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Last year’s real estate forecast from Colliers International had encouraging signs for some market segments, while others were expected to limp along like wounded animals.

TowerPinkster, a Kalamazoo-based architecture firm with a long-time presence in Grand Rapids, made its mark on the cityscape with a number of high-profile projects that include renovation of Kendall College of Art & Design’s Historic Federal Building and the Civic Theater. 

The Kingsley building is six months away from completion and the property is positioned to receive a possible additional 20 percent rehabilitation tax credit thanks to its recent designation.

For the past 24 months, Farmington Hills-based Best Homes Title Agency sought a strategic acquisition to expand its operations statewide.

As cities across the country focus their growth strategies inward to urban cores, several state agencies in Michigan are collaborating to build an online commonplace for novice and veteran urbanists alike.

As urban development gains momentum across the country, one veteran developer plans to lead the charge in getting others interested in investing in downtown Muskegon.

In the construction industry, general contractors’ financial juggling in tough economic times could put individuals and entire companies on the line for big civil and criminal penalties.

When Keith Winn and Chris Muller set out to design a new office space for their respective businesses, their goal was to work within the LEED rating system to create an efficient, sustainable office building on the site of a former milling company.

Homebuilders backlogged as buyers return

Written by | Sunday, 11 November 2012 16:58 |

It wasn’t that long ago when homebuilders wondered when their next project would come along.

Researchers and designers at the Big Three office furniture companies are very deliberate in the words they use to describe the changing workspace. Some of their favorites include “open,” “casual” and “collaborative.”

Q&A: John O’Neill, Principal, Conduit Studio

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:40 |

John O’Neill might run a small, full-service graphic design, branding and interactive studio in the heart of Grand Rapids, but that doesn’t preclude Conduit Studios from working on projects for high-profile clients including Wolverine World Wide and Amway.

After two consecutive years of expansions, the executive team at Founders Brewing Co. is ready to say: I’ll have another.

The hunt is on for a buyer for one of West Michigan’s signature buildings, but some developers caution the process could drag on for a long time.

A massive commercial construction industry expo hits Grand Rapids this week.

While a technology has promise to help speed construction projects and better control costs, it has yet to make it into widespread use at West Michigan firms.

The efforts of one nonprofit organization in transforming a key Grand Rapids neighborhood has attracted another like-minded group to plant roots and help be part of the area’s revitalization.

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