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River East Center
500 Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48243
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Redeveloped and managed by Hines, River East Center consists of a pair of 21-story, reflective glass-clad buildings, totaling 736,000 square feet of office and retail space, at the corner of Jefferson and Beaubien in downtown Detroit. Designed by SmithGroup Architects and completed in 1983-84, River East Center is located in the heart of Detroit's central business district, adjacent to the Renaissance Center and convenient both to highways and to public transportation.


River East Center earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance largely as a result of a combination of retrofits to existing building infrastructure and equipment. Retrofits have included the installation of energy efficient electronic ballasts on building lighting, automated lighting controls that help to reduce unnecessary lighting operation, and variable frequency drives on HVAC equipment, helping it to run at levels corresponding more closely to actual demand. Active building management practices, aided by a direct digital control (DDC) building automation system and monthly audits of operations and energy consumption, are additional significant contributing factors.


Hines has been recognized with multiple ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence and Partner of the Year awards. For a summary of the firm's participation in the ENERGY STAR program and other sustainability information, visit





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Riverfront Holdings II, Inc. or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Riverfront Holdings II, Inc.

Property Manager:*
Riverfront Holdings II, Inc.

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2004 (77)
2005 (77)
2006 (77)
2008 (97)
2013 (94)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 760786 sf

Year Constructed: 1980

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting