Detroit Receiving Hospital

Detroit, Michigan

In Joint Venture with: William Kessler & Associates Inc. and Giffels Associates Inc.
Client: State of Michigan, City of Detroit and Detroit Medical Center
Size: 900,000 sq.ft. (84,000 sq.m.)

In 1972, Wayne State University commenced planning for an out-patient clinic teaching facility that would serve 550,000 patient visits annually and consolidate all out-patient services.
At the same time, the City of Detroit requested that the existing General Hospital be restructured into a 340-bed facility geared to emergency and trauma patient care.

The complex comprises an eight-storey wing for teaching and out-patient clinics, and a five-storey emergency hospital including prisoner care, adult burn and coronary care units.

This project has received numerous design awards including the prestigious Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Architecture.


  • American Institute of Architects (Michigan Chapter) - AIA Michigan, 25 Year Honor Award, 2006
  • Governor General of Canada - Governor General's Medal for Architecture, 1982
  • Farb-Design International E.V. - 1st International Colour Design Prize, 1980
  • American Institute of Architects (Detroit Chapter) - Honor Award, 1980
  • Engineering Society of Detroit - Outstanding Achievement Award for Building Design & Construction, 1980
  • Michigan Society of Architects - Award of Honor, 1980
  • American Institute of Architects (Detroit Chapter) - Honor Award, 1979
  • Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association (USA) - Architectural & Engineering Honor Award of Distinction, 1978