The One Campus Martius building in Detroit’s tech-centric downtown will have a new tenant, as Seattle-based global software, services, devises, and solutions provider Microsoft today announced plans to move its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center to downtown Detroit from Southfield in early 2018.
The Detroit MTC will occupy 40,000 square feet of space on the sixth floor of One Campus Martius (formerly Compuware Corp. headquarters) and accommodate 200 employees from the Southfield Town Center location. The architect for the space is Neumann/Smith Architecture, which has offices in Detroit and Southfield.
“Microsoft, like many tech companies in Detroit and around the country, recognizes that being located downtown is great for business. Today’s tech talent wants to work and live in urban cores,” says Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Holdings. “Not only will the Microsoft Technology Center provide a much-needed resource for Detroit-based businesses, its presence will also connect Detroiters with a wider global network. This is another great example of an innovative, global business moving downtown and further evidence that Detroit is quickly becoming one of the technology centers of the country.”
Microsoft has 40 MTC locations worldwide, where it assists clients with an array of product offerings while experiencing firsthand how the company and its partner technologies can help them do business.
“We are strongly committed to Detroit’s thriving technology hub by providing resources and experienced team members to help your team find solutions to its technology challenges,” says Phil Sorgen, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group. “By providing a customer-facing center dedicated to the business community, we’re also supporting Detroit’s continuing revitalization.”
Since its founding in 2011, full-service commercial real estate firm Bedrock has brought more than 160 office and retail tenants to downtown Detroit.