parking structure, parking garage, parking design, architecture, engineer, planning, parking consultant

The new SoMA (South of Mack Ave.) district in Midtown Detroit will span more than seven acres as a high-end mixed-use development. There are two existing office buildings included in the renovation plan as part of the project. Two secured parking structures are also in the works for the SoMA district and together they will provide over 1,000 parking spaces.

The first phase currently under construction in the SoMA district is a 6-story, mixed-use parking structure. The new parking structure will consist of six levels of parking but “visually appears” like a five-story structure. Architecturally, the building aspires to a simple and honest expression of structure and decoration with the exterior being finished in white cement with limestone aggregate.

The 213,099 square foot parking structure will accommodate 591 spaces. Office, retail, and restaurant functions will occupy the lower level. Rich & Associates is serving as parking consultants and structural engineers to  Neumann/Smith Architecture, the project’s lead architect. The parking structure is being built by Sachse Construction.

Over the past 15 years Rich & Associates has collaborated with Neumann Smith Architecture on the design of 10 parking structure projects, including;

  • City of Warren Parking Structure
  • ‘Z’ Parking Deck  & Retail Development
  • Dolphin Mall Parking Structure
  • Michigan State University Gateway Parking Structure
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Parking Structure
  • Sparrow Hospital Parking Structure

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