KIRCO’s Cardinal Health Distribution Center Project in Detroit Recognized Nationally with Multiple Awards at 2015 Brownfield Conference

KIRCO’s Cardinal Health Distribution Center Project in Detroit Recognized Nationally with Multiple Awards at 2015 Brownfield Conference

KIRCO’s Cardinal Health Distribution Center Project in Detroit Recognized Nationally with Multiple Awards at 2015 Brownfield Conference

Troy, Michigan

Sept. 16, 2015 – KIRCO – a full-service commercial development, construction and property management organization – announced that its Cardinal Health Distribution Center redevelopment project in Detroit was recognized with both the prestigious Grand Prize Award and the People’s Choice Award at Brownfields 2015 in Chicago competing with project across the nation. The event is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic development.

Earlier, the Cardinal Health Distribution Center project also was recognized with the national Renewal Award for Environmental Impact and the Phoenix Award for USEPA Region 5 (including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota).

Designed as a state-of-the-art medical distribution facility for Cardinal Health to service Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center and other medical centers, the project was the inaugural step in a comprehensive community redevelopment plan by Henry Ford Health System. The plan includes improving hundreds of blighted, contaminated and obsolete properties south of the Detroit hospital campus into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood with residential, commercial and med-tech businesses.

“It has been rewarding to lead the development and construction of a project that has such a meaningful impact to our customer, its clients and the City of Detroit,” said Dean Kiriluk, chief investment officer, KIRCO. “And being recognized for our efforts with these prestigious awards is a testament to the entire team that was involved, including Cardinal Health, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center, AKT Peerless and more, that what we accomplished in truly impactful.”

The Renewal Award was judged by 29 industry experts who evaluated over 80 nominated projects from across the county.  The Phoenix Award is overseen by a non-profit organization and selected by a panel of national experts.

Each of the regional Phoenix Award winners representing the ten regions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) competed for both the National Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards.  The Grand Prize Award was judged by a panel of industry experts and awarded to the Brownfield project that was determined to be Best of Show, while the People’s Choice Award was presented to the Phoenix Award winning Brownfield project that received the greatest number of votes during the 2015 Brownfield’s Conference.

About the Cardinal Health Distribution Center Project

The newly constructed 275,000 square-foot distribution facility opened in May 2015 and represents a new investment of approximately $30 million in the neighborhood. The redevelopment incorporates many state-of-the-art design elements, including a passive vapor mitigation system and highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems monitored by an elaborate network of direct digital controls.

The site was assembled from 80 individual properties. The assemblage was undertaken by Henry Ford Health System over three years and comprised of properties owned by private individuals, businesses and numerous tax-reverted properties. A number of the properties required processing through the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority in order to provide insurable titles. Acquisition of the final parcels included in the project occurred concurrently with final site plan, building design, municipal approval and Brownfield incentive approval processes.

The property assemblage contained 23 blighted structures requiring hazardous material surveys, abatement and demolition before redevelopment. These properties included vacant lots, vacant residential homes, commercial parcels, a variety of industrial buildings and properties, and streets and alleyways that would require abandonment.


An award winning, full service and vertically integrated real estate organization, KIRCO has planned and developed over 30 million square feet of property since 1974. A third generation, family-owned real estate development, construction and property management company, KIRCO is focused on helping corporate clients in the office, healthcare, industrial and retail sectors leverage real estate strategies and underutilized real estate assets to grow market share, build their brand and improve their business results. With headquarters in Troy, Mich. and offices in Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte, N. C., the company is a major developer of build to suit, own or lease spaces from coast to coast.


KIRCO MANIX provides construction management services in office, light and heavy manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare and community market sectors. KIRCO MANIX is a full service construction company that has operated throughout the region since 1929. The company combines the experience of two well-established construction firms, Campbell / Manix and KIRCO Construction. With total construction volume exceeding $3 billion, KIRCO MANIX offers customers a unique, full-service approach by managing the design, engineering and construction phase through the eyes of an owner.

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