D. J. Maltese Corporation
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Steven Flum, Inc.
4147 Trumbull, #100, Detroit, MI 48208
Location: Clawson, Michigan
Date Bid: Dec 2008 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 4,270 Site: — Number of Buildings:
Building Size: Basement, 1,800; first floor, 2,470;
total, 4,270 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 8’; first floor, 8’; floor to floor,
9'; total, 17’.
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive reuse.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof:
Asphalt shingles. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud
In December of 2008, the D.J. Maltese Corporation, a design-build and
construction management firm was asked to look at an existing abandoned
building next to a daycare center for the possibility of expanding the
daycare center. They walked the building with the owner and discussed
the proposed use for the building. With that information D.J. Maltese
developed a conceptual plan, preliminary cost estimate and a
design-build proposal for the project. Over the course of the next
several months the board of directors of Mary's Children evaluated the
project and by mid-January 2009 approved the project, signed the
agreement and asked D.J. Maltese to proceed.
By the first week of February design development drawings were completed
and working to complete the working drawings. Permits were applied for
the first week of March and were delayed by a requirement for zoning
appeal for expanded usage of a daycare center. In April the Zoning Board
approved the project and building permits were issued.
The proposed plan included a small addition to the existing first floor
to square of the building and tie it into the existing building, a new
pitched roof system, a finished basement with a kitchen and dining area
and a large storage area. The first floor included an activity area, two
large bathrooms, an office, storage area and kitchenette, a covered ramp
from grade to the first floor, a covered deck area from the first floor
and a covered ramp from the existing basement to grade.
Construction started in April and was scheduled for completion in late
June. However the existing exterior siding was discovered to have
asbestos fibers and testing was required followed by remediation of the
asbestos materials. This delay took about two weeks. In addition, during
rough inspections the City of Clawson stopped the project - the City
changed direction and determined a fire suppression system had to be
installed. D. J. Maltese engineered a system, installed a new 4-inch
water line to the building and installed the new system. This added
several months to the project. Through the process there were also other
owner directed changes and Board approval delays. The project was
completed the first week of September 2009. The owner was very pleased
with the outcome and with the D.J. Maltese Corporation.