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Crafted in harmony: construction and property management

It’s a rarity in our industry for firms to offer both construction and property management services. But that unique business model allows us to build with the knowledge of how our clients and customers say they plan to use the building and space through a property management lens.

The shift in workplace design and construction trends

As we take proactive steps to return to the workplace, the focus to create healthier environments with reduced opportunities to transmit germs and viruses is at the forefront of our planning.

Continuing construction virtually

At Rockford Construction, we have a long history of leveraging technology to stay connected and deliver outstanding results for our clients. But like many businesses today, we’ve had to go even further.

Property management to pandemic management: putting tenants and residents first

Rockford Property Management recognizes these are challenging times. As such, we have taken many actions designed to promote safety while also offering new ways to engage and connect.

Exposing a gap: construction safety programs catching up with the COVID-19 crisis

By its very nature, construction is a dangerous activity requiring many people to work in close quarters in an ever-changing environment. Our industry works...

Construction Notebook

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The right way isn’t always the easy way

As those of you in the construction industry know, safety is a daily battle. Internally, it is something that we fight — what if...

Construction Notebook

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Construction Notebook

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A company full of corporate leaders

It used to be quite worrisome thinking about how my five-person Executive Committee was going to successfully develop and execute a new Strategic Plan...

2020 vision: Outlook for construction industry looks rosy … for now

From all corners of the West Michigan construction industry, the outlook for the next 12-18 months remains strong, but it is not without a...

Professionalism in the construction industry: re-defining the stereotype

Is the construction industry evolving? Whose responsibility is it to raise the bar on professionalism in the industry?We all are familiar with the stereotype...

Promoting safety in the construction industry

Spring has finally arrived and warm weather soon will to follow. All over West Michigan, groundbreakings on project sites are happening at a rapid...

Mitigating financial risk during winter construction

Only 39 weeks until we begin the 2019-2020 winter season! Too soon? Cruel, I know. But for pre-construction and project management teams, now is...

A budding future: Michigan contractors and marijuana facilities

In November 2008, Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, talk about marijuana use — and all the legalities involved...

8 days a week: Managing stress in an overheated construction market

I believe that I speak for most of the West Michigan construction community when I say that 2018 was a great year. Investment, development...

Cold weather doesn’t stop winter construction

After the official start of winter, many assume that all construction workers hibernate for the season, and that just isn’t true. While there is significantly...

Back in school …

Each fall when my kids go back to school, I find myself traveling back in time to reminisce about when I started high school,...

When’s the drywall coming?

We used to work with a general superintendent who often would ask, “When is the drywall coming?” whenever clients would push an unrealistic schedule...

Recognizing greatness in the construction industry

Each year, the Western Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors awards a Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) at its Excellence in...

Corporate volunteering: a three-pronged advantage

If you’ve ever asked yourself how you can help improve your employees’ leadership skills, encourage interdisciplinary teamwork, attract new talent or develop a culture...

Millennials and membership

Networking events are always complicated for an association professional. When the dreaded, “What do you do?” question arises, I take a deep breath and...

Safety as the key performance indicator

I am blessed to have led hundreds of the best and brightest construction minds throughout my 40-year career in the building industry. Leading this...

Attracting the next generation of construction pros

It’s a Friday afternoon, and I’m sitting in the sun-soaked office of Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College...

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