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ENR: With Exchange, LIFTbuild Delivering First Top-Down Project in the US Since the '70s

October 28, 2022
Exchange Detroit in Michigan. Courtesy LIFTbuild
Exchange Detroit in Michigan. Thornton Tomasetti

"Top-down construction—assembling the floor of a building on the ground and lifting it into place—has long presented a possible alternative to the labor-intensive process of building steel frames, floors, walls and all components of a building at height. But what happens when that process is combined with a prefabrication strategy that aims to take manufacturing best practices and apply them to construction?"

We are providing structural, construction engineering and façade engineering services to Ghafari Associates for the residential tower Exchange Detroit, which utilizes 16 levels of LIFTbuild floor construction overtop a two-story conventionally constructed podium. 

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