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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 451
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.42.176.123
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 10:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The baracades around it are coming down. Walked past it yesterday and pedestrians can walk right up to it in some places. Anyone know when that building is scheduled to open?
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Mind_field
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Post Number: 463
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 10:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Spring, not sure of an exact date. Damn it, we need a Redico insider on this forum. When it does open, can't wait to see the activity at Campus Martius escalate to the next level. I saw last Thursday they were putting glass on the slanted crown on top of 1Ksquare.
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 452
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There are only a few open spaces in the building's skin. Those are mostly for construction needs from what I can tell. I have to say I like it. It adds color to the skyline and looks somewhat attractive. It's definitely not a bowl-you-over noteworthy building, but it's not ugly either. Anyone know of any potential tenants mentioned for the ground floor?
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Slows
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Post Number: 103
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 69.246.28.200
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The last update I received about a month ago is that both spaces were available but that one was close to being leased. Haven't heard whether or not the lease was signed or who the negotiations were with.
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Dialh4hipster
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Post Number: 1319
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Posted From: 68.61.187.234
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard they are dividing (or considering dividing) one of the spaces into two (I think the north end of the building), one side facing CM and one side facing Griswold. The Griswold side may be leased (or close to it).
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Skulker
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Post Number: 3391
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.103.104.93
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

June occupancy for the Visteon folks is the latest scuttle butt....

For those that kvetched about the design and were counciled to wait until completetion, perhaps they ought to go take a look now and note the trim work on the glass being installed and how that provides a "finished" feel. Also note the curvilinear street presence and how that creates a real dyanic feel that mitigates the effect of a rectangle placed on a triangle.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1557
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Posted From: 129.9.163.233
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The bigger question is: Are there going to be any Visteon folks left to move in next June?
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1462
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Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The folks from Visteon actually work for IBM they are consultants in Visteons IT department. If IBM gets some of GM outsourced IT work they actually might need more space in the building if it is possible.

That is my glass is half full approach.
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Skulker
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Post Number: 3393
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Posted From: 67.103.104.93
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The staff moving to Kennedy are mostly contract workers from IBM. I am sure IBM will be able to pickup some work from Compuware as part of their settlement agreement.
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 564
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Posted From: 136.2.1.103
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The settlement is Vice-Versa skulker. IBM has to purchase X amount of Services from Compuware. But Dabirch is correct. IBM really wanted to be downtown for GM purposes. IBM will prolly not need more room as the reshuffling of contracts is just that. EDS will lose alot of business, but much of it will be picked up by Compuware and IBM (along with other vendors) but no new work is being created.
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1466
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dabirch is correct, how about giving me a little credit.
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 567
Registered: 09-2004
Posted From: 136.2.1.103
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How the hell did that happen? Sorry Gander!
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Jt1
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Post Number: 6448
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Expect GM announcements on their new contracts later this month/early next month.

That may have a bot of an effect of downtown staffing levels for IBM, EDS and Compuware.
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Tkelly1986
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Post Number: 47
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Posted From: 68.251.55.238
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone have an updated picture of the building, I have not seen anything in months an would liketo see it, as I was a skeptic of the design in the past. Thanks
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 568
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 1:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just hope that EDS doesn't loose so much business that they take their name off the tower. How much office space do they actuyll have there?>
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Archy
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Post Number: 19
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Posted From: 63.242.134.66
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 2:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

IMO, the building is ok, its not amazing but a decent architectual glass box. But what is the deal with the curved facade and white marble. Both the marble and the curve look cheesy and out of place. Looks like a poor attempt in making a relatively conserative building have some 'design' to it. Oh well, I like the green glass (even though its the architects trademark) amoungst the various buildings surrounding it. and the building does close in campus martius very well.
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Skulker
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Post Number: 3396
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Posted From: 67.103.104.93
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 2:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sharmaal:
I understand that but contracts require staff on both sides of the relationship. In purchasing the services from Compuware, IBM will be interfacing on projects with Compuware and will have staff assigned to those particluar projects. If Visteon is unable to fulfill their lease and IBM has workers there already, I would imagine many of them would be reassigned to the Compuare contracts.
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 569
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 2:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's a stretch Skulker - but I'll buy your assesment! A guy that contributes so much to this Forum can get a pass from me once in a while!
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 570
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 2:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So Skulker...when can we talk about Taco Bell?
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Broken_main
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Post Number: 673
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 69.136.139.223
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am glad that the CBD and the downtown area is pointing in the TECH age. I am really glad that, while we are still depending on the auto manufacturers primarily, but the technical support of those same companies are making a name for themselves as well. I hope that more businesses will follaw suit and join our ever growing CBD
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Fnemecek
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Post Number: 1460
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Posted From: 69.212.214.49
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

*Fnemecek's ears perk up*

Did someone say Taco Bell???
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 589
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What's that? Skulker said a new Taco Bell is gonna be built on the Hundson's Block? And it's gonna have a drive-thru?
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Detroitduo
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Post Number: 431
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 84.156.59.192
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Screw Taco Bell... Bring us a del Taco!
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_sj_
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Post Number: 1186
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 69.220.230.150
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 6:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Under the terms of the deal, IBM agreed to spend $400 million over the next four years on Compuware software and services, the companies said. IBM will spend $260 million on Compuware services and pay an additional $140 million to license Compuware software.

IBM and Compuware also entered a patent cross-licensing agreement and will exchange technical information to ensure interoperability between their products.

An IBM spokesman said the $260 million services component of the deal won't come directly out of the company's pocket; IBM will offer Compuware subcontracting deals through IBM Global Services valued at that amount.




Not the kind of deal you are thinking it is.

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