Project Profile

The Detroit Athletic Club

Community + Entertainment, Historic Renovation

The DAC Legacy

Building a New History

Sachse Construction was hired as the construction manager to renovate the historic Detroit Athletic Club landmark and construct a vertical addition, which began in the fourth quarter of 2013. The scope of work was a part of the club’s master plan to enhance the DAC experience by blending the renowned traditional amenities with modern, upscale gathering spaces with renovations to the first and fourth floors, and the addition of a seventh floor.

The first phase of the DAC experience consisted of renovating the North Pavilion, which overlooks Tigers Stadium. Construction began in late 2013 and consisted of developing a new concrete patio with site utilities and ornate perimeter fencing. Additionally, the team installed accent lighting and exposed aggregate paving between the parking structure and clubhouse.

The second phase included a new glass vestibule at the Randolph Entrance, enclosing the historic canopy, and creating a new gathering place for the members. A new circular driveway, heated walkway, and porte cochere are new features in the revised site plan. Additionally, the construction of the new lobby, Madison Café, and pro shop promote a sense of community and comradery to members.

Sachse Construction completed the third phase of construction in September of 2015. The final phase consisted of adding a new seventh-floor rooftop to the building, which includes the “Last Word,” a cigar lounge, and the “Stadium Club” overlooking Comerica Park. The new seventh floor also includes two state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a full kitchen, and a wraparound terrace with stone pavers and glass railing. These additions, along with the renovations to the lobby, the new Madison Café and pro shop, North Pavilion, and Randolph entrance, and glass vestibule will continue to enhance the DAC experience for the next 100 years.