DHC Smith Homes- Plumbing Upgrades


Smith Homes subdivision, located in Detroit, MI had 156 twin houses. These houses had a severe problem of water supply lines freezing and damaging the property. This problem was persistent for several years, and Detroit Housing Commission had to spend a lot of money every winter for repairs. DHC has hired CLM Architects to redesign the layout of supply lines to avoid the problem. DMC was the General Contractor retained by Detroit Housing Commission for relocating the supply lines in the subdivision. These units were occupied and hence there was a lot of project management and coordination involved in the project, coordinating with the Residents, Property Manager, Project Manager, Architect, Trades and Building Inspectors. This project was funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Capital Fund Grant (ARRA). DMC was required to provide all reports and certification to meet ARRA Goals.

Project Name DHC Smith Homes- Plumbing Upgrades
DMC's Role General Contractors
Client Detroit Housing Commission
Architect CLM Architects
Status Completed- (June 2009- November 2009)


  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Masonry & Concrete
  • Flooring
  • Carpentry (Rough & Finish)
  • Dry wall & Painting
  • Excavation & Demolition
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Landscaping

DMC finished the project on schedule and budget.

  • Selective demolition and excavation to replace the supply lines from the main run to the unit (Laundry Room)
  • Abatement of hazardous materials
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry to finish the work
  • Replacement of domestic hot & cold water lines
  • Insulation of domestic hot & cold water lines
  • Relocation of HWT- tank, gas piping, flue
  • Installation of Insulation Systems
  • Replacement of gypsum wall board- walls & ceilings
  • Repair/replace of interior elements affected by work
  • Landscaping- sprinkler system, hydro-seeding, grading etc.

Value- Engineering by DMC

To install the new supply line, we were required to saw cut a lot of concrete and asphalt and restore back to the original, once the work was done. DMC used “Directional-Boring” instead of saw-cutting the concrete and asphalt and restoring back. This saved a lot of time and project was finished in budget before schedule.

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