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Two long-forgotten downtown Grand Rapids bank lobbies have found new life as event spaces thanks to recent renovation projects.

WEST MICHIGAN — Led by a resurgence in the health care, education and multifamily markets, the construction industry in West Michigan is adding to its project backlogs at a healthy clip.

AIA index shows continued improvement

Written by | Sunday, 14 April 2013 22:00 |

WEST MICHIGAN — Gains in architecture billings nationally continue to give some regional firms confidence in the markets they serve.

Q&A: Jeffrey Tumlin

Written by | Sunday, 14 April 2013 22:00 |

For someone who went into transportation planning against his will, Jeffrey Tumlin has made a name for himself in discussing multimodal transportation. After graduating from Stanford, he took over running the university’s parking system not long after the campus lost roughly one third of its endowment and nearly a third of its buildings following an earthquake.

Developers considering projects in a key area of downtown Grand Rapids might be surprised to find out they don’t have access to a powerful incentive aimed at urban redevelopment projects.

GRAND RAPIDS — As Fox Motors expands into Chicago with a new Ford Lincoln store, the Grand Rapids-based dealership group is bringing along another West Michigan company to help build its first out-of-state dealership.

WEST MICHIGAN — The joke inside the architecture and construction industries is that if you’re not busy right now, you’re not trying.

As Fox Motors expands into Chicago with a new Ford Lincoln store, the Grand Rapids-based dealership group is bringing along another West Michigan company to help build its first out-of-state dealership.

MANISTEE — Downtown movie theaters fell casualty to the rise of the suburban strip mall, but now that much of the state’s economic development plans focus on urban cores, locally owned independent cinemas are getting ready for their close-up.

HOLLAND — An improving automotive industry has many companies in the supply chain considering additional capacity.

Meijer details $160M plan

Written by | Sunday, 17 February 2013 22:00 |

Walker-based retailing giant Meijer Inc. says it plans to build six new supercenter stores and remodel five others this year.

ALLENDALE — If there’s one constant with a school the size of Grand Valley State University, it’s that construction becomes a near ubiquitous occurrence on campus.

As the U.S. Green Building Council readies the fourth iteration of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and a host of updates to the program, some insiders say the market for green building certifications is primed for new competition.

Two years ago, Brandon Satterlee and Paul Tefft started The Forest, a design firm serving technology, consumer goods, architecture and other industries. The duo of young entrepreneurs sat down with MiBiz to dis- cuss the West Michigan design community, why they started a company here, and what business lessons can be learned from “The A-Team.”

For many patients and visitors, the next trip to the hospital could soon offer some of the same posh atmosphere as the trendiest hotels, not to mention improved care and faster recoveries.

The construction business is something of a tradition for the Stanek family.

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