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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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When faced with plans for a redevelopment project that just “didn’t feel right,” 616 Development LLC founder Derek Coppess knew it was time to get creative.

One of Muskegon’s biggest cheerleaders happens to be a developer who owns one of the largest portfolios of property being redeveloped in the city’s downtown.

In striking a merger deal in late 2012, two competing Grand Rapids-based architectural firms determined they could be more competitive and more profitable together than they could as separate entities.

Monday, 30 September 2013 15:52

Energy Pitch: Butterworth Landfill solar array

One project pitch that’s being discussed at the Energy Leaders Forum is a proposed large-scale solar array at the Butterworth Landfill site in Grand Rapids. With the help of a $30,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for engineering services, the City of Grand Rapids hired a consultant to help determine the project’s feasibility.

As Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine embarks on a plan to expand in downtown Grand Rapids, officials point to the school’s growing physical presence as a sign that its economic impact continues to broaden.

A collaboration of the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art & Design and the Grand Rapids Public Museum wants to explore the possibility of creating a new K-12 school based on human-centered design thinking.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 22:00

Saying no is hard to do for contractors

Construction firms and subcontractors in West Michigan are turning down new work.

The American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids plans to celebrate the profession’s finest achievements in West Michigan over the last year at its annual Honor Awards.

As Michigan approaches a key deadline for the implementation of renewable energy across the state, a new draft report shows the utilities should have no problem complying with the mandates.

Sunday, 15 September 2013 22:00

Q&A: Dr. Marsha Rappley

As dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2006, Marsha Rappley has seen the school continue to build its presence in Grand Rapids, including the Secchia Center on the Medical Mile. Now, the university is in the planning process to continue that expansion with more biomedical research space it intends to build on the former Grand Rapids Press property it purchased last year. Rappley spoke with MiBiz to discuss the school’s next phase of development.

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