The Tower on the Maumee was recently featured in a construction update video from WTOL Toledo News 11.

The reporters joined University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University construction management students on a tour of the building hosted by The Douglas Company, the project’s general contractor. Formerly known as The Fiberglas Tower, this iconic structure is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation by Quinn Evans Architects (Detroit office) for the Eyde Company, the project’s developer. 
The tower has been vacant for over 20 years after Owens-Corning moved their headquarters out of the building. As one of the tallest buildings in the city, rehabilitating the tower will be a visible symbol to the public of a revitalized downtown. The project renovation will historically restore both the building exterior and its grand lobby. The top eleven floors are being converted into contemporary high-end apartments that will complement the mid-century modern style of the building and provide breathtaking views of the entire city. Future plans also include the rehabilitation of the building into office floors with dedicated commercial space on the ground floor facing an open city plaza. As shown in the video below, the apartment units are now all framed out and rough utilities have been put in place, while some floors are beginning to receive drywall and floor finishes. 

This level of exposure for students is a fantastic learning opportunity, just as it has been for me working as part of the construction administration team. This project has required me to manage a variety of tasks such as responding to the contractor’s requests for information, reviewing submittals, and solving day to day problems on site. This unique experience through the construction progress has provided me with valuable insight into the practicality and performance of certain details which will enhance my ability to better document and coordinate construction sets in the future.