Office workers, visitors and downtown residents can find an essential mix of specialty shops, services and
dining conveniently located in the GMRENCEN, the Millender Center and the River East Center.
NOVEMBER 24, 1971PROJECT ANNOUNCED
Henry Ford II announced plans for the Renaissance Center project. The name Renaissance Center was chosen in a contest to name the building. 141,537 entries were submitted.
The central hotel tower opened as the Detroit Plaza Hotel and was the world’s tallest all-hotel skyscraper. Today it is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and remains the tallest all hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
APRIL 15, 1977OPENING PARTY & DEDICATION
A formal dedication is held for the opening of the four, 39-floor office towers and the 73-story hotel. Bob Hope entertained guests at the Renaissance Center’s lavish opening party.
1981TOWERS 500 & 600 OPEN
Renaissance Center Phase II, Towers 500 and 600, were opened as a separate venture developed by subsidiaries of Ford Motor Land Development Corporation and Rockefeller Center, Inc.
1987DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER
The elevated Detroit People Mover transit line, after many years of construction, began operation with a stop at the Detroit Renaissance Center.
MAY 16, 1996GM PURCHASES RENCEN
General Motors announced the purchase of the Renaissance Center for use as its global headquarters.
AUGUST 1999GLASS CIRCULATION RING INSTALLED
288 panels of etched glass from Japan; each piece weighs in at 400 pounds, 3 inches thick; support by metal from Germany and cables from England.
DECEMBER 15, 2001WINTERGARDEN OPENED
The area which was once a parking garage, swimming pool and fitness center was changed into a 50,000 square-foot, five story atrium.
2004GM COMPLETES RENOVATIONS
General Motors completes $500 million in renovations to the GM Renaissance Center. The GMRENCEN is now home to more than 5,000 GM workers and 6,000 tenant employees.
AUGUST 2004CONCRETE BERMS REMOVED
GM removed the fortress-like concrete berms facing Jefferson Avenue for the new front entrance.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2004ANDIAMO DETROIT ITALIA OPENS
Andiamo, an award winning restaurant, opens with spectacular views of the Detroit Riverfront.
DECEMBER 17, 2004GM PLAZA IS DEDICATED
GM Company presented the deed for the GM portion of the Riverwalk to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy as part of their commitment to the ongoing beautification and preservation of the riverfront.
JUNE 16, 2006FIRST ROCKIN' ON THE RIVERFRONT
Summer concert series premieres on the GM Plaza. First concert performer was Grand Funk Railroad, and other performers included The Romantics and Blue Oyster Cult.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced plans to lease space in Towers 500 and 600 and relocate 3,000 of its employees to this location.
SEPTEMBER 2011THE PORT OF DETROIT
Cruise lines begin docking along the riverfront at the new Port of Detroit—located just west of the GMRENCEN. This is the largest seaport in the state of Michigan.
OCTOBER 9, 2011JOE MUER SEAFOOD OPENS
Joe Muer restaurant opens, proudly continuing a tradition of dining and service excellence that began in 1929.
JULY 10, 201510th ANNIVERSARY FOR ROCKIN' ON THE RIVERFRONT
10th anniversary kicks off with Doobie Brothers performing to record crowds. Other performers included Burton Cummings, Kansas, and Eddie Money.
JANUARY 22, 2016GM EXPANSION ANNOUNCEMENT
Over 110,000 SF of the GMRENCEN will be transformed into a world-class destination where visitors can learn about GM’s vision – from yesterday to today, tomorrow, and beyond.
APRIL 15, 2017GMRENCEN CELEBRATED 40TH BIRTHDAY
In 2017, the GMRENCEN celebrated its 40th birthday by sharing 40 fun historical facts and hosting a scavenger hunt in the building.
NOVEMBER 2019Highlands Detroit opens on the 71st floor of the GMRENCEN. The restaurant’s three unique concepts include Highlands Detroit, Hearth 71 and High Bar, as well as events space on the 72nd floor.
MARCH 20212021 marks 25 years since GM purchased the Renaissance Center and established the company’s headquarters on the Detroit Riverfront. GM has invested $1 billion in the GMRENCEN and the Detroit Riverfront.
At the GMRENCEN, tenants enjoy the advantages of our Centered on Service approach, a 5-star program designed by CBRE, Inc. to provide a thoroughly enjoyable and productive work experience while also offering visitors unmatched amenities.
The very concept of Centered on Service stems from the strong circular design of the GMRENCEN itself. Within its walls, the iconic Detroit skyscrapers offer some of the city’s finest restaurants and lodging, high-profile events, a fitness center, an array of shops and international river views tailored to suit our tenant’s full lifestyle.
The program encourages a work-life balance that promotes productivity and offers tenants the privileges of a vibrant downtown location. From conference and meeting spaces with the latest technology to free Wi-Fi in a glass Wintergarden overlooking the RiverWalk, GMRENCEN tenants are treated to services that simply can’t be found elsewhere in metro Detroit.
GMRENCEN management makes it easy for occupants to be “green” during their time in the building by recommending behaviors that reduce overhead and office consumption, offering a recycling program that can be customized to any office type or size, and providing guidance on the proper disposal of assorted waste, including electronics. Since awareness is crucial to educating occupants on the benefits of sustainability, GMRENCEN partners with EPA, U.S. Green Building Council and others in promoting energy and resource efficiency through exciting campaigns, from national Earth Day to “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR.” There’s even a popular campaign featuring superheroes to help transport the message!
To learn more, browse through the links below, or just call Property Management and say… “Go Green!”