Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market has been in continuous operation since 1891. In 2008, a full renovation of the market campus was commissioned by the Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) and the City of Detroit. The project began with a complete rehab of Shed 3, a 28,000 sf steel frame, concrete, and masonry building. Shed 3 is Phase I of the EMC 360° initiative to restructure the market with renovations to all of its existing buildings.
Now complete, the renovation has transformed Shed 3 from the perspective of both vendors and customers. A warmer color palette was employed to create a more welcoming atmosphere to visitors. New air curtains at each entry serve to warm the air temperature within the shed during the winter months, thus making the enclosed shed a more ideal locale to shop and do business. In the summer, natural ventilation and ceiling fans, coupled with high performance glazing, help keep the building cool. The radiant heat floor system, when complete, will only add to the improved comfort level enjoyed by market patrons. With more natural light, increased flexibility for traffic flow, and better amenities, the Shed 3 renovation has created a lasting mark on the Eastern Market experience.