Cobo Center in Detroit to build new visitor's atrium, nursing mom pods

Posted at 3:12 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 08:32:50-05

Cobo Center plans to create some more visitor friendly spaces, as part of its multimillion dollar upgrades.

The convention center announced Tuesday its plan to install a visitor observation area overlooking the green roof.

In addition, there will be new nursing pods for visiting moms.

The upgrades are expected to be finished in time for the 2018 Auto Show Jan. 13-28.

The Cobo is the 17th largest convention center in the country and hosts more than 1.3 million visitors a year.

The 10,000-square foot living green roof was installed at Cobo Center as part of a recent $279 million renovation, creating a natural habitat for birds, insects and even insulation to cool and heat the building.

And get this: they have honeybee hives and an organic herb garden on the living rooftop.

“Bees in the D and Cobo Center are working together to make Detroit’s skyline sweeter,” said Brian Peterson-Roest, Bees in the D owner. “Cobo’s green roof is a perfect home for honey bees, and Cobo Center is an ideal partner for Bees in the D since our sustainability visions are aligned.”