Detroit Building Authority

1301 Third St., Suite 328
Detroit, MI 48226


Phone: (313) 224-0174
Fax: (313) 224-4998
TTY: 711 or (800) 649-3777

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission Statement

The City of Detroit Building Authority (DBA) was incorporated in 1974 and has developed into an agency for the City, with a mission to assist City Departments in carrying out their capital improvement programs. The DBA becomes involved in a project through written requests from the Department Heads. The request identifies the project to be managed by the DBA and sets forth the amount of funds designated for its completion. The funds are made available from the individual departments capital improvement budgets as a result of bond sales, capital grants or general funds. The DBA’s role is to encumber the funds through a Contract of Lease and initiate design and construction of the project.

The majority of the City departments that utilize the services of the DBA do not have the staff or expertise to administer such Capital Programs. Consequently, they find it necessary to solicit our services in order to facilitate their capital improvement objectives. The department requesting our services appoints a contact person with whom we work very closely to assure that their project goals are being met.

DBA Board of Commissioners

Mayor Mike Duggan, Chairman
Saul Green, Secretary
Christopher Jackson, Treasurer
Judge Edward Thomas 

DBA Staff

David Manardo , Director 
James Wright, Deputy Director 
Tyrone Clifton, Jr., Project Manager
Donna Rice, Project Manager 
Tom Ouvry, Engineer 
Carmen Edgeworth-Burgan, Administrative Assistant
Sherese Patton, Sr. Stenographer 
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