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The construction sector in West Michigan is poised to make modest gains in 2014 after pulling off a strong finish to last year.

Construction and architecture firms could soon see a more than half-billion dollar business opportunity if voters across the state approve school bond proposals on May 6.

The former site of a sprawling religious retreat on Spring Lake could become the next upscale single-family community on the lakeshore.

As the state begins a study on preserving key highway infrastructure running through downtown Grand Rapids, some urbanist advocates would rather have the discussion focus on reinventing the system to better accommodate a range of users.

A group of local design industry professionals are collaborating to assemble a series of events for the first-ever West Michigan Design Week. Given the depth of design talent throughout the region, local organizers aim to showcase the various disciplines of design work from both firms and individuals. 

As The Right Place Inc. markets the region’s capabilities to expanding companies over the next three years, it plans to talk more about one of greater Grand Rapids’ key competencies: design.

Visbeen, GMB part ways after merger

Written by | Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:30 |

Roughly a year and a half after GMB Architects + Engineers Inc. acquired Visbeen Architects Inc., the firms have ended their partnership. The companies dissolved their relationship late last year with representatives from each firm calling the split a mutual decision.

A new contest from the West Michigan chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council pits companies against one another to see whose building is the most energy efficient.

Do construction numbers tell full story?

Written by | Sunday, 05 January 2014 20:55 |

Despite all the changes to the design, development and construction sector, the fundamentals of the industry have not changed.

Demand for new homes sites in West Michigan is up and that has area homebuilders scrambling to provide new housing stock.

Two major West Michigan philanthropic organizations will soon be neighbors in a newly renovated building in downtown Grand Rapids.

A broad discussion on the practice of tax increment finance (TIF) taking place in Lansing could create new implications for both counties and municipalities that rely on the tool for economic development.

A 24-acre parcel of Cascade Township property at the former Centennial Country Club is slated for one of the largest housing developments in years for the Grand Rapids suburb.

Plans for a new Grand Rapids housing development along the Grand River have derailed after the state opted not to support the project with a key incentive.

Businesses looking for new space shouldn’t discount renovation projects involving tired, old buildings.

Q&A: Keith Winn, Catalyst Partners

Written by | Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:00 |

As president of Catalyst Partners, a Grand Rapids-based consortium of architecture, engineering and interiors professionals focusing on sustainable design and building performance, Keith Winn is a longtime advocate for and practitioner of sustainable design.

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