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In Dragline’s Bucket

As Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was filling potholes in Detroit, our solons in Washington, D.C., dithered over how to increase federal surface transportation funding. As we’ve kept the federal program going through stopgap measures since it expired in 2009, why financing should be a showstopper today is beyond comprehension. We’ve been through it all, repeatedly. The public knows more money has to come from somewhere. Some mistakenly believe it can be obtained by cutting more “government fat” but very few have explained where the fat is, much less how it can be successfully trimmed. Our point is the deterioration of our state and nation’s systems of highways, roads, and bridges is accelerating. We have to do something about it. Immediately. We also need to do something about the climate change models too often cited by the general news media. Models that cry wolf. Upon closer examination by Duke University their hysterical conclusions appear to overstate current climate change trends. How? By ignoring naturally occurring “wiggle room” in their statistics.  Go To Dragline

More Details About GM Tech Center Plans Emerge

This week the Warren City Council approved the Public Act 198 Industrial Facilities Exemption request filed by General Motors for over $419 million in improvements to its technical center. Full Story

Architects See Rising Improvement In March

From a modest gain in February the American Institute of Architects’ Architectural Billings Index displayed stronger increase in March, rising from 50.4 to 51.7.  Full Story

Property Near Clare May Gain A Walmart

Walmart apparently is considering Clare as a potential site for one of its stores. It reportedly is entering into a purchasing agreement to obtain 18 acres for a store site.  Full Story

TEC’s Ashley Lesser Earns Her PE Certification


Ashley Prescott Lesser, environmental engineer in the Environmental Assessment Services Division at Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc., recently passed the licensed professional engineer examination administered by the state of Michigan. A Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) she joined TEC in 2011 and is experienced as a civil and environmental engineer. Her five plus years of expertise includes environmental due diligence, remediation design, regulatory compliance, and construction management. She completed her master’s in environmental engineering at Wayne State University and holds a bachelor of science in engineering from Princeton University.  Full Story

Shipping Facility Site Plan OK’d In Oak Park

The final site plan for the construction of a 300,000 square foot shipping facility on a portion of a property once used for a Michigan Light Guard Armory was approved this week by the city council for Oak Park. Full Story

Free Webinar Looks At New Coal Ash Rule

A 60 minuter free webinar on new coal combustion residuals (coal ash) rules recently established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to be broadcast starting at noon on April 30th.  Full Story

BIM Integration Covered In AGC Michigan Class

A day long class entitled “BIM Process, Adoption, And Integration” will be conducted June 6th in Lansing, hosted by the Associate General Contractors of Michigan.  Full Story

Cascades Renovation In Jackson Moves Into Phase 2

With the first phase of renovations nearing completions at its Cascades water feature, this week the Jackson County Board of Commissioners decided on an engineering services contract for phase two not to exceed $95,000. Full Story

State Housing Authority Picks New Leader

Kevin Elsenheimer, chief deputy director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, was unanimously approved by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s board to serve as the organization’s new executive director.  Full Story

Detroit Solicits A 'Deconstruction Hub' Operation

The City of Detroit, through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, is seeking proposals for a “deconstruction hub,” which is to serve as a center for recycling demolition material. Full Story

Park District Development Wins OK In East Lansing

A site plan and a special use permit were approved this week by the East Lansing city council, enabling the Park District Project to move forward.  Full Story

Solar Energy Development Workshop Set For May 5th

A free  workshop on solar energy development in western Michigan will be conducted May 5th at the Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.  Full Story

Battle Creek Gets An Idea For New Police HQ

This week a conceptual design for an approximately $18 million police headquarters was unveiled to city commissioners in Battle Creek.  Full Story

Retail Developer Interested In Georgetown Property

David Nelson, president of the Nelson Companies Inc., West Bloomfield, has begun negotiations in Georgetown Township, west of Grand Rapids, to purchased the site of a closed Kmart store for redevelopment. Full Story

Detroit Warehouse Slated For Loft Apartments

Planning is underway to save and adapt an aging warehouse in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood to provide 12 loft apartments.  Full Story