American Axle Manufacturing – Detroit, Michigan


AAM Interior-1KIRCO MANIX recently completed 350,000 SF of construction for American Axle Manufacturing at the company’s World headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. American Axle & Manufacturing has converted one of its vacant former manufacturing facilities in Detroit into a $30 million Advanced Technology Development Center to help it design products for the future.

The scope of this project was to convert 350,000 SF of 80-year old finishes and furnishings to a state-of-the-art research and development facility for American Axle Manufacturing.

The space being updated sat unused and unmaintained for nearly 7 years prior to the start of this project.

The new office space offers and an open work environment with designs to enhance natural light by using glass partitioned offices. One of the notable features of this facility includes the restoration of the original decorative precast façade.

The 350,000-square-foot former manufacturing plant across from its global headquarters in Detroit houses several of American Axle’s departments: advanced manufacturing, advanced information technology, gear development, corporate manufacturing, next-generation prototype builds, warranty analysis and competitive assessment.

KIRCO MANIX provided assistance to the design team during this project in order to expedite design decisions and construction solutions.


• This project presented many environmental challenges including asbestos and lead abatement

• Coordination of construction phases while protecting AAM’s facility operations with phased area completion and occupancy

Plant 6 Project:

KIRCO MANIX will soon begin an additional project which will house AAM’s recently purchased organization, formerly known as Metaldyne. The plant being renovated has been vacant for several years. The first phase of the project is 54,000 SF of office renovation. Renovations will include complete removal and replacement of everything in the space; a complete build-out with electrical, plumbing, mechanical, all-finishes and exterior improvements. Similar to Plant 3, the building was built in the 1920s so hazardous materials will have to be abated before demolition can commence.

American Axle plans to move 300 administration employees into the new offices of “Plant 3” in 2018.

Read the CAM magazine special feature article on the American Axle Project (pages 34-39)