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West Michigan contractors and architects point to the diversification of backlogged projects as further proof of a healthy regional economy. 

Most research firms project the commercial real estate market in West Michigan will maintain slow but steady growth in 2016. 

ADA — The future of the quaint village of Ada lies in creating a moderately dense, mixed-use downtown where residents and visitors alike can live, work, play and eat. 

Despite a number of recent global and national industry reports pointing to potential slowdowns in the construction sector, West Michigan contractors say they remain busy and confident for the foreseeable future. 

With the economy several years into a sustained-yet-slow recovery, general contractors and subcontractors say they need to get creative to surmount a critical workforce development hurdle. While executives acknowledge the workforce challenges have tangible impacts on their businesses, they’ve been focused for a number of years on solving the issue with new training and awareness campaigns. 

Close collaboration between developers and neighbors has helped bring a pair of proposed redevelopment projects closer to fruition in Grand Rapids’ burgeoning East Hills neighborhood.

The organization that heads Michigan’s new industrial design promotion effort hopes to launch a statewide design competition loosely based on Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize.

When it comes to paying property taxes in Mason County, retailer Meijer Inc. appears to be following the advice of its old advertising slogan: “Why Pay More.”

Developers of senior living facilities see the convergence of favorable demographic shifts and strong economic conditions as providing an opportunity they can’t ignore.

GRAND RAPIDS — While Michigan State University’s future $88.1 million biomedical research facility is expected to have an impact on the region’s scientific research community, the project also demonstrates the strength of the real estate market in Grand Rapids.

A pair of Grand Rapids-based companies involved in the construction and development industry now have a way to show they practice what they preach about green building and design.

The planned merger of two international cement producers will result in a new owner for a Grandville-based operation and could lead to more competitive pricing for the commodity in the West Michigan market.

Students hold the overall aesthetic experience of a college campus on par with the quality of the education it offers, and that is leading to new construction and development projects at higher educational institutions in West Michigan.

To diversify from casino gaming, Dowagiac-based Mno-Bmadsen, the private equity and economic development arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, is extending its reach into the fields of construction management and design-build services. The company recently created 7 Generations Construction LLC, with offices in Kalamazoo and South Bend, Ind. The firm, led by construction industry veteran Robert Farkas, will work alongside partner organization 7 Generations Architecture and Engineering LLC (7GenAE). Farkas spoke with MiBiz about the firm’s goals for skilled trades training as well as a new joint venture to pursue federal contracting work with Wisconsin-based construction management firm Greenfire Management Services LLC.

The mixed-use projects beginning to take shape around Kalamazoo’s central business district and its nearby neighborhoods point the way forward for the city’s growing commercial real estate market.

Businesses frequently run into challenges when they look to upgrade to more efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC equipment. Namely, the new systems can be really expensive to purchase and the payoff for the investment can take years.

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