Construction recruiters are staying busy in Detroit as the largest city in Michigan continues to experience a surge in commercial building activity. The market has kept gaining momentum since the new $733 million Red Wings arena was built in 2017, along with the QLine Streetcar initiative designed to reshape downtown Detroit. Here are a few of the major commercial construction projects being planned around “Motor City” this year.


  1. Amazon plans to build five new facilities around Detroit. If you don’t work for Amazon, or know somebody who does, then chances are that you’ve probably ordered something from them in the past. The e-commerce giant continues to expand across the U.S., and the job outlook for construction careers is strong around Metro Detroit after recently announcing it will invest in the area with several new fulfillment and sorting centers. One of the projects will include a robotized 823,000 square-foot fulfillment center. Other similar projects are being planned in the Michigan cities of Hazel Park, Pinnacle Park, Plymouth, and Pontiac. Amazon has invested over $2.5 billion in the state of Michigan since 2010 while creating more jobs than any other U.S. company over the past decade. The online retailer has indirectly supported over 780,000 jobs associated with construction, logistics, and other professional services across the nation.
  2. Construction moves forward on Woodward West. Residential redevelopment projects are on the rise around Metro Detroit in spite of the pandemic and economic uncertainty. Contractors continue to make progress on a $60 million mixed-use development in Midtown known as Woodward West. The five-story development will feature 204 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. The Michigan Building Trades Council suggested that there’s no shortage of construction work around the state as investments in healthcare and auto plant projects continue to drive demand.
  3. University of Michigan prepares to break ground on a new Innovation Center. U-M announced plans for a $300 million research and education center as part of a multi-building development at the east edge of downtown. The 190,000 square foot project is being designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.


Commercial construction is expected to stay strong in the Detroit area in the foreseeable future. From superintendents to construction estimators to project managers, there are plenty of high-paying commercial construction jobs available around this area.

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