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Companies looking for a model of how to maintain a highly skilled workforce might turn to the example set by an unlikely source, at least in West Michigan: a skilled trade union.

One of the city’s landmark development projects is nearing completion.

The Federal Building at 148 Ionia Avenue will provide much-needed space for Kendall College of Art and Design to expand its programs, namely its sculpture and ceramics departments, which will get new equipment and classroom spaces. The fourth floor will serve as home to the Wege Center for Sustainable Design, founded by a $1 million gift from philanthropist Peter Wege.

KALAMAZOO — The “Pardon Our Progress” signs are up at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites as it undergoes a massive remodel — a first for the guest rooms in almost 10 years.

When Priority Health decided to reshape its customer service arm, the company looked to the Disney Institute for advice.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. decided that if it wanted to walk the talk in helping clients with sustainable projects, it needed to complete a green building project closer to home.

GVSU library project pushes LEED envelope

Written by | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:30 |

While Grand Valley State University’s new library project is taking shape at the school’s main campus, students will still have to wait to turn the page to a new era at the state-of-the-art learning facility.

AWRI to expand footprint

Written by | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:21 |

In his TEDx Muskegon presentation, Dr. Alan Steinman, director for the Annis Water Research Institute at Grand Valley State University, talked about a “Blue Water Economy” and how the Great Lakes can continue to drive the region’s economy in new ways.

FireKeepers Casino has reached the halfway point on the construction of its 242-room resort-style hotel. When MiBiz spoke to Lansing-based contractor Clark Construction Co., the company had made progress on the hotel exterior and nearly reached the eighth and final story. Project Manager Troy Multon said the tribe will take over the project by late fall.

One of West Michigan’s notable cultural landmarks plans to expand and further cement its “must-see” destination appeal. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park CEO David Hooker on Feb. 15 announced plans for a $22 million Japanese garden to be completed by 2015. Hooker also took the opportunity to honor the late business leader and philanthropist Fred Meijer during the event held at the gardens.

Amway goes glam in renovating hotel ballroom

Written by | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:52 |

In the competition for which hotels have the swankiest, most modern amenities, the Amway Grand Plaza has raised the stakes. On Feb. 7, the hotel held an opening reception for its newly renovated Ambassador Ballroom. The $2.4 million project, which included the Crown Foyer and west concourse, was overhauled with updated technology and “glamorized” interiors.

Setting up shop along the Medical Mile opens up the potential for Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy to forge new partnerships in Grand Rapids. The new $9.1 million College of Pharmacy Center for Innovation Learning and Research houses 150 third-year pharmacy students and serves as a home base for fourth-year students serving clinical internships in the area.

Grand Rapids stands to get more than 100 “workforce housing” apartments in city neighborhoods on the edge of the downtown district, along with four acres of new park space, thanks to a developer’s proposed $18 million project.

An upgrade to Coopersville’s wastewater treatment facility will make way for the new Continental Dairy plant to begin facility testing in February and start producing in spring. Triangle Construction’s $6.7 million project is a large part of an $8.8 million investment in area water and sewage systems. Primary funds for the project come from low-interest loans through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. kicked in another $2 million.

Urban core at heart of Pride Builders

Written by | Monday, 23 January 2012 14:46 |

Dilapidated, vacant and otherwise forgotten buildings litter the neighborhoods of Grand Rapids’ Southwest side. They sit unused, like relics of better times with seemingly no better purpose than posing for the all too familiar photos of urban decay.

Imagine if an old, rundown building in your community was stripped down and rebuilt to be LEED-certified and to have multiple uses with shops on the ground floor and apartments or condos above.

You can smell the “new” the moment you walk in the door of the Mirador Family Wealth Advisors offices, adjacent to the Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Grand Rapids. You can almost, but not quite, smell the money. That will come later.

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