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General Motors Riverfront Plaza, Headquarters

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Architectural/Eng: Hargreaves Associates / Albert Kahn Associates
General Contractor: John Carlo Company / Titus Welding
Application: Fountain
Material: ADA Compliant 316 Stainless Steel Close Mesh Metal Bar Grating & Aluminum Grating

This project was to create a riverfront plaza on the Detroit River, which is part of a citywide project to redevelop the city riverfront. When completed it will transform over a mile of the Detroit Riverfront into walkways, parks, bicycle paths, and open green areas.

Plaza includes new landscaping, hand rails, walkways, benches, and a large granite area with a world map displayed featuring different color grating for each country. The project included stainless steel and aluminum grating for a water fountain and trench covers.

The fountains consisted of 1,100 sq ft. of stainless steel metal bar grating and has a 7/16" center to center spacing. The 534 pieces of grating includes a center hole cut out in which a stainless steel escutcheon plate and nozzle assembly was inserted. The grating pieces were fastened down to the stainless steel fram system using a countersunk land design. Lights were then installed underneath the grating. The fountain is also surrounded by decorative brick paving blocks.

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