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Everybody’s an expert. In our experience we’ve run across many who claim expertise. Even so our contact with true experts has been rare. Typically they’re usually humble people who in certain fields have more brainpower than we can ever muster. Thus, when we once attended a lecture delivered by Dr. Hans Bethe, who won a Nobel Prize in physics, we caught a simple arithmetic mistake. We all had a good chuckle over it.  Unfortunately this week, as pointed out in an essay we came across, what can cripple the marketing efforts of construction industry firms is criticism by untrained senior management. Unwise, ignorant criticism that overrides a marketing team’s talent and ability. Because the boss is the boss, right? From there we boldly criticize the Republican Party’s platform statements regarding our nation’s infrastructure programs. The planks it’s laid down are ill-advised. Finally, the American Institute of Architects has some news that good and some news that’s worrisome. Go To Dragline

615 South Main Apartments Wins Ann Arbor’s OK

This week the Ann Arbor City Council approved the site plans for “The Residences At 615 South Main,” a $40 million, six story, mixed use, 229 unit apartment complex being developed by Collegiate Development Group, Clayton, Missouri. Full Story

Milford Issues RFP For Downtown Mixed Use Building

The Milford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the creation of a mixed use development in downtown Milford.  Full Story

Mitchell Plastics Picks Sterling Heights For Factory

Ultra Manufacturing (USA) Inc., dba Mitchell Plastics, has announced plans to establish a 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Sterling Heights with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF.) Full Story


Elgie Returns To New Job At White Construction

Rod Elgie has rejoined the management team at White Construction, Detroit, as its chief operating officer.  He formerly was a project director and vice president of construction operations for White from 2001 to 2007. He then left to assume the role of operations manager and senior project executive for Gilbane Building Company at its San Jose, California, office. In his new role at White, Elgie will provide daily leadership, management, strategic vision, and talent development. Full Story

KBIC Members To Vote On Casino Improvements

At an August 13th referendum election members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) will vote on a proposal for $40 million in renovations to be performed at its casinos in Baraga and Marquette. Full Story

Funding Comes Through For Midland Courthouse

Grants totaling $5.3 million from three local foundations were accepted this week by the Midland County Board of Commissioners to fund interior and exterior renovations to the historic county courthouse. Full Story

BIM Unit 4 To Be Presented August 11th

A day-long course on Building Information Modeling (BIM,) Unit 4: Adoption & Integration,, is being conducted Thursday, August 11th by the Associated General Contractors of Michigan. It’s open to both AGC-M members and non-members and will be held at the Eastern Michigan University Livonia campus.  Full Story

Royal Oak Planning Park At Former Golf Course

Plans for the redevelopment of a portion of the former Normandy Oaks golf course, owned by Royal Oak, into a public park are being discussed by city and Oakland County Recreation officials. Topping the list is financing a $6 million proposal for building the park. Full Story

Dowagiac Gets Advanced View Of High School Design

Conceptual plans for an extensive renovation and expansion of the high school for Dowagiac Union Schools were revealed this week by the project’s architect, Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering, Kalamazoo. Full Story

Car Condo Proposal Gears Up In Huron Township

A plan to develop a “car condo” complex in Huron Township, for the storage, maintenance, and testing of historic and other valuable automotive vehicles is underway, with orders for the condominiums being taken. Full Story

Culver’s Restaurant Is Coming To Iron Mountain

This week the Iron Mountain City Council approved a special use permit that will allow Culver’s to construct one of its restaurants on the city’s south side. Full Story

Battle Creek Moves Toward New Police HQ

This week city commissioners for Battle Creek approved a $764,000 contract with Schweitzer Inc., Battle Creek, for design services for a new police headquarters. Full Story

Ann Arbor Approves Balfour Senior Housing

Plans received final approved this week from the Ann Arbor City Council for a $35 million senior housing development to be built on a site located at 2830 South Main Street, on the southwest corner with its intersection with Oakbrook Drive. Full Story

Houghton-Portage Schools Pushing School Bond Again

With a May 2016 bond proposal that lost by only seven votes, the board of education at Houghton-Portage Township Schools are discussing placing another attempt, possibly on next May’s ballot. Full Story

Manton Seeks Cash Support For New Library

Fundraising is underway — including the sale of engraved bricks for a paved walkway — for a new building for the Manton Public Library. Full Story

Historic Battle Creek Buildings To Be Repurposed

A local development firm, 180 Urban Development & Management llc., owned by Alexa Smolinski and her husband, David Sciacca, has submitted an application to Battle Creek officials for a total of $1.2 million in tax credits for the renovation of two historic downtown buildings. Full Story