The General Motors Plaza and Promenade, designed by Kahn and Hargreaves Associates, is a vital link in the chain of riverfront public open spaces, and an exciting transformation of the GM Renaissance Center complex. The modular stainless steel railing system is removable along a section of the seawall, designed for temporary docking. The promenade extends eastward past a series of distinct garden rooms that are designed to relate to future mixed-use and residential developments.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy worked with Kahn to complete the waterfront promenade along the Detroit River between the Civic Center Riverfront Promenade and Gabriel Richard Park by creating unique places that are safe and universally inclusive. These destinations provide opportunities for social interaction and community growth. The main focus of the project was the “Beached Schooner” water feature at Mt. Elliott Park.

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority embarked on a five-year capital improvement program geared toward making the TCF Center a safer, leaner, and greener space. The three-phased, facility upgrade program incorporates a range of physical and operational enhancements, including numerous green building concepts. The transformation of the TCF arena into a ballroom and the new grand atrium connecting the main level and concourse level exhibition spaces, provides strong visual and physical connections to the riverfront.