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You may think your knowledge of the construction industry is comprehensive, and may well be for the state of Michigan. However, taking up projects in other states isn’t something for the innocent. We provide an example from the deep South. The everyday logistics of doing business in a professional manner may be difficult enough, so far from the home office. Yet lack of a sufficient history of the business practices where your new project’s located can make you very easy prey for the unscrupulous. Our example looks at what happened to a West Michigan contractor in dealing with a subcontractor that’s now under a federal grand jury indictment. Returning to Michigan’s thumb, word has reached us about an attempt by the Michigan Department of Transportation to bring the plaza expansion on the U.S. side of the Blue Water Bridge to Canada back to life. It was put on the shelf about six years ago when our federal government said it didn’t have the money for it. In 2009 the cost of building the expansion was expected to reach $165 million. Go To Dragline

School Bonds Do Well On Tuesday’s Ballot

In May 3rd school bond voting results voters rejected nine proposals. However, 21 proposals approaching $776.7 million in total value won, indicating higher than usual statewide approval for school renovation and construction. Full Story

August School Bonds Approach $200 Million

Another pair of school bond proposals have been added by the Michigan Department of Treasury to the August 2nd ballot, bringing the new total to 12 and increasing their total value to over $195 million. Full Story

New NMU Dorms To Be Complete By Summer 2018

A number of details have been leaking from the board of trustees at Northern Michigan University about its arrangement made last week with a developer of collegiate housing, involving up to $80 million in construction. Full Story

Flint’s Capitol Theater Subject Of Monday Hearing

Though the vote by the Flint City Council was slim, it has sent a May 9th date for a public hearing on transferring a 2013 property tax freeze for the Capitol Theater to its new owners. Full Story

CAM Launches New Virtual Platform

The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), Bloomfield Hills, has launched a new platform to support its news and plan room service, called the CAM Virtual Planroom Network, or VPN. Full Story

Corner Shoppes Development Primed To Expand

Ground is expected to be broken before summer on new development at the Corner Shoppes at Drake, by the intersection of Stadium Drive and US-131 near Kalamazoo. Full Story

CM Named For Detroit’s IRS Computing Center

This week the General Services Administration announced that Hill International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had been awarded the construction management contract for the “modernization” of what’s known as the Internal Revenue Service Computing Center in downtown Detroit. Full Story

Oxford Planners OK Tractor Supply Store Plan

Plans for a new store for Tractor Supply Company (TSC) have been approved by the Oxford Township Planning Commission for a site on the west side of M-24, just north of the village of Oxford limits. Full Story

Consumers Energy Plans Coldwater Service Center

A request by Consumers Energy to rezone a 71 acre parcel of land for the development of a regional service center won the approval this week of the Coldwater Planning Commission. Full Story

LSSU Formally Sets 20 Year Master Plan

At Lake Superior State University its board of trustees has decided to adopt a 20 year master plan calling for $60 million in new or upgraded campus facilities. Full Story

Fraser To Spend Year Fixing Sanitary Lines

A finding of no significant impact has been determined by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for an estimated $3.84 million effort by the city of Fraser to improve its sanitary sewer system. Full Story

Howell Area Dentist Gets OK For Larger Building

This week the Genoa Township Board of Trustees gave final approval to plans by a local dentist to build a larger medical building to house his practice, along with two tenants in the profession. Full Story

Milford Gun Shop Proposes Firearms Range

A proposal for the construction of a 37,500 square foot enclosed firearms training and education facility is currently being considered by the Milford Township Board of Trustees. Full Story

Hockey Arena Plan Studied In Lincoln Township

During its meeting this week the Lincoln Township Planning Commission was given a presentation on conceptual plans for an enclosed ice arena proposed by a local developer. Full Story

Health Centers Gain Facility Upgrade Grants

On Wednesday it was announced that ten Michigan health centers are due to each receive $1 million federal grants to construct new facilities or renovate and expanding existing buildings. Full Story