Commercial and residential development


Orion breaks ground on new fire station

Orion Construction and the city of Cedar Springs recently broke ground on a new fire station.

Calvin receives $22.25M donation to launch business school

Calvin University will be constructing its first school, less than a year after changing its name, courtesy of a $22.25 million gift from anonymous donors.

Construction roars back into gear

Michigan’s construction industry is dusting off and back in the field after nearly a month-long shutdown, and West Michigan leaders are boasting of the industry’s resiliency.

Calvin University constructing design hub

Calvin University announced it is renovating the Spoelhof Center into a state-of-the-art design hub that will bring students together from a variety of majors.

Field Tools releases health screening app for construction workers

Grandville-based Field Tools is providing a free health screening form on its mobile data app as construction workers return to job sites.

State’s construction industry reopens

After going cold nearly a month ago, Michigan’s construction industry came back online effective Thursday.

Crews keep hospitals humming

Feyen Zylstra is working behind the scenes in West Michigan hospitals, gearing up frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Commercial firms get creative with showings during pandemic

With some commercial real estate transactions stalled, companies are starting to get creative.

March housing permits increase 10% year over year

The Home Builders Association of Michigan reported year-to-date housing permits for Michigan single-family homes increased by 10% compared to permits pulled in March 2019.

HBAM study shows 94% of builders have COVID-19 safety plans in place

The Home Builders Association of Michigan announced results of a statewide COVID-19 safety survey, showing most builders in the state have updated guidelines in the wake of the disease.

Allied Mechanical wins diversity award

Allied Mechanical Services in Grand Rapids recently received a National Diversity Excellence Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors.

COVID throws a wrench in City Tower

The 24-story City Tower promised to be Wheeler Development Group’s next flagship project, but now COVID-19 and the ensuing shelter-in-place order for the state of Michigan has put the project on ice as the developers examine the next steps.

Homebuilders plead for ‘essential’ status

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently declared industries like housing construction are not essential under her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
New housing

Data shows below average investment in new housing

Grand Rapids is falling behind on new housing, according to a national survey.

Elzinga & Volkers rebrands to EV Construction

Elzinga & Volkers Construction in Holland recently announced its rebrand to EV Construction with the new slogan “Built Around People.”

How will legal marijuana affect the blue-collar workforce?

LANSING — It’s been more than a year since voters approved the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana for adults.But the blue-collar workforce...

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 continues amid virus outbreak

The Home Builders Association of Michigan praised the efforts of local building departments that have found new ways to provide essential services during the...

Uptown Grand Rapids begins façade improvement project

A new initiative was approved to provide compensation for a building improvement project.The Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority agreed to its first façade improvement project,...

Engineering firm honored for energy-saving design

TowerPinkster engineers were recognized for their work at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.The...

Ice cream maker launching $9.8M expansion

A West Michigan-based ice cream maker is spending $9.8 million to expand its facilities.Holland-based Hudsonville Ice Cream said last week that it is beginning...

Construction firm adds new partner

A woman-owned construction firm welcomed a new partner.Zach Verhulst recently was selected as managing partner for Metric Structures. He will join founder Jacey Ehmann...

Recycling center reopens after upgrades

A recycling center in Kent County reopened after undergoing upgrades.The Kent County Recycling & Education Center at 977 Wealthy St. SW is reopening Monday,...

Construction company names president, COO

A local construction company is shuffling the positions of some of its executive leadership team members.Triangle Associates Inc. named Pat Cebelak its new president...

Construction company appoints vice president

A local concrete contractor appointed its first female vice president.Grand Rapids-based Kent Companies said this week that it promoted Leah Gradl to vice president...