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For Tom Nemitz and his associates at Grand Rapids-based Cornerstone Architects Inc. PC, business has seen a noticeable uptick in the first half of the year.

As Kendall College of Art and Design launches its new graduate program in architecture this fall, the school realizes that it will need to differentiate itself from an already crowded field of educational offerings.

A multitude of factors went into CWD Real Estate Investment’s decision to buy, restore and move its headquarters to a recently acquired historic property in downtown Grand Rapids.

Given the brisk pace of new vehicle sales in the past couple of years, auto dealerships can ill afford downtime in their stores as they compete for customers’ attention and dollars.

While the national outlooks for the architecture industry point to a slow or flat growth trajectory for the coming months, that’s not translated into a slowdown for West Michigan design firms and contractors.

The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) approved its first assessment project that was made possible by a $400,000 federal grant.

Q&A: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Written by | Sunday, 25 May 2014 22:00 |

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley served as the keynote speaker at the Urban Land Institute of Michigan infrastructure conference this month in Lansing. MiBiz spoke with Calley before his address to discuss how the Governor’s office is approaching fixes to the state’s ailing infrastructure. Calley said it’s time to make big moves to find a solution.

Fixing Michigan’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure will certainly require the state to clear key budgetary hurdles, but it also may call for new models of public-private partnerships to see the projects to completion.

There’s a battle of competing reports brewing in Lansing over potential updates to the energy section of the state’s residential building code.

The job market for nonresidential construction in Grand Rapids grew at a faster clip since 2011 than in most metropolitan areas across the country.

Connecticut-based online travel services provider The Priceline Group Inc. is expanding its existing call center facilities for Booking.com in the city of Wyoming.

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. 

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