E&V pumps $40M into fall schedule


New developments from Elzinga & Volkers are springing up across the state of Michigan. The Holland-based construction management firm has begun breaking ground on several new projects, some of which are expected to be complete next year, and others that are expected to keep the firm busy until 2019.

The firm is breaking ground on four new projects that will total $40 million.

“Demand for construction in Michigan remains strong across a wide variety of markets,” E&V President and CEO Mike Novakoski said. “We can already see that 2018 will be a strong year, as well.”

E&V already has broken ground on the development of two new soccer fields for Midwest United Football Club in Kentwood. The $2-million project involves the demolition of an existing on-site softball field and miniature golf course. E&V Vice President John Parker said the project will carry on through the winter, and he expects it to be complete by spring of 2018.

“We’re pretty excited about the football club (fields),” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of community support for that project. It’s privately funded.”

One of the two fields will be lit for evening games. Utilities within the Christian Athletic Complex also will be upgraded.

Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea will undergo a $19-million multiphase renovation project. The plan involves renovating 24,000 square feet of an existing four-story building into staff office space with 48 offices, eight conference rooms, a classroom and employee break room.

E&V also has broken ground on a 20,000-square-foot expansion and 40,000-square-foot renovation of the existing skilled nursing center that includes private rooms, more common spaces and a new bakery.

A final addition began this month, with a 14,000-square-foot wellness and aquatic center. The building will include a swimming pool, spa, walking track and group fitness area.

“We’re basically taking an old nursing home and modernizing it,” Parker said. “We’re going from resident rooms for two people to single occupancy — making it more homelike instead of institutional.”

The expansions and renovations for Chelsea Retirement Community have been in planning for over two years. The projects are scheduled for completion by fall of 2019. Funding comes from a mix of private donors and public funds.

E&V also will break ground on a larger facility for Creative Products International, a Holland-based company specializing in microfiber products and other cleaning equipment. The $5-million project involves a new 65,000-square-foot warehouse and office near the West Michigan Regional Airport in Holland. The project will be completed in fall 2018.

E&V’s first project with Munson Healthcare will be a $14-million expansion to Munson Medical Center in Manistee. Previously called West Shore Medical Center, the hospital was purchased and renamed by Munson.

The expansion involves construction of a two-story, 45,000-square-foot medical office building that will include outpatient services, orthopedics, urology, neurology, general surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, occupational rehabilitation and a new boardroom.

Upgrades will be made to campus parking and wayfinding. The project is slated for completion in October 2018.

Parker said this current round of projects builds on E&V’s already busy summer schedule. The Business Journal previously reported E&V had a summer lineup totaling $60 million, which included a $15-million upgrade to Western Theological Seminary’s library, based in Holland.

The company’s current backlog is set to keep employees busy into 2019. Parker said the number of projects they’re facing is out of the ordinary for the winter season but highlights the increased demand for construction services in West Michigan, which may be challenging when paired with an increased demand for skilled labor.

“We really are continuing to see strong construction demands,” Parker said. “We’re looking to hire more workers — hoping to fill more positions. The question going into 2018 is how are we going to meet the demand for labor?”

Rachel Austin, E&V’s director of corporate initiatives, said the construction industry is facing a lack of skilled labor, causing an increase in wages.

“The labor shortage will likely be our biggest barrier to growth in the near future,” she said.

According to the Commercial Construction Index, demand for commercial construction has been high across the U.S., with 93 percent of contractors expecting to see equal or greater profit margins in the next year, but 60 percent of contractors also reported difficulty finding skilled workers.

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