A tireless advocate for the architecture industry, Metz has served on the state and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Much of his practice focuses on clients in and around greater Grand Rapids.
“The year 2013 will be good for the architecture and construction community if the budget issues are addressed by our national legislature. I believe that anything they do will bring confidence to our country, and construction and renovation will continue a slow upward climb. This year is ending strong and with certainty in the economic realm, it will continue. Higher education will continue to be strong in West Michigan. We will still see a steady health care industry in this region as well.
"Renovations will still outpace new construction, but the gap is narrowing. The Michigan Legislature has passed some new bills that allow projects that meet certain brownfield and rehabilitation requirements to qualify for assistance. This will help with urban growth in our region and throughout the state. In Grand Rapids, expect to see construction activity all along the Wealthy corridor, the near west side will continue its growth, and downtown will continue to be active in both new construction and renovations.
"Next year will see larger projects being developed as demand and confidence will dictate it, and we will still see a large amount of small to medium projects. The regional increase in public transportation will continue to attract and retain a younger professional demographic that will be drawn here by our growth. I am also predicting an increased dialog and awareness of the infrastructure that is and is not needed in downtown Grand Rapids. This will lead to significant positive changes in the overall urban fabric of Grand Rapids. As for Lott3 Metz Architecture, we will continue to see growth in 2013 and expect to have a good year.”