Quicken Loans Training Center

HAA provided interior design, architecture and site design services for the transformation of the historic Detroit News building, which housed newspaper offices, production and warehouse facilities, into a modern, technologically driven program for Quicken Loans. The team worked to maintain the integrity of the remaining historic fabric, developed a completely new mechanical/electrical system, coordinated the tenant improvements with ongoing core and shell renovations and developed a new exit strategy to accommodate the increased population generated by the new program.
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Architecture / Interior Design / Site Design / 2016


The team designed a modern, technologically-driven program while maintaining the integrity of the remaining history fabric throughout the building by salvaging, reusing and replicating various decorative wood moldings and trims. "

Quicken Loans acquired the 181,000 sf building with the intent to expand and centralize the training process, provide additional open office space and develop a conference area large enough for department wide meetings.

The team worked with the owner’s technology staff, interior design team and historic tax credit consultant to develop a design that renovated the second, third, fourth and a portion of the fifth floor of the building. High ceilings were returned to original elevations and strategically placed drops were incorporated for technology pathways. Original crown moldings were replicated and reintroduced throughout the space to create a seamless transition from original architecture to new.

The historic library and office areas were largely intact, but historic photographs were used to identify missing trim, plaster ornamentation and flooring patterns where necessary. Missing elements were replicated and reinstalled along with the introduction of modern but period-appropriate lighting.

The end result introduced 10 training rooms, private offices, conference rooms, open office, study areas and support spaces on the third floor, along with additional private offices, conference rooms, open offices, study spaces, support spaces and a 7,000 sf meeting room that can be divided into two smaller rooms on the fourth floor.


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Site Design


  • Historic / Reuse
  • Workplace


  • Architecture
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Interior Design
  • Programming




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