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Crane operators and their employers can exhale. New certification requirements due to go into effect in November have been delayed another three years. In explaining its decision the Occupational Safety & Health Administration conceded that industry comments have raised many doubts. More time for study is needed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency remains committed to its proposed new regulations under the Clean Water Act. Yet the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a bill to stop their finalization and efforts to do the same are getting underway in the Senate. After the November elections we may seen a clash over them between the White House and Congress. Five years of research by scientists at MIT indicate the formula for cements used in concrete can be changed, to increase strength and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, a Japanese construction company says it believes it can build a space elevator within the next four decades. Our editor explains why the plan probably won’t work. Wait until editions of Dragline appear in September 2054 when he wraps this story up. By then he’ll be a youthful 103.  Go To Dragline

Clark Construction Tapped For East Lansing’s Park District

One of two developers involved in East Lansing’s Park District project — the Park District Development Group LLC, East Lansing — has announced the recent selection of Clark Construction, Lansing, as construction manager.  Full Story

Student Contractor Awareness Night Set For October 7th

The Student Contractor Awareness Night (SCAN) for 2014, sponsored by the AGC of Michigan, will be conducted Tuesday, October 28th at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.  Full Story

Owner Of Michigan Cat To Build New Indianapolis HQ

The owner of Michigan Cat and Titan Equipment in Michigan, MacAllister Machinery, last week revealed plans to build a new corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Full Story

Large Meijer Store Slated To Rise In Sault Ste. Marie

Last Thursday evening the Sault Ste. Marie Planning Commission conditionally approved the site plan for a 230,000 square foot Meijer store for construction on the northwest corner of I-75 and Three Mile Road.  Full Story

Alliance For Health Reviews Two Projects This Week

On Wednesday and Thursday the Alliance For Health on the west side of lower Michigan will conduct public meetings on health care facility construction projects seeking Certificate of Need Commission approval.  Full Story

Plans Being Sorted For Tiger Stadium Redevelopment

Last week the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation said it was examining proposals from two developers for the portions of the former Tiger Stadium site.  Full Story

Ideas Emerge For Ypsilanti’s Former Smith Furniture Building

Serving as the real estate broker for Ash and Mike Fahra, who recently purchased the former Smith Furniture Building at a Washtenaw County Tax Foreclosure Auction, Stuart Beal last week said he envisions the Ypsilanti Building be returned to retail use.  Full Story

Kingscott Associates Shuffles and Redesigns Leadership Team 

Last week Kingscott Associates, the Kalamazoo based architectural firm, has unveiled extensive changes to its executive ranks.  Full Story

MSU Slates ‘Construction Junction’ For Thursday, October 9th

The October “Construction Junction” meeting conducted by Michigan State University will be held this on Thursday, October 9th, in Room 343 of the College of Law Building, starting at 8:30 am.  Full Story

Suite Style Hotel Planned For Meridian Township  Site

A special use permit was approved by the Meridian Township Planning Commission last week to allow the construction of a 55,561 square foot Home2 Suites building for Hilton Worldwide. Full Story

Walmart  Reviewing Kalkaska For Possible New Store

Officials at Walmart are reportedly planning to meet with village of Kalkaska officials in November or December about a proposal to build one of its stores within the village limits.  Full Story

MDEQ Designates SAW Grant To City Of Riverview

Riverview has been awarded a $1,999,964 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to evaluate its wastewater collection and treatment systems. Full Story

City of Holland Takes Another Hard Look At Its Civic Center

The city of Holland has decided to spend $20,000 to study the current condition of its 60 year old Civic Center to determine if it should be demolished and replaced.  Full Story

PVM Looks At New Building For Its Village Of Redford Complex

Discussion is underway regarding a proposal from Presbyterian Village of Michigan to replace its Village of Redford assisted living facility in Redford Township with a two story building with 50 apartments.  Full Story

Ypsilanti Township Planners OK Chrysler Dealer Upgrades

Last week the Ypsilanti Township Planning Commission approved a proposed expansion of the Cueter Chrysler dealership on Washtenaw Avenue.  Full Story