Ford Motor Co. spent much of the first year after it bought the historic Michigan Central Station in Detroit weatherizing the long-abandoned building.
The automaker remains on track to renovate the structure by the end of 2022. It will be the anchor of an urban campus for the automaker's autonomous and electrified vehicle development teams.
Since Ford's high-profile acquisition of the building — celebrated on June 19 last year with a press conference featuring local dignitaries and rapper Big Sean — crews have drained water from its basement, installed temporary roofing and cleared some internal debris.
"A lot of this is behind-the-scenes work, but we're making progress," Mary Culler, development director for the project, told Automotive News. "When you look at what needs to be preserved and the nature of the space, it's a big undertaking."