According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit lost 60% of its population from 1950 to 2010. However, in the last two years, something has shifted. Downtown activity has greatly increased thanks to a focus on rehabilitating historic buildings.
Several projects are credited with this revitalization — including the $94.5 million renovation of the David Whitney Building. The building has been restored to its previous grandeur and now offers luxury residences, the Aloft hotel, a restaurant, and a bar. Key to that renovation was retrofitting the entire building with over 600 tons of VRF technology from Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.