Building 212 Miscellaneous Repairs, US Army Tank Automotive Command

Location: Detroit Arsenal, Warren, MI
Client: US Army
Completion: 2017
Value: $2.6M


  • Design-Build
  • Repair mechanical systems and infrastructure for eight Test Cells
  • Install new custom radius steel door with integrated wind/weather seals, sound and fire attenuation

Role in US National Defense

The Detroit Arsenal (DTA) was the first manufacturing plant ever built for the mass production of tanks in the US, with its top production years occurring between 1941 and 1945. Today a portion of the original plant remains an active Army facility that houses several defense agencies, including the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.


Building 212 at the Detroit Arsenal is a test facility consisting of eight Test Cells whose purpose is to test equipment in various types of environments as produced individually within the reinforced cells. The objective of this project was to repair features of each Test Cell in the facility to improve its individual performance and effectiveness.

CMS was responsible for repairing mechanical systems, including HVAC and HVAC infrastructure, including louvers, dampers, coils, valves, and DDC controls. Included in the scope were specialty doors for three of the cells. The use of a 40-ton crane was needed to move and install these large, heavy custom doors. Also included was pipe insulation, concrete placement, reinforcement of existing concrete, and HAZMAT abatement.

Excavation was required to place a flowable-fill sub-base prior to concrete placement. Concrete was placed, broom finished, and control joints were saw-cut as required.