Grand Rapids has the lowest vacancy rate for apartments of any U.S. metropolitan market, and savvy developers see that as a business opportunity. As evidence, they have more than 1,400 residential units committed or currently under construction across the city.
Heading into its second year, West Michigan Design Week hopes to build on the success the program had in its inaugural year. Architect Greg Metz, a principal at Lott3Metz Architecture and a co-founder of West Michigan Design Week, spoke with MiBiz about what design culture means to the region and how architecture has an impact.
When general contractor Triangle Associates Inc. wants to survey tall buildings or provide customers with an aerial perspective of their projects, the firm can now turn to a new piece of technology: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), better known as a drone.
The recent announcements of a proposed speculative office tower and the unveiling of plans for Michigan State University’s long-anticipated Biomedical Research Center in Grand Rapids point to heightened demand for modern facilities in the city’s central business district.
When Bill Kirk signed on to work as mobility manager for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., he had the option to use a company-supplied, assigned parking space.
Despite numerous headlines in recent months touting the death of the traditional American shopping mall, West Michigan developers have been fortunate to have their projects avoid an untimely demise.
Contractors in the greater Grand Rapids area maintain a positive outlook at the start of the new year.
Kendall College of Art and Design thinks that for West Michigan to continue ramping up its reputation as a hub for design-based companies, it must make clear what “design-centered thinking” is all about.
As dozens of new market-rate multifamily units come online in the downtown Grand Rapids market and in the nearby neighborhoods, developers have also turned their attention to serving housing demand in the suburbs.
A Grand Rapids neighborhood could be getting a new mixed-use development on the site where developers failed to move ahead with a proposed gas station that proved controversial for local stakeholders.
Despite a bullish outlook for construction in West Michigan, one area company thinks its best opportunity for growth lies outside the region.
Grand Rapids-based Pioneer Construction Co. and Grand Valley State University came away with the most honors as part of this year’s Excellence In Construction Awards presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Western Michigan Chapter.
Over the last five years, health systems across West Michigan and nationally have taken steps to correct a key problem they diagnosed within their footprint of medical office buildings.
Planners with the city of Muskegon want to make it easier for developers to create new building projects in the core downtown area.
Fewer submissions for the Honors Awards presented by the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAGR) probably translates into good news for the West Michigan industry as a whole.
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.
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