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Nationally the construction industry’s personnel supply is getting tighter and tighter, for both the skilled building trades and project administrative staffing. The fallout generated by the Great Recession has reduced the ranks and the “baby boom” generation has started retiring in large numbers. At the same time training programs have been scaled down and are discovering it difficult to find good candidates. If these troubles have yet to come to Michigan be assured:  They will. The Architecture Billing Index, maintained by the American Institute of Architects, is still signaling growth. There may be the occasional pause as projects that had been shelved are finally bid and constructed but, even taking that under consideration, demand appears to be increasing. This, combined with labor shortages, raises questions about our industry’s near term capabilities. Will contractors have to walk away from bidding? What’s going to be the home of the American Institute of Architects/Michigan? The chapter’s headquarters has been in downtown Detroit for the last 37 years, but now an offer for that historic building is on the table. Members will be meeting next month to determine the next step. You read about the Detroit to Chicago passenger train run in our last Dragline. Next week a public hearing is going to be held regarding improvements. Whatever is proposed, we doubt if it will be anything like the new maglev passenger train the Japanese are getting ready to build.   Go To Dragline

Wolverine Plans Gas Fired Peaking Plant Near Gaylord

Wolverine Power Cooperative has announced it plans to develop a natural gas-fueled electric generating peaking plant west of Gaylord, with an investment expected to exceed $100 million.  Full Story

Another February Michigan School Bond Proposal Posted

A second school bond project for 2015 has been scheduled by the Michigan Department of Treasury for the February 24th ballot, bringing the total up to nearly $17.5 million.  Full Story

Meijer Inc. Seeks Property Rezoning Near Cheboygan

The rezoning of two parcels of land in Inverness Township at the request of Meijer Inc. have received a recommendation from the Cheboygan County Planning Commission. Though unconfirmed it may signal the possibility of the construction of a major store.  Full Story

Concordia Hosts Tuesday Meeting On Football Field Upgrades

A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th, by Concordia University concerning proposed Phase II improvements to its recently updated football and soccer fields.  Full Story

CAM Outlines CAMTEC Classes Through January

The Construction Association of Michigan has announced added number of classes to its CAMTEC schedule, now cover the months of November, December, and January.   Full Story


TMP Taps Mishra & Myshock As New Associates


TMP Architecture Inc., Bloomfield Hills, recently promoted Nandita P. Mishra and Kevin J. Myshock, AIA, to associates of the firm. Mishra, a native of India, began her architectural career with TMP in 1996. She received her bachelor degree in architecture from the Maharashtra State Board, Mumbai, India, in 1988 and her master of science degree in interior design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1991. Myshock joined TMP in 2010 after 13 years as an architect with Detroit and Chicago-area firms. He is a registered architect and is active with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving as coordinator and instructor for AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan Chapter Architectural Registration Exam preparation activities since 2009.  Full Story

Detroit Incinerator To Be Modified Under Odor Settlement

The State of Michigan has announced it’s secured a civil settlement with two Delaware-based companies to end chronic odors affective residents of midtown Detroit from the nation's largest municipal waste incinerator. Full Story

Michigan Survey & Remonumentation Committee Formed

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced initial appointments to the new State Survey and Remonumentation Committee, created by Public Act 166 of 2014. Full Story:

ESG Picks Up Energy Conservation Contract For Ionia Prison

Energy Systems Group (ESG), Ionia, has signed a $34.6 million contract for professional design and construction consultant services with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget for comprehensive energy conservation measures and infrastructure improvements at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Ionia Complex.  Full Story

Grand Rapids Creston Neighborhood Slated For Upgrades

On Wednesday plans were announced by 616 Development Company, Grand Rapids, for a $6 million mixed use project for the Creston neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Full Story

Redico May Bring Life Back To Bloomfield Park Project

This week it was disclosed that Redico, a real estate developer based in Southfield, had joined with Pacific Coast Capital Partners LLC (PCCP,) Los Angeles, California, to purchased the long stalled Bloomfield Park mixed use development in Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township.  Full Story

Zeeland Mulling Over School Bond Proposal Drive Next Year

According to Cal De Kuiper, superintendent of Zeeland Public Schools, a decision is expected to be made shortly about asking voters to approve a new school bond at some point next year.  Full Story

WMU Seeks State Backing Of Aviation Center Expansion

Though scant about the details, Western Michigan University confirmed this week that it will be seeking $19 million in state funding to support the proposed renovation and expansion of its Aviation Education Center. Full Story

Holland Hires GMB To Identify Civic Center Options

The Holland city council has awarded a contract to a local design firm to study the current condition of its 60 year old Civic Center to determine if it should be demolished and replaced.  Full Story

MEDC Grants Stimulate $11.8 Million In Investments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of two business expansion projects expected to generate $11.8 million in investments in Southeast Michigan.  Full Story