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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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A new industrial building going up northwest of downtown Grand Rapids could be a sign that more build-to-suit projects and even speculative building could soon show up in the West Michigan market.

As the economic recovery continues to take shape in West Michigan, local officials are again looking to parks and recreational assets as crucial parts of the region’s economic development strategy.

Based on the success of the Grand Rapids and East Lansing locations of the brewpub HopCat, parent company BarFly Ventures LLC thinks it has a winning concept to take to new markets across Michigan and nearby states.

Chicago-based real estate investment firm Franklin Partners LLC is scooping up another large industrial property in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Building owners and developers want to know that all the systems they’re paying for work as designed. That’s led to a rise in the commissioning of buildings, a process that helps owners and developers proactively find problems before they arise and do less backtracking if issues do come up.

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.

Despite claims that Michigan’s climate is less than ideal for widespread solar energy production, one new program aims to show solar is both possible and scalable in the state.

With a growing enrollment outpacing space in its current facility, West Michigan Aviation Academy plans to expand to accommodate up to 600 students in Grand Rapids.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 20:55

Do construction numbers tell full story?

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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