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As the construction industry continues to sputter back to life, architecture firms have been taking to the drafting rooms to design their firms for the new market realities.

Most businesses need more than just a sign on the wall to let customers know what their company stands for and what they offer.

Michigan’s population continues to get older, and hospitals want to be prepared to handle them into their golden years.

A $26.9 million outpatient medical center will consolidate much of Borgess Health’s operations in Battle Creek into a single location. The new center will also expand capacity and help shore up Borgess’ market share in Battle Creek.

Senior Meals Program plans $2.5M expansion

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:29 |

Almost everyone has heard of the “meals on wheels” service, but few actually understand what it takes to provide nutritious and timely meals to those who can’t afford or don’t have the ability to buy and prepare meals themselves.

The physical presence of Hope College is about to change thanks to a healthy fundraising campaign and a shared vision with the city of Holland.

The effort to make communities more vibrant and connected can spur local governments to think outside of the box.

Downtown Grand Rapids will soon have a new option for event and meeting space.

The developers of City Flats Hotel are expanding its footprint to include a nearby second-story event space downtown.

Aquinas College always intended to expand its athletic facilities, but budgetary restraints forced the college to scale back its original plans.  Now, a lead gift from an Aquinas alum jumpstarted the college's fundraising effort for the second phase. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder paves the way for a new wave of higher education construction projects in Michigan, including two projects in West Michigan. 

The capital outlay bill spreads $305 million in state funds to 18 projects across the state. With both state and university funds, the projects represent about $613 million worth of development and renovations.

ALLEGAN — Rather than meet with the wrecking ball, a historic church in Allegan found a second life as a senior living center thanks to a developer who persevered to assemble the right mix of tax credits. 

Ohio-based Excel Realty Group secured the tax credits that made the deal possible to save the structure, which was built in 1892 and had served as a church until 2001.

KALAMAZOO — If a redevelopment plan secures state incentive support, several of Western Michigan University's slowly decaying legacy buildings could be preserved for private commercial use. 

Dallas, Texas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments proposes to convert the university's historic East Campus into a boutique hotel, commercial office space and housing development in a project estimated to cost between $50 million and $60 million.

GRAND RAPIDS — A familiar name in the West Michigan construction industry hopes to reignite his passion for the business at a company started by some of his former employees.

John Wheeler, the former CEO and co-founder of Rockford Construction Company Inc., joined Orion Construction Inc. late last year after a three-year hiatus from the industry. In 2009, he sold his shares in Rockford to 17 members of the firm and sold off 36 other real estate holdings, but he said he maintains a working relationship with his former colleagues as they collectively still own real estate partnerships together.

GRAND RAPIDS — A local public-private partnership continues to forge a new path for college-preparatory education in the city. 

Grand Rapids University Prep Academy (UPrep) will officially break ground on a new $9 million project including a three-story, 53,260-square-foot building on Division Avenue just south of downtown Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS — Tapestry Square, the Wealthy-Jefferson Development Initiative developed by the Inner City Christian Federation, is but the first step in a potential six-phase, more than $60 million revitalization project to transform a key city neighborhood over the next five years.

The project, which stems back to 1991 when ICCF joined with the South East Community Association and began a preservation plan, covers a wide swath of territory from Cherry Street on the north to Franklin Street on the South, bordered by Lafayette and Division Avenue.

Although it can be cheaper to tear down old buildings, sometimes developers pull out all the stops to find ways to save important old structures.

That was the case with the Metropolitan Center project on the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo, a project that is in the final stages of construction.

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