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Fixing Michigan’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure will certainly require the state to clear key budgetary hurdles, but it also may call for new models of public-private partnerships to see the projects to completion.

Q&A: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Written by | Sunday, 25 May 2014 22:00 |

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley served as the keynote speaker at the Urban Land Institute of Michigan infrastructure conference this month in Lansing. MiBiz spoke with Calley before his address to discuss how the Governor’s office is approaching fixes to the state’s ailing infrastructure. Calley said it’s time to make big moves to find a solution.

The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) approved its first assessment project that was made possible by a $400,000 federal grant.

The job market for nonresidential construction in Grand Rapids grew at a faster clip since 2011 than in most metropolitan areas across the country.

There’s a battle of competing reports brewing in Lansing over potential updates to the energy section of the state’s residential building code.

Connecticut-based online travel services provider The Priceline Group Inc. is expanding its existing call center facilities for Booking.com in the city of Wyoming.

Construction and architecture firms could soon see a more than half-billion dollar business opportunity if voters across the state approve school bond proposals on May 6.

The construction sector in West Michigan is poised to make modest gains in 2014 after pulling off a strong finish to last year.

The former site of a sprawling religious retreat on Spring Lake could become the next upscale single-family community on the lakeshore.

As the state begins a study on preserving key highway infrastructure running through downtown Grand Rapids, some urbanist advocates would rather have the discussion focus on reinventing the system to better accommodate a range of users.

A group of local design industry professionals are collaborating to assemble a series of events for the first-ever West Michigan Design Week. Given the depth of design talent throughout the region, local organizers aim to showcase the various disciplines of design work from both firms and individuals. 

As The Right Place Inc. markets the region’s capabilities to expanding companies over the next three years, it plans to talk more about one of greater Grand Rapids’ key competencies: design.

Visbeen, GMB part ways after merger

Written by | Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:30 |

Roughly a year and a half after GMB Architects + Engineers Inc. acquired Visbeen Architects Inc., the firms have ended their partnership. The companies dissolved their relationship late last year with representatives from each firm calling the split a mutual decision.

A new contest from the West Michigan chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council pits companies against one another to see whose building is the most energy efficient.

Do construction numbers tell full story?

Written by | Sunday, 05 January 2014 20:55 |

Despite all the changes to the design, development and construction sector, the fundamentals of the industry have not changed.

Demand for new homes sites in West Michigan is up and that has area homebuilders scrambling to provide new housing stock.

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