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Hudson’s Site Construction Reaches New Heights in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The Hudson’s Site commemorated a historic milestone as the final steel construction beam was raised, securing its place as Detroit’s largest ground-up development in the past 50 years. This feat would not have been possible without more than 3,500 tradespeople, who put in more than 2.7 million …

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Michigan Governor Announces $290M to Rebuild Water Infrastructure, Supporting 4,350 Jobs

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announce a $290 million expansion of the MI Clean Water Plan, utilizing existing authority from the bipartisan, voter-approved 2002 Great Lakes Water Quality Protection Bond. These resources will help communities across the state ensure …

Top Engineering and Surveying Projects Recognized at Annual ACEC/Michigan Excellence Awards Gala

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/Michigan) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards Gala. Design professionals and guests gathered at Elevate at One Campus Martius in Detroit to recognize Michigan engineering and surveying projects …

Enbridge Chooses Contractors for Construction of Great Lakes Tunnel

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — Enbridge has retained a joint venture partnership between Barnard Construction Company, Inc. (Barnard) and Civil and Building North America, Inc. (CBNA), two tunneling companies, to lead construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.

Barnard, based in Bozeman, Montana, and CBNA, based in …

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Fishbeck Receives 2024 Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award from ACEC/Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Fishbeck received an Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan (ACEC/Michigan) chapter for work on the City of Grand Rapids Lake Michigan Filtration Plant. The ACEC/Michigan 2024 Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards recognize the year’s most innovative and complex engineering achievements. …

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Ford International Airport Breaks Ground on $135M Terminal Enhancement Project

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority broke ground on its $135 million Terminal Enhancement Project (TEP) representing a significant investment in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

TEP will expand the west end of the terminal, aiming to increase capacity and incorporate sustainable elements to …

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C.A. Hull and Anlaan Corporation Team Up to Revamp Bridge Infrastructure on I-94 in Southern Michigan

Along Interstate 94 in Calhoun County, the joint venture team of Anlaan Corporation and C.A. Hull is currently in the middle of working on a project for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The team has gone to great lengths to minimize disruption to traffic in the project area, which …

I-94 Rebuilding Project in Berrien County Begins

COLOMA, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun rebuilding 8.5 miles of I-94 and four bridges, as well as repairing nine other bridges, between Puetz Road in Stevensville and Britain Avenue in Benton Township, Berrien County.

This year's work will consist of rebuilding eastbound and westbound I-94 …

Transportation Grant will Support Redevelopment Efforts at Site of Former Palace of Auburn Hills

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces the award of a state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant that will support critical redevelopment efforts at the site of the former Palace of Auburn Hills with the potential to create up to 963 new jobs and spark $278 …

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Detroit's Second Avenue Bridge Wins NSBA Prize Bridge Award

DETROIT, MI — The HDR-designed Second Avenue Bridge in Detroit, Michigan, has been named the 2024 Prize Bridge (Medium Span) by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA).

The Second Avenue Bridge over I-94 is the first unbraced, network tied-arch bridge constructed on …

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Four Construction Projects Win 2024 Build Michigan Awards from AGC of Michigan

EAST LANSING, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) announces the winners of the 2024 Build Michigan Awards, which recognize excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Four projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s Annual Meeting.

“The Build Michigan Awards …

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Michigan DOT Utilizes Digital Delivery to Reconstruct Interstate 696 in Detroit

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on a construction project on Interstate 696 (I-696), also known as the Walter P. Reuther Freeway. The 28-mile interstate highway is in the Detroit area, and the project is occurring in and around the Western terminus in Farmington Hills.

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NAPA Announces 2023 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2023 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their award during the association’s Annual Meeting …

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Michigan DOT Supports Gov. Whitmer for Authorizing the Final $700M of the Rebuilding Michigan Program

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to continue the successful Rebuilding Michigan program with $700 million more in investments in some of the state’s busiest roads and bridges, which she announced during the 2024 State of the State Address.

"Since my …

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Toebe Construction Reconstructs Corridor on Historic US-127 Outside of Lansing, Michigan

The North-South U.S. Route 127 (US-127) runs from Michigan to Tennessee, passing through Michigan’s state capital, Lansing, and connecting Northern and Central Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on a stretch of US-127 just south of Lansing, encompassing areas within both Ingham and Clinton counties.

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GLWA's Pump Station 1 Rehabilitation to Support Reliable Service in Metro Detroit

DETROIT, MI — To maintain aging infrastructure and minimize combined sewer overflows systemwide, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is implementing an array of rehabilitation measures at its Pump Station 1 (PS-1) raw sewage pumping station in Detroit. Located on the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) campus, the PS-1 project …

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Two Years of IIJA Investments Fuel Growth Across Michigan

In November 2021, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure. President Joe Biden’s administration proposed this legislation to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle …

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Large Renovation Projects will be Abundant in 2024

In past years, it was likely more difficult for companies to categorize renovation and repair projects as highly attractive. That may not be the case anymore. Public entities throughout the U.S. are designing extremely large renovation projects, and these upcoming projects will be attractive to firms of all types and …

Billions Committed to Grow the Economy, Create Jobs, and Enhance Shipping on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System

DETROIT, MI — The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) announces the release of an independent survey of public and private infrastructure investments to enhance marine shipping on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. These investments sustain 241,286 U.S. and Canadian jobs and help contribute to the …

Michigan DOT Receives USDOT Rural Transportation Grant for 2025 M-72/M-22 Project in Traverse City, Elmwood Township

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive a $14.4 million Rural Surface Transportation Grant under the Multimodal Discretionary Grants Program (MPDG) toward the planned 2025 rebuilding of M-72/M-22 in Traverse City and Elmwood Township.

"This project is …

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Michigan DOT, City of Detroit, and Electreon Unveil the Nation’s First Public EV-Charging Roadway at Michigan Central

DETROIT, MI — Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Brad Wieferich, and other partners celebrated a major milestone in the future of mobility and electrification at the Michigan Central innovation district in Detroit as crews have finished installing the nation’s first wireless-charging public roadway. …

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Michigan DOT Wraps Up Work on the $82M Interstate 496 Rebuilding Project

The $82 million Interstate 496 Rebuilding Project nearing completion in Lansing, Michigan, has met its benchmarks and drivers are enjoying the upgrades. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reported the long-term benefits include improvements to vehicle and pedestrian safety and operations.

I-496 in Lansing was originally completed in 1970. The …

I-69 Rebuilding Project in Eaton, Calhoun Counties Wraps Up

MARSHALL, MI — After three years of barrels, lane closures, and bridge detours, the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) three-year, $210 million investment to rebuild I-69 between Island Highway in Charlotte, Eaton County, and I-94 in Marshall, Calhoun County, has wrapped up.

Crews will be returning in 2024 to …

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Detroit Music Hall Unveils Plans for $122M Expansion

DETROIT, MI — Detroit Music Hall announces an expansion project designed by architects, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA). Conceived as a central, accessible hub for music programming, production, education, and connectivity, this $122 million project heralds a new era of cultural enrichment for downtown Detroit and the region.

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Michigan Governor Joins the Grand Opening of the Second Avenue Bridge Over I-94 in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined federal, state, and local officials on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit to celebrate the completion of the Second Avenue bridge over I-94. Officials on hand included Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Shailen Bhatt, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director …

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Pioneer-Barton Malow Joint Venture to Build Acrisure Amphitheater in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Pioneer-Barton Malow joint venture will lead construction on Acrisure Amphitheater, a 12,000-seat riverside outdoor concert and event venue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Schematic designs are being finalized by Progressive AE, the executive architect on the project.

The construction team, project partners, and …

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HGA and IDS Selected to Design MSU's New Engineering and Digital Innovation Center in East Lansing, Michigan

LANSING, MI — Interdisciplinary design firm HGA was selected to design Michigan State University’s (MSU) new Engineering and Digital Innovation Center in East Lansing, Michigan, with Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) as the architect-of-record. IDS is a fully integrated firm specializing in architecture, engineering, interiors, technology, energy, and sustainability.

The 270,000-square-foot …

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Wolverine Building Group Completes Construction of Custom-Designed Facility for Tooling Systems Group

WALKER, MI — Tooling Systems Group (TSG), an advanced manufacturing company, has recently completed the construction of a custom-designed facility in collaboration with Ada-based developer Honeycrisp Ventures. TSG's journey began with their commitment to the project in December 2022, and achieving occupancy of the 200,000-square-foot facility in October 2023, …

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Barton Malow Tackles Known and Hidden Challenges in Macomb Community College’s Skilled Trades and Advanced Technology Center Renovation

When Barton Malow Builders of Southfield, Michigan, began extensive renovations on the Skilled Trades and Advanced Technology Center on Macomb Community College’s (MCC) South Campus in Warren, Michigan, the project team knew that shoring throughout the building and 4,000 linear feet of new underground pipes required extensive planning and coordination. …

I-94 Expansion, Portage Road Interchange Project Reaches Substantial Completion

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to widen I-94 to six lanes from Lovers Lane to Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo County, as well as to rebuild the Portage Road interchange, has reached substantial completion, clearing the way to reopen all three eastbound and westbound I-94 lanes, …

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Four Detour Bridges from Acrow Installed to Maintain Traffic During I-94 Modernization Project in Michigan

DETROIT, MI — Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, announces it has designed and supplied four modular steel bridges to carry traffic during major highway construction in Michigan. Acrow’s structures were installed in Battle Creek to minimize inconvenience to travelers during the $160 million, multiyear I-94 Modernization …

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Wolverine Building Group Wins National Award for Sustainable Construction

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wolverine Building Group, a Michigan-based construction company, has received the 2023 Procore Excellence in Sustainability Groundbreaker Award, for the leadership showcased in construction of John Ball Zoo’s (JBZ) Pygmy Hippo Habitat.

The most ambitious sustainable construction project in the zoo’s history, the Pygmy Hippo Habitat …

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University of Michigan Builds First Geo-Exchange System to Support Carbon Neutrality Goals

Recognizing that co-locating two schools will offer greater opportunities for collaboration, the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor has undertaken construction of the $145 million Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building and its first ever geo-exchange system.

“This new facility presented an exciting opportunity to use and gain operational …

AECOM Joint Venture Awarded Contract with US Army Corps of Engineers to Improve Water Infrastructure Resiliency

CINCINNATI, OH — A joint venture between AECOM and Black & Veatch (AECOM-B&V Lakes and Rivers JV) has been selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide architectural and engineering services for infrastructure projects for the 17 states within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and …

FEMA Announces Nearly $3B Nationally and Over $176M Regionally in Funding Selections

DETROIT, MI — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, and Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu announce the project selections for nearly $3 billion in climate resilience funding as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The selections, …

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Ford Experience Center Wins Shaw Contract Design Award

DEARBORN, MI — The Ghafari-designed Edsel B. Ford II Experience Center won a Shaw Contract Design Award, which honors spaces that inspire new ways of working, learning, healing, and thriving. The Ford Experience Center was one of five projects recognized in the global awards program’s Best of USA category. …

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Macomb Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of Skilled Trades and Technology Center

WARREN, MI — Macomb Community College recently unveiled its reimagined Skilled Trades and Advanced Technology Center, transforming a 1968-era building into a 130,000-square-foot facility designed to foster educational and training experiences that replicate the synergies of today’s world of work. The center is home to programs that prepare students for …

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Flex Route to Help Traffic Flow on US 23 in Livingston County

U.S. 23 is a north-south highway running from Jacksonville, Florida, to the northernmost point in Michigan. In Livingston County, Michigan – about 50 miles west of Detroit – U.S. 23 is the only major north-south route and it's plagued with congestion. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the …

Governor and Michigan DOT Announces Loans to Repair and Improve Infrastructure in Ontonagon and Oakland Counties

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announce the award of $4 million in Michigan State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) loans that will repair and improve roads and sidewalks for local communities.

“Michigan State Infrastructure Bank loans are a vital tool to help local communities …

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Michigan Medicine Celebrates Construction Milestone for the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion

ANN ARBOR, MI — Michigan Medicine recently celebrated the topping out of the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion with the placement of the final structural beam on the 12-story hospital. The $920 million, 264-bed facility includes a neurosciences center, specialty services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, and …

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Michigan Governor Signs 'Make it in Michigan' Budget

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a bipartisan general government state budget for Fiscal Year 2024 to grow the economy, lower costs, deliver on kitchen-table issues, and help residents “Make it in Michigan.” The FY24 budget, when combined with the education budget previously signed by the governor, lowers …

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Barton Malow Builds $920M D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion for Michigan Medicine

Facing a growing demand for inpatient services, Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, is building the new $920 million D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion.

“The adult inpatient hospitals of Michigan Medicine have consistently experienced high demand for inpatient rooms and surgical suites,” says Linda Larin, MBA, FACHE, Chief …

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HED Receives National Recognition from ACEC for the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building Project

ROYAL OAK, MI — HED, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm, announces that it has been honored with a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the 56th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award recognizes HED for the …

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New Lock at the Soo Major Construction Continues

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Lock at the Soo project remains on schedule as major construction continues with phases 2 and 3 this season.

Joint ventures Kokosing-Alberici (Upstream Approach Walls, Phase 2), and Kokosing, Alberici, Traylor (New Lock, Phase 3) …

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Toebe Construction LLC Rebuilds I-69 Near Lapeer County for a Smoother Ride

Lapeer County is approximately one hour north of Detroit. Interstate 69 runs east-west through the county before heading south through the state capital and to the Indiana border. Other major roadways in the area include Michigan 24 and Michigan 53. The north-south routes run straight through Detroit. The Michigan Department …

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Construction Opportunities Abound for Health Care Facilities Throughout the US

Billions of dollars are available throughout the country for new health care facilities, and many of them will be designed to provide mental health services. The needs related to behavioral health are great in America, and the growing number of individuals waiting for services and support is escalating at alarming …

Winning Partnership Streamlines Historical Clearance for Local Road Projects

LANSING, MI –— Thanks to an innovative, collaborative partnership between county road agencies, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), county road projects this summer are moving forward more quickly while still preserving Michigan’s cultural and archeological heritage. Under the new process, spearheaded …

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Michigan Governor Announces First U.S.-Canada Electric Vehicle Corridor

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, and Mayor Mike Duggan in Detroit to announce the first Binational Electric Vehicle Corridor between the U.S. and Canada. The new electric vehicle (EV) corridor will stretch from …

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Wolverine Building Group, Robert Grooters Development Company Break Ground on Industrial Building in Gaines Township

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MI — Robert Grooters Development Company (RGDC) recently broke ground on a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot industrial building in Gaines Township. The new construction, slated to be completed in fall of 2023, is located close to M-6.

Plans for the building include multiple dock and grade level doors, Early …

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Granger Construction Updates Michigan State University Football Complex to Expand Amenities for All Student Athletes

Hoping to provide optimal facilities for students and entice potential students, Michigan State University (MSU) is updating and expanding its Football Complex.

“The main goal is to take care of the men and women student athletes and ensure they have the best facilities to use,” says Jason VanZee, Project Manager …

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Veteran Utility Contractor Upgrades Infrastructure in Historic Downtown Grand Rapids with Help from Efficiency Production Slide Rail System

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In recent years, infrastructure upgrades in urban cities have been ongoing across the country. This is true for Grand Rapids, Michigan — the second largest city in the state. Directly in the historic section of the downtown area, veteran contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. (K&R) has …

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Making Room for Future Development

In recent years, infrastructure upgrades in urban cities have been ongoing across the country. This is true for Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is the second largest city in the state. Directly in the historic section of the downtown area, veteran contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. (K&R) has been undertaking the …

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Michigan DOT’s I-275 Rebuild Project Shifts Into New Phase

In Michigan's Wayne County, the latest phase of construction on the extensive Interstate 275 Rebuilding Project is in full swing. The four-year, multiple-phase, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project, also known as “Revive 275”, began construction in July 2021. This $281 million road improvement undertaking – scheduled for completion in …

US-131 Rebuilding in Kalamazoo County Begins

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently began work to rebuild and repave 13.4 miles of US-131 from the Rocky River in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, to Shaver Road in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County. The two-year, $51 million investment will start this year at the Rocky River …

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Henry Ford Health Appoints Barton Malow, Turner, and Dixon Construction Services as Detroit Hospital Campus Building Team

DETROIT, MI — Henry Ford Health, an academic and integrated health system, has selected the architectural engineering and construction management firms it plans to use in the design and construction of its transformative one-million-square-foot-plus hospital campus expansion in Detroit. In total, three architectural engineering firms and three construction management firms …

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McLaren Greater Lansing Earns 2023 AGC Build Michigan Award

LANSING, MI — The McLaren Greater Lansing Replacement Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, has been named one of four Build Michigan Award winners, recognizing it as a top Michigan health care project. Built by a joint venture consisting of Barton Malow and The Christman Company, the nine-story, 562,000-square-foot, 240-bed hospital …

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Wade Trim Engineering and Surveying Projects Receive State ACEC Excellence Awards

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Two Wade Trim projects in Michigan were recently honored for excellence by the state chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). DTE Energy’s Traverse City-Alpena Reinforcement Project (TCARP) Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Survey received a Surveying Eminent Conceptor Award, and the City of Ann …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs I-196 in Ottawa County

The rebuilding of seven miles of highway on Interstate 196 in Ottawa County, Michigan, is scheduled for completion this fall.

“This project was selected based on its remaining years of service life for the existing pavement, as well as the pavement conditions, which required extensive repairs,” says Cole Shafer, …

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FHWA Announces $300M Investment in Bridge Projects Across the United States, $73M to Fund the Lafayette Avenue Bridge Project in Michigan

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently revealed plans to allocate nearly $300 million for nine small- and medium-sized bridge projects in both urban and rural areas. The grants, awarded in eight states and the District of Columbia, are part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Bridge …

Michigan State University Selects HED and CannonDesign as Architect/Engineer for its future Plant Science Facility

EAST LANSING, MI — Michigan State University (MSU) has selected the HED and CannonDesign team to design its future Plant Science Facility. The estimated 150,000-square-foot building will support world-leading plant scientists in boosting agricultural productivity and sustainability, improving plant responses to environmental challenges, and furthering regenerative farming practices.

“This is …

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SmithGroup's Design Concept for MSU Multicultural Center is Revealed

EAST LANSING, MI — Michigan State University (MSU) unveils the design concept for the university’s first free-standing multicultural center, located in the heart of campus and expected to break ground this spring. The new 34,000-square-foot center is designed by SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, to cultivate a culturally rich …

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Gordie Howe Bridge Takes a Major Step Forward

Significant progress has taken place in the past year on the new $5.7 billion (Canadian) Gordie Howe International Bridge, which aims to improve the movement of people and goods between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.

“The project – the bridge, the two new Ports of Entry and the Michigan Interchange, along …

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W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building Project Receives Build America Award from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

SmithGroup Selected to Design New Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has been selected to design the first children’s rehabilitation hospital in Michigan. The facility will be constructed on the Grand Rapids campus of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, internationally accredited rehabilitation system serving communities …

Michigan DOT Awarded Grant to Replace Vital Community Pedestrian Bridge over I-696

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive a $21.7 million award under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. The grant will provide funding to rebuild the Victoria Park Plaza Bridge along Church Street over I-696, which connects an Orthodox Jewish community …

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Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2023 PCI Design Awards Winners

DETROIT, MI — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announces the winners of the 2023 PCI Design Awards. Three panels of jurors honored 25 winners and eight honorable mentions for the specials, buildings, and transportation categories.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the PCI Design Awards program, which recognizes creative and …

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Stantec Designs a Digitally Enabled Environment to Transform Social and Academic Life at Kettering University

FLINT, MI — Stantec was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for the Learning Commons at Kettering University located in Flint, Michigan. The new Learning Commons complements the Kettering curriculum with a facility that is focused on collaboration, ideation, and digital technology.

The new 105,000-square-foot Learning Commons incorporates …

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Hoffman Bros. and Michigan DOT Partner to Improve M-43 in Ingham County

A $14.7 million project by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resurface a 3-mile stretch of M-43 and reduce flooding in this section of Ingham County.

“We undertook this project to improve pavement conditions along the M-43 corridor through Meridian Township,” says Aaron Jenkins, Spokesman for MDOT.

In …

NAPA Announces 2022 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

ADRIAN, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2022 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their award at a ceremony during the association’s …

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Construction Underway on KRESCampusA Career Connect

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency is launching a new stand-alone career and technical educational center to serve high school students and adult learners in western Michigan. Kalamazoo RESA, an intermediary school district, selected DLR Group and local architecture firm Wightman to design the Career Connect Campus. …

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New Lock at the Soo Project Reauthorized in WRDA 2022 at $3.219B

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District's New Lock at the Soo Project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has been reauthorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022. The project reauthorization amount is $3.219 billion.

An authorization sets how much money agencies …

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Joint Venture of Granite and Kraemer North America Rehab Bay City Bridges

A public-private partnership has revitalized Liberty Bridge in Bay City, Michigan, and it opened to traffic at the end of last year.

“This is a truly remarkable day for the city of Bay City,” said Bay City Mayor Kathleen L. Newsham at the grand opening of the bridge. She also …

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Better Accuracy and Efficiency

As GPS technology utilization continues to grow and evolve, the construction industry is reaping the benefits, including savings in time and expenses, optimized fleet management, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction. And it is not only the big contractors and large scale projects who are experiencing these benefits – smaller …

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WACO Aircraft Facility, Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Receive ALA Awards of Merit

BATTLE CREEK, MI — Two Ghafari projects were honored at the Association of Licensed Architects’ (ALA) 2022 Design Awards. The WACO Aircraft Corporation facility expansion and the Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant addition and remodel both received Merit awards at the ALA’s awards program.

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Belle Isle Multimodal Mobility Study to Develop Transportation and Circulation Improvements

DETROIT, MI — The historic Belle Isle Park, a 982-acre island located in the Detroit River, has realized increasing transportation network and parking demands due to a significant rise in visitors since it became a state park in 2014. To accommodate and enhance visitor access and travel throughout the park, …

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New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 Contractor Mobilizes

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kicks off Phase 3 construction for the New Lock at the Soo as the contractor mobilizes to the Soo Locks.

Kokosing Alberici Traylor, LLC (KAT), a joint venture headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, began moving major equipment to the site via …

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Michigan Started 1,252 Transportation Projects in Year-One of Infrastructure Law, New Report Shows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan leveraged $1.5 billion in federal highway and bridge formula funds in FY 2022 to help jumpstart 1,252 new improvement projects in communities across the state during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a review of U.S. Treasury Department data through September …

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Justice Facility Combines Multiple Services with Safety and Sustainability in Mind

A new approximately $95 million Downtown Justice Center in Kalamazoo County is moving closer to completion and will consolidate courts, prosecutors and criminal justice services under one roof.

“The county wanted everyone together,” says Jerry VanderVeen, with M.W. VanderVeen Project Management of Kalamazoo, owner’s representative for the justice facility …

Bridge Bundling Pilot Program Wraps up with St. Joseph Project Completion

LANSING, MI — The Nottawa Road bridge in St. Joseph County, under repair since late August, recently reopened to traffic as the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project reached its successful conclusion for the year.

The Nottawa Road bridge over the Prairie River, built in 1963, was …

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Michigan Governor Officially Reopens I-69 After Undertaking Historic Repairs

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined Congressman Dan Kildee, Senator Minority Leader Jim Ananich, and Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley to officially reopen all lanes of I-69 in each direction between Fenton Road and M-54 after construction crews completed work to fix the roads on this section of freeway. …

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Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). …

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Michigan Pilot Program Reduces Bridge Repair Backlog

For the first time in state history, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has embarked on a bridge bundling pilot project to improve conditions on 19 bridges owned by local agencies.

“It comes down to public safety and trust in the transportation system,” says Beckie Curtis, MDOT director of …

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Michigan Governor Celebrates Completion of US-31 Project

BENTON HARBOR, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Representative Fred Upton recently celebrated the completion of the US-31 project in Berrien County linking the highway to I-94. For decades, the project was stalled, but is now getting done because of the governor’s $3.5-billion Rebuilding Michigan Plan and funding secured by …

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Michigan Governor, USDOT Secretary, Local Leaders Celebrate Michigan Winning Funding for Historic I-375 Project

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and local Detroit leaders announce that Michigan won a $105-million competitive federal grant to fund the I-375 modernization project in Detroit. The project will replace the outdated I-375 freeway with an accessible boulevard, spurring economic development and …

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JJ Curran Crane Company Brings Lifting Expertise to the Pavilion at University of Michigan Health

A collaborative effort ensures the right cranes assist in building the new $920 million, 12-story patient tower, the Pavilion at University of Michigan Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Projects like this require a lot of planning,” says Mark Wade, Vice President of Operations for JJ Curran Crane Company of …

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USDOT Awards $104.6M INFRA Grant to I-375 Community Reconnection Project, Creating Better Economic Opportunity for Detroit Neighborhoods

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $1.5 billion in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects across the country. In the Michigan Contractor & Builder area, a $104.6 million INFRA grant was awarded to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the I-375 …

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240,000-Square-Foot Industrial Facility Breaks Ground in Southwest Michigan

PORTAGE, MI — Industrial Partners USA, is a joint venture between Clark Logic, of Portage, Michigan, and Great Lakes Capital, of South Bend, Indiana. They have been working together since 2019 to deliver Speculatory Industrial Development to the I-94 Corridor in the greater Kalamazoo Marketplace.

Completing their …

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McLaren Greater Lansing Replacement Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects

With recent market analysis showing that the design-build project delivery method will account for as much as 47 percent of construction spending by 2025, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeing significant growth and success in design-build projects across the country. One such design-build project, the McLaren Greater Lansing …

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Accelerated Construction and Complicated Bridge Move Minimize I-94 Impacts as Z Contractors Builds Michigan’s First Network Tied-Arch Bridge

For a week in July 2022, the only traffic on a stretch of Interstate 94 near Wayne State University in Detroit was a 2,500-ton bridge skeleton traveling on self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs).

General contractor Z Contractors, Inc., of Shelby Township, Michigan, built the new Second Avenue bridge skeleton in …

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates TowerPinkster’s Grand Haven Office

GRAND HAVEN, MI — TowerPinkster, a multidiscipline design firm, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Grand Haven, Michigan, office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More than 50 clients, employees, chamber members, and community leaders were on hand to celebrate the firm’s newest office, the fifth location for TowerPinkster.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $52M in Funding for Four Projects in Michigan

LANSING, MI — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $52 million to support four projects in Michigan from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

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Henrickson Architecture Breaks Ground on Harbor 31, a Muskegon Lakeshore Waterfront Mixed-Use Development

A project years in the making, the Harbor 31 (H31) lakeshore waterfront mixed-use development in Muskegon, Michigan, has recently begun construction. The $120-million environmentally-friendly development was a culmination of the collaborative efforts between the City of Muskegon, State Senator Jon Bumstead, and multiple local, regional, and state advocacy efforts.

A …

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Two Projects in Michigan Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with each …

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I-96 Rebuild in Kent County Brings Increased Life Span to Heavily Used Roadway

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been working on two projects in Kent County. In a statement, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, “These projects in Kent County will improve ride quality, reduce congestion, and extend the service life of this critical roadway.”

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Three Michigan Airports Receive Award to Improve Infrastructure

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announce three Michigan airports were awarded $63 million through U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Nearly $1 billion in grants will expand capacity at the nation’s airport terminals, increase …

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Governor Whitmer Tours Mound Road After Delivering $32M in Recent Bipartisan Budget to Fix and Expand Roadway

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently toured road repair work on Mound Road in Sterling Heights. As part of the governor’s fourth bipartisan and balanced budget, she secured $32 million for the Innovate Mound project, which is reconstructing the high-traffic road between I-696 and M-59 and adding a fourth …

New Lock at the Soo Phase 1 Construction Nears Completion

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — With only closeout items remaining, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District’s New Lock at the Soo substantially completes its first phase of construction.

“We are waiting on final survey results and anticipate they will show the deepened areas as complete, really only …

Mackinac Bridge Construction Worker Now has his Own Part of the Bridge

ST. IGNACE, MI — Jack R. Thompson, 93, of Alpena, has always been a part of the Mackinac Bridge since 1956 when he worked on a construction crew that built it. Now he has a part of the bridge with him as well.

Thompson, who received a piece of …

Michigan Governor Kicks Off Grand Opening of Michigan Regional Carpenters and Millwrights’ Training Center in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Whitmer joined labor leaders and local elected officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights' (MRCC) new training center in northwest Detroit. The 145,000-square-foot training center is home to classrooms, training areas, and some of the most advanced methods …

Corps of Engineers Awards $1.068B of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 Contract

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District anticipates Phase 3 construction will start this summer with the recent awarding of the $1.068-billion contract of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 project.

Kokosing Alberici Traylor, LLC (KAT), a joint venture headquartered in Westerville, …

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Barton Malow Builders Inks Construction Safety Partnership with MIOSHA at University of Michigan Pavilion

ANN ARBOR, MI — Barton Malow Builders has signed on to help the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) meet its mission to help protect the health and safety of workers on the University of Michigan Pavilion health care project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The partnership between MIOSHA, Barton …

Detroit Begins $70M 2022 Road Improvement Program to Resurface 66 Miles of Major and Residential Streets

DETROIT, MI — The City of Detroit has begun its 2022 road improvement and construction season with plans to complete $70 million in road resurfacing. This year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will repave 65 miles of major and residential roads. It also will build three new streetscapes along …

Michigan Governor Announces Herbison Road Bridge Fully Repaired in Clinton County Under Rebuilding Michigan Bridges Program

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces the reopening of the Herbison Road bridge over the Looking Glass River to traffic. This is the fourth, and largest, bridge repaired this year under the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Rebuilding Michigan Bridges program.

"The reopening of the Herbison Road bridge is …

Lt. Governor Gilchrist Tours Rebuilding Michigan Project in Lansing

LANSING, MI — Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II recently inspected the progress made on the I-69 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Lansing. This project is one of over 20 Rebuilding Michigan projects that invest a historic $3.5 billion into Michigan’s Infrastructure — without raising taxes.

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I-69 Rebuild Generates Much Needed Roadway Improvements Between Marshall and Charlotte Counties

Every motorist appreciates a smooth ride, particularly when a road had previously been in poor condition. However, the time when a road is under repair can be frustrating, as it often results in back-ups and or detours. Therefore, the quicker the road repair is completed, the happier motorists are. Completing …

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First Bridge in Michigan DOT Bundling Project Open to Traffic

LANSING, MI — The Bentley Street bridge over Farmers Creek in Lapeer recently opened, the first bridge to be repaired under the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project.

"We're very happy with the bridge," said Jeff Graham, Lapeer's Director of Public Works, whose office is …

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Barton Malow Breaks Ground on Waterford School District’s Early Childhood Education Center

WATERFORD, MI — Barton Malow Builders’ K12 group joined Waterford School District (WSD) officials, community members, and students to celebrate the groundbreaking of the district’s new Stepanski Early Childhood Center. The early childhood education development is the first new construction build in Waterford School District in 55 years.

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Three-Phase I-94 Rebuild Brings Multiple Benefits to Jackson County

Experiencing substantial increases in traffic on Interstate 94 in Jackson County, Michigan, since the highway opened in 1960, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of a three-phase reconstruction project.

“The current corridor is, in part, obsolete and in need of improvements with the goal to balance …

Link Opens New Satellite Suspension Controls Engineering Center in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Link Mfg., Ltd. has officially opened its new Suspension Controls Engineering Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location will help Link accommodate its recent growth in staffing, manufacturing capabilities, engineering, software development, and sales.

Link’s new 15,000-square-foot Suspension Controls Engineering Center will help focus a new …

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Michigan Governor Announces I-375 Modernization Project Advancing in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that the State of Michigan is moving forward with plans to replace the outdated I-375 freeway with an urban boulevard to spur economic development and provide easier access between adjacent areas of Detroit. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has concluded their environmental …

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MSU's STEM Teaching and Learning Facility Named Best Construction Project of 2021 by AGC

LANSING, MI — Michigan State University’s STEM Teaching and Learning Facility was the most significant construction project of 2021, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently announced. As a result, the project’s contractor, Granger Construction Company, received the association’s top prize, Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award, …

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Corps of Engineers Selects Enbridge Line 5 Tunnel Project EIS Contractor

MACKINAW CITY, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, expects the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for Enbridge Line 5’s tunnel permit application to begin soon following its selection of a contractor to prepare the EIS. The Detroit District, responsible for the tunnel project permit request …

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Bacco Construction Partners with Michigan DOT to Reconstruct US 41

Located on the Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the city of Houghton borders the Portage Canal. The city of approximately 8,500 people is the largest in the Keweenaw and home to Michigan Technological University (MTU). The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 41 …

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Michigan DOT Bridge Bundling Pilot Projects Starting

LANSING, MI — A Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) initiative to bundle bridge projects together to make them more cost-effective is getting underway.

A pilot project, the first of its kind in Michigan, encompasses 19 bridges owned by local agencies. MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under …

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Michigan Governor Announces I-96 Flex Route Project to Begin in Oakland County

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that work will begin to rebuild eastbound and westbound I-96 between Kent Lake Road and the I-275/M-5/I-696 interchange in Oakland County, as part of her Rebuilding Michigan program. When completed, this portion of I-96 will become the latest flex route in the state, …

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Multinational Coordination Moves the Gordie Howe International Bridge Another Step Forward

The busiest commercial land crossing between the United States and Canada will soon have a second bridge – the Gordie Howe International Bridge – named after a popular Canadian hockey star who played in Detroit.

“This is a once in a generation project,” says Grant Hilbers, Vice President of …

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Pulse Flow Reverse Osmosis Offers Higher Water Recovery and Lower Brine Reject

As droughts and growing population affect water security around the globe, desalination becomes an increasingly important option. In communities searching for sustainable, long-term solutions, new technology can increase the efficiency of water treatment efforts.

Initially developed in the late 1950s, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination evolved into the leading desalination process. …

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Corps of Engineers Receiving $561M from Infrastructure Bill for Michigan, Great Lakes

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District is receiving $561 million in fiscal year 2022 of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (DRSAA) funds for work in Michigan and on the Great Lakes.

“The IIJA funding is for major …

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Michigan Governor's Investments in West Michigan to Bring Jobs, Housing, Economic Growth to Downtown Grand Rapids, Hastings

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce three revitalization projects in West Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The projects are expected to generate a total capital investment of $35.9 million, bringing new economic activity to downtown corridors …

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Gilbane Selected by Eastern Michigan University for $200M Partnership

YPSILANTI, MI — Gilbane announces that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has selected Gilbane Development Company to lead a three-year, $200-million campus housing initiative at the state’s second oldest public university. EMU’s “Welcome Home 2025 Plan” will completely transform existing on-campus student housing and create new housing. EMU and Gilbane Development …

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Anlaan Construction Partners with Michigan DOT to Improve Multiple Bridges in Grand Haven

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Grand Haven, Michigan is a popular tourist destination. The Grand Haven area is known for its sandy beaches, retail-lined boardwalk, and the Rosy Mound Natural Area. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 31 and M-104 …

NAPA Announces 2021 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

GREENBELT, MD — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2021 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards during NAPA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, …

Michigan Governor Announces Biggest Ever Investment in Michigan’s Bridges

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that the state of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair, or replace bridges. This is the biggest ever investment in Michigan’s bridges, made possible by passage of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Federal Highway Administration …

Michigan Governor Announces First-in-the-U.S. Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Road System Contract Awarded by Michigan DOT

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces the award of a contract to build a first-in-the-U.S. public wireless in-road charging system allowing electric vehicles (EV) to charge while in motion and stationary. Electreon was selected to build an electric road system (ERS) in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle …

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Oakland Community College Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for Science + Technology Building

AUBURN HILLS, MI — Oakland Community College (OCC) faculty and staff and Barton Malow team members recently convened to celebrate the completion of the college’s Science + Technology Building at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Auburn Hills, Michigan, campus.

Barton Malow managed construction services on the building that features computer …

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Michigan DOT Gives New Life to US 2 in Bessemer

U.S. Highway 2 is an east-west route that runs along the northern United States. One of the towns U.S. 2 goes through is Bessemer, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and just a few miles east of the Wisconsin state border. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

ALPENA, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action on …

Michigan Governor Announces Funding to Fix Roads and Support 729 Jobs in Berrien and Wayne Counties

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have awarded two state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grants that will support a total of 729 new and existing jobs in Berrien and Wayne Counties. The grants will help fund infrastructure improvements related to an expansion …

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Stellantis Mack Avenue Paint Shop Earns LEED Silver Certification

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Stellantis Mack Avenue Paint Shop a silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

For a building to achieve LEED silver certification, it must earn between 50 and 59 points across various design and construction categories that …

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Proactive Approach Helps Michigan Communities Secure Funding to Replace Lead Water Service Lines

KINGSLEY, MI — With lead-contaminated drinking water making national headlines, older communities are struggling to determine the extent of lead pipes in their water systems and secure funding to address them. Use of lead pipe and joints in water systems ended in the 1950s, but records often lack detail about …

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TowerPinkster Projects Earn Top AIA Design Awards

PLAINWELL, MI — TowerPinkster announces that two of the company's projects have received 2021 design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Southwest Michigan chapter. Projects were juried by a selection of peers from the AIA’s Central Idaho chapter.

Ransom Public Library, Honor Award Winner
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FHWA Selects Stantec-Led Joint Venture for Construction Management and Inspection Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) has selected the Stantec-Volkert-JMT Joint Venture to lead a five-year, $80-million shared capacity task order contract for construction management and inspection services. In this role, the team will support EFLHD in administering …

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Michigan DOT Updates US 41/M-28 in Marquette Township

Situated in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan off Lake Superior, Marquette Township is the largest of the townships – by population – located in the area. Marquette Township is also home to multiple retail centers that draw customers from all over the area. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently …

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City of Kalamazoo, City of Battle Creek Water Projects Receive Project of the Year Award from MI APWA

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Jones & Henry Engineers earned 2021 Project of the Year awards in two categories for projects with the City of Kalamazoo and the City of Battle Creek by the American Public Works Association, Michigan Chapter. The Annual APWA Great Lakes Expo event, along with the …

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Michigan DOT Relocates US 31 in Berrien County

Aiming to provide easier travel in the southwest portion of the state, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has undertaken the U.S. 31 Relocation project to connect with Interstate 94.

“About 39 million tons of commodities move between Indiana and Michigan on I-94 and U.S. 31,” says Kenton McAndrew, …

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AECOM, Cavnue Announce Partnership to Deliver Connected and Automated Vehicle Corridor in Michigan

LANSING, MI — AECOM announces its partnership with Cavnue to deliver a Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Corridor in Southeast Michigan. AECOM will provide engineering planning and design services beginning with a CAV lane project in Michigan and expanding to other locations across North America. The partnership will also deliver …

STC Adopts Final Five-Year Transportation Program and State Long-Range Transportation Plan

LANSING, MI — The State Transportation Commission (STC) adopted the final versions of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) 2022-2026 Five-Year Transportation Program (5YTP) and the Michigan Mobility 2045 Plan (MM2045), also known as the State Long-Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP). Throughout the development of the documents, MDOT incorporated public …

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Michigan Governor Announces Initiative for Nation-Leading Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure in Michigan

PONTIAC, MI — While participating in the opening ceremony at Motor Bella, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new initiative to develop the nation’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road in the U.S. right here in Michigan. The development of a wireless dynamic charging roadway in Michigan is a …

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Michigan DOT Rebuilds I-69 Between Calhoun and Eaton Counties

A stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan's Calhoun and Eaton Counties, southwest of Lansing, has been in rough condition for some time. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projected the costly repair would be an eight- to 10-year project. Rebuilding the road was put off until now.

The most direct …

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Michigan DOT Gives Update on US-31 Connection and I-94 Rebuilding Project in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently gave an update on the three-year, $121.5-million investment to rebuild I-94 Business Loop (BL) (Main Street), connect US-31 to I-94, and rebuild I-94 between Britain Avenue and I-196 in Benton Township, Berrien County.

Work this year has included rebuilding …

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HED Breaks Ground on Children’s Treatment Center in Michigan

FLINT, MI — The Genesee Health System and the Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities Inc. have just broken ground on a new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services building in Flint. The new mental and physical health treatment center will bring all of its children's programs under one roof. That …

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Treystar Announces Haymarket Plaza Opening and Dedication

KALAMAZOO, MI — Treystar announces the opening and dedication ceremony of downtown Kalamazoo’s newest outdoor space to enjoy community, arts, music, and social interactions: Haymarket Plaza.

Driven by the belief that downtown commercial spaces create opportunities for community and business, Kalamazoo-based Treystar partnered with Catalyst Development and the City of …

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Delta College Cuts the Ribbon on New School

MIDLAND, MI — Spence Brothers recently celebrated with Delta College as they cut the ribbon at the new Delta College Midland Center. The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), the University of Michigan (UM), and Delta College (Delta) collaborated to develop an interdisciplinary innovation and education hub, dubbed the Delta Midland Center, …

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North Central Michigan College Celebrates Opening of New Borra Learning Center

PETOSKEY, MI — North Central Michigan College recently celebrated its new $7.4-million Borra Learning Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Formerly known as the Administration/Classroom Building, the Borra Learning Center has been extensively renovated and features seven new high-tech classrooms and a new 3,000-square-foot Student Commons, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs M-37 in Barry and Kent Counties

One of the challenges states face when it comes to growing and maintaining their infrastructure is financial uncertainty. The Rebuilding Michigan program, which runs from 2020-2024, is being financed in part through the issuance of bonds and offers more certainty. The objective of the program is to rebuild the state’s …

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NIX Contracting Realizes Impressive ROI with Help from Trimble Technology

For over two decades, Fenton, Michigan-based NIX Contracting has been a provider of excavation and demolition services for the commercial and residential markets. They also have a 24-hour emergency service hotline to assist with underground utility work. Founded in 2000 by then 20-year-old Nick Stilson, the company has gone …

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Superior Materials Embraces Sustainability

With wildfires out West and extreme tropical systems in the East, climate change has moved to the front of people’s minds, and many are embracing more environmentally friendly practices, including sustainable concrete available from Superior Materials in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

“We try to be as environmentally conscious as we can,” …

Michigan Battle of the Buildings Announces 2020 Awardees

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan Battle of the Buildings announces the awardees for 2020. Commercial Building Owners and Managers have had to balance changes in energy, water, health, and safety measures since the onset of the pandemic. This year, the Michigan Battle of the Buildings recognizes six local organizations who …

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Michigan DOT Gives Update on I-69 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Eaton and Calhoun Counties

CHARLOTTE, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation recently gave an update on the three-year Rebuilding Michigan project to rebuild 25 miles of I-69 in Calhoun and Eaton counties.

Work this year includes rebuilding northbound and southbound I-69 from Ainger Road in Olivet to Island Highway in Charlotte, Eaton County. …

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DTE, Ford Central Energy Plant Named Union Project of the Year

DETROIT, MI — As a testament to the efforts by union trades and collaboratation on site, the Ford Central Energy Plant is the Joseph R. La Rocca Union Project of the Year.

The national award is presented annually by The Association of Union Constructors. It recognizes outstanding work under …

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New GRPS School Earns LEED Certification, Helps with Community Needs

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A focus on community input and sustainability drove the design and construction of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ (GRPS) new Southwest Community Campus, a project that will allow many bilingual students to stay in the GRPS district through middle and high school.

The project is at the …

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Grand Rapids Airport Breaks Ground on $7.7M Operations Center

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport broke ground on a new $7.7-million operations center that will streamline and improve efficiencies for day-to-day management. Pioneer Construction is serving as the project general contractor with DLZ serving as architect.

The new facility will consolidate key teams such as …

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Michigan Governor Announces Historic $150M Investment in Local Parks and Trails

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a historic investment in community parks and recreation facilities, proposing $150 million in federal relief dollars from President Biden's American Rescue Plan be dedicated to addressing critical needs in local park systems. This investment will create good-paying, blue collar jobs across the state. …

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Michigan DOT Partners with J&N Construction and DJ McQuestion and Sons to Rebuild US 31

Located in northern Michigan, just off Lake Michigan, is Charlevoix County. The area draws droves of tourists in the summertime. Tourists, commuters, and commercial traffic alike use U.S. 31 to get to and from Charlevoix County. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of a project along …

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Michigan Governor Visits I-75/M-46 Project in Saginaw and M-185 Project on Mackinac Island

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited the I-75/M-46 construction project in Saginaw and the M-185 construction project on Mackinac Island.

At the I-75/M-46 project, Whitmer discussed her Rebuilding Michigan plan to rebuild state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. …

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Michigan DOT Rebuilds Southbound I-196

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of the southbound I-196 Rebuilding and Improvements project. Located in southwest Michigan just inland off of Lake Michigan, this project is one that commuters have been waiting to see happen for some time.

In 2012, the northbound side of I-196 …

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Michigan Governor Visits Three Rebuilding Michigan Construction Sites

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited three Rebuilding Michigan projects: the M-59 Hall Road project in Clinton Township, the US-131/M-179 Interchange project in Wayland Township, and the US-127 project in Clare.

M-59 Hall Road Project
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McLaren Modernizes Northern Medical Campus with $158M Expansion

Patients in Northern Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula communities will soon have an updated hospital able to provide quality care with the latest technologies at McLaren Northern Michigan, in Petoskey, as phase one of a $158 million addition and renovation project nears completion.

“Our goal is to further enhance the …

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Gov. Whitmer Reviews Progress of I-196 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Allegan County

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently traveled the I-196 construction project in Allegan County to discuss her Rebuilding Michigan plan to rebuild state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic.

"We are rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges to keep our families …

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Christman-Brinker Joint Venture Partners with Ford Motor Co. to Reimagine the Michigan Central Station

The Ford Motor Co. has launched a multimillion restoration of the Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown area to its former magnificence and will use it as a base for its automated vehicles and other high-tech mobility developments, bringing old and new Detroit together in an exciting project.

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EPA Announces $18M Loan to Support Affordability and Essential Water Infrastructure Upgrades in Wayne County, Michigan

WAYNE COUNTY, MI — At a virtual event with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, and local elected and administrative officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced an $18-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to …

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Top Commercial Construction Projects in Michigan Honored by AGC

LANSING, MI — The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan announces the winners of the 2021 Build Michigan Awards, recognizing excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Five projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s virtual Annual Meeting.

“The Build Michigan Awards represent the most …

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Two Roncelli Projects Reach LEED Status

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Construction services company, Roncelli, Inc., announces that two projects received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The two projects were Beacon Park and the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Berry Administration Building.

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University of Michigan Expands W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building

The W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is receiving a $140 million addition and renovation – the first since its construction 50 years ago – so it can continue teaching dental students, serving patients from around Michigan and conducting research advancing the …

NAPA Announces Michigan Project as 2020 Larry H. Lemon Award Winner

GLADSTONE, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2020 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards during NAPA’s virtual Annual Meeting.

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Michigan’s Top Engineering and Surveying Projects Recognized at ACEC/M Excellence Awards Gala

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards Gala. Design professionals and guests gathered virtually to recognize Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as …

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Henry Ford Cancer Institute Opens New Pavilion in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — SmithGroup recently celebrated the opening of the new Henry Ford Cancer Institute pavilion, connected by skywalk to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The 187,000-square-foot, $155-million cancer pavilion has welcomed its first patients.

The new pavilion is a global destination for integrated cancer care, and the anchor …

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Western Michigan University Expands Aviation Center

With the need for pilots growing, Western Michigan University’s (WMU) aviation program has experienced growth, but the existing facilities needed updating. Therefore, the College of Aviation has embarked on a $20 million renovation and addition.

“The primary purpose of the project is to generate additional space at the WMU College …

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Imlay City High School Performing Arts Center Breaks Ground

IMLAY CITY, MI — The Imlay City Community Schools Board of Education, district administrators, students, and construction professionals recently gathered at the south end of Imlay City High School to officially mark the groundbreaking of the district’s forthcoming Performing Arts Center.

The $14.2-million, 500-seat Performing Arts Center — which was …

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Last Segment of I-75 Modernization Moves Forward

In the final segment of the 18-mile-long I-75 Modernization project in Oakland County, Michigan, crews are not only widening the highway, but also placing a drainage system using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Eliza.

“We are proud to be able to work together with Michigan DOT to improve safety …

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USGBC Detroit Region Announces Recipients of the Green Building Leadership Awards

DETROIT, MI — The USGBC Detroit Region community announces the winners of this year’s leadership awards, which recognize individuals who have made outstanding commitments to their local community and projects located in the state of Michigan with outstanding achievement in the realm of green building design and construction.

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2020 Michigan DOT Projects Put Focus on Safety

LANSING, MI — Using targeted technology as well as low-cost, system-wide improvements, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across the Upper Peninsula in 2020 have been designed to make roads safer.

MDOT safety projects are part of a larger effort to help move the state Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). MDOT's …

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JJ Curran Crane Company Lifts New Cambria Hotel Rooms Into Place

As a gigantic crane from JJ Curran Crane Company lifts each modular unit into place, the $50 million Cambria hotel in Detroit’s central business district moves closer to completion.

“It’s a great type of construction,” says Michael Firsten, Superintendent with the Means Group of Detroit, part of the lodging’s …

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Governor Whitmer Visits I-96 and 196 Interchange Rebuild Project in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the newly completed interchange of three routes on the east side of Grand Rapids. The I-196, I-96, and M-44 rebuild was built to last 50 years or longer, taking away the need to disrupt thousands of travelers with frequent construction.

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Governor Whitmer Visits the Rebuilding Michigan I-496 Improvement Project in Lansing

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited I-496 in Lansing to see the nearly completed construction of the first project in her Rebuilding Michigan plan.

“Every Michigander deserves to drive to work and drop their kids at school without popping a tire or cracking a windshield. This transformation, made …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs US 31 and I-94 in Berrien County

Many construction projects are proposed but never move forward or are delayed. There are a host of reasons why projects may suffer this fate though money – or lack thereof – is often the issue. Even so, the U.S. 31 reconstruction in Berrien County, Michigan, has been a long time …

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M-30 Reopens Over the Tittabawassee River to Local Traffic in Edenville

EDENVILLE, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently reopened M-30 over the Tittabawassee River in Edenville following the completion of two federally funded emergency contracts to repair extensive damage. A video news release has been posted on MDOT's YouTube channel featuring the repaired crossing, along with comments by …

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Michigan DOT Improves M-28 Near Munising

A $15.5 million reconstruction of a major route in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula combines utility work, rehabilitation of the road, streetscapes and a roundabout to improve traffic flow and safety for the motoring public on M-28.

“This started as a resurfacing project, but in meeting with local officials, they expressed a …

Governor Whitmer Announces Historic $500M Investment to Rebuild Michigan’s Water Infrastructure

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with bipartisan and bicameral partners, announces MI Clean Water, a $500-million comprehensive water infrastructure investment in Michigan's water systems from source to tap. The MI Clean Water plan marks a significant investment after decades of under-investment in Michigan's infrastructure.

“Since the first day …

Michigan DOT Receives Federal $15.6M Grant for Safety Improvements Along Rail Corridor

LANSING, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awards a $15.6-million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for trespass prevention and pedestrian safety enhancements along the Michigan Line accelerated rail corridor.

The grant will allow MDOT …

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Enprotech Industrial Technologies Expands Manufacturing Operations

LANSING, MI — Enprotech Industrial Technologies (EIT) will complete an expansion project at its facility in Lansing, Michigan. The expanded facility will add 43,500 square feet of manufacturing space to the existing 35,000-square-foot building, more than doubling the size of the Industrial Parkway operations.

This project is the largest capital …

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Work Progresses on Iconic Gordie Howe International Bridge

Collaboration between nations has led to the construction of the multibillion Gordie Howe International Bridge, an iconic cable-stay structure connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

“Windsor-Detroit is the busiest commercial land crossing in North America,” says Mark Butler, Director of Communication with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) in Windsor, a …

USGBC Detroit Region Announces Winners of the Inaugural Student Design Competition

DETROIT, MI — To encourage Michigan students to become familiar with the LEED rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Detroit Region community launched the 2019–2020 Student Design Competition in August 2019. Students had to be enrolled in a Michigan higher education institution during the time frame of the …

Sale Closes for First $800M in Rebuilding Michigan Bonds

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently closed on an $800-million bond issue that marks the first installment in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5-billion Rebuilding Michigan program.

The bonds will cover the cost of rebuilding some of Michigan’s most highly traveled freeways, including a $60-million project in progress …

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Treystar and Catalyst Development Announce Haymarket Plaza Project in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Driven by the belief that downtown commercial spaces create opportunities for community and business, Kalamazoo-based Treystar, with its partners Catalyst Development and the City of Kalamazoo, is creating the Haymarket Plaza. Running along the north side of East Michigan Avenue, between the Main Street East buildings …

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Rebuilding Michigan: I-496 Improvement Project in Lansing Continues

LANSING, MI — The first project in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program continues near Lansing. Now that reconstruction on the eastbound side of I-496 has been completed, crews are clearing old, deteriorating pavement on westbound I-496 in Eaton County so a new freeway can take shape. The Michigan Department …

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Michigan DOT Updates 50-Year-Old I-496 with Pave the Way Project

Commuters typically welcome infrastructure projects as they make their travels safer and faster. However, the work needed to complete an infrastructure upgrade normally inconveniences commuters. When the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) structured the Pave the Way project, minimizing inconvenience was a major consideration on how the work was scheduled. …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Grants to Villages and Small Cities for Road Repair

LANSING, MI — Twenty-three villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants awarded through the Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program. Established by the state Legislature in 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the CSIF is a stop-gap …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

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Veoneer Wins AIA Michigan SMACNA Sheet Metal Award

SOUTHFIELD, MI — HED announces that the Veoneer North American Technical Competence Center (NATCC) in Southfield, Michigan, has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Michigan SMACNA Sheet Metal Award. This award recognizes design excellence through climate control/system design, fabrication of duct work, metal architectural roofing, and ornamental metal.

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Michigan DOT Relocates US 2 Away from Shoreline for Improved Safety

After being alerted by a State Police Trooper that something strange seemed to be happening with U.S. 2 near the town of Epoufette about nine years ago, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) decided to move the road farther away from the Lake Michigan shoreline.

“Not having any major issues …

CII and MIMOSA Join Forces to Move Interoperability Forward for Capital Projects

AUSTIN, TX — CII and MIMOSA announce their collaboration to adopt and progress the standards for an open, vendor neutral digital ecosystem supporting data and systems interoperability in capital projects, operations, and maintenance enabling digital transformation of the full asset lifecycle.

The MOU establishes the basis for a CII/MIMOSA Joint …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grant that will Support 4,950 New Jobs in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state transportation economic development grant to the City of Detroit that will support 4,950 new jobs on the city's east side. The grant will help fund infrastructure improvements related to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) new and expanded …

USDOT Awards $5.5M to Michigan’s Intelligent Woodward Corridor Project in Downtown Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awards a $5.5-million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation for its Intelligent Woodward Corridor Project. The ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $43.3 million to 10 …

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Detroit Announces Plans to Resurface 93 Miles of Roads in 2020 Using New Safe Work Protocols

DETROIT, MI — The City of Detroit has begun its first road improvement program in the era of COVID-19, with plans to repave 93 miles of major roads and residential side streets, all under strict work safety rules announced by Mayor Mike Duggan.

This year, city workers and contracted work …

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First Year of West Michigan’s ACE Mentor Program Starts Labor Pipeline and Leadership Incubator

“Finding skilled workers is proving to be more difficult every day,” said Mike Verhulst, Vice President of Rockford Construction in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The ongoing shortage of skilled workers poses a significant risk to future economic growth, so a great way to address that concern is to place young …

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$37.4M Needed Currently for Great Lakes Road Restoration Work

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association of Michigan recently released estimated damage figures to county road infrastructure caused by high water levels on the Great Lakes. CRA compiled the data after surveying the 41 county road agencies with Great Lakes shoreline. County road agencies are responsible for 75 percent …

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MITA Leads Grassroots Initiative to Fix Michigan’s Deteriorating Infrastructure

America’s multifaceted infrastructure network encompasses everything from roads, bridges, and dams to water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. These and other assets are foundational to supporting healthy communities and economic prosperity, which is why it is essential to properly maintain and improve these vital systems.

This goal is paramount in a …

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Michigan’s Top Commercial Construction Projects Honored

PLYMOUTH, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) announces the winners of the 2020 Build Michigan Awards, recognizing excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Six projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s Annual Meeting in Plymouth.

“The Build Michigan Awards …

1970s Detroit Building Undergoes Revitalization Into Downtown Complex

DETROIT, MI — Updates to City Club Apartments Lafayette Park designed by McIntosh Poris Associates will create the illusion of an 18-story tree growing in Downtown Detroit. The 1974 multifamily residential building modernization will include 202 reconfigured apartment units and a façade enhanced by abstracted tree imagery.

The renovation entails …

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MDOT Receives $1M Innovation Grant for Second Avenue Bridge Project in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that they have awarded the State of Michigan a $1-million Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) grant for the ongoing replacement of the Second Avenue overpass above I-94 in Detroit. Over the next 18 months, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) …

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E3M Solutions, Catalyst Partners Receive Awards at USGBC West Michigan Annual Party

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) presents E3M Solutions with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award and Catalyst Partners with the 2019 Outstanding Green Building Award for the 502 Second Street project.

Volunteer of the Year Award: E3M Solutions
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A.Z. SHMINA Completes University of Michigan Medical Simulation Center

ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan and A.Z. SHMINA have officially opened a second Clinical Simulation Center location, more than doubling the number of physicians, nurses and students who will be able to practice their skills in the new learning environment. The 7,500-square-foot space, located in Med Sci …

Governor Whitmer Announces Administrative Action to Fix Roads

LANSING, MI — Governor Whitmer recently delivered her second State of the State address to the Michigan Legislature, where she announced a series of administrative actions. In her speech, the governor announced plans to ask the State Transportation Commission to issue state road bonds, financed without an increase at the …

Mackinac Bridge Painting Project Wins Second Award

ST. IGNACE, MI — The Mackinac Bridge tower painting project, now entering its fourth and final year, has won a second national award.

Representatives of Seaway Painting of Livonia, the contractor performing the work on the bridge, accepted the E. Crone Knoy Award this week from the Society for …

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Highest Structural Beam Placed on Fiat Chrysler’s New Detroit Plant

DETROIT, MI — The Ghafari Associates project team recently celebrated the topping off of the paint shop building on the site of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) first new assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan, in nearly three decades. The top-most steel beam of 299 was put in place with a Christmas …

EPA Region 5 Honors Chevy Commons Redevelopment

FLINT, MI — The conversion of a 70-acre, former Chevrolet plant site in Flint, Michigan, from a brownfield zone into a destination urban open space has been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5 with a Brownfields Recognition Award. The EPA recognized the project, the Genesee County Land …

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grants

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding state transportation economic development grants in Wayne County, Detroit and Calhoun County.

Wayne County Grant – Ford Research and Engineering Center
This grant will support more than 11,000 existing jobs in Wayne County. It will go toward infrastructure improvements …
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Gilbane Development Company Selected as Developer of Western Michigan University’s Hilltop Village Project

PROVIDENCE, RI — Gilbane Development Company, the real estate development, financing, ownership and management arm of Gilbane Inc., has been selected by Western Michigan University (WMU) with the intent in the next six months to enter into a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain some …

Stantec’s Water System Improvements in Burton, Michigan Win EPA’s AQUARIUS Recognition Program

BURTON, MI — Stantec’s Water System Improvement Project for the City of Burton, Michigan, has been awarded the honor of Recognized Project by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AQUARIUS Recognition Program.

The program honors outstanding achievements in innovation, sustainability and public-health protection for projects funded by the EPA’s Drinking …

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Roundabouts Open at US-41/M-28 Marquette Township Project

LANSING, MI — The winter traffic configuration for the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) US-41/M-28 reconstruction and roundabouts project in Marquette Township has begun. Both lanes of the new roundabouts at Brickyard Road and Marquette County Road 492 have recently opened.

The project is suspended for the winter when …

Local Road Agencies Benefit from New Statewide Wetland Mitigation Program

LANSING, MI — What does a five-mile road project in Washtenaw County have in common with a cedar swamp and a Lake Superior-ravaged road at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula? The answer is a new statewide collaboration among local road agencies to mitigate wetland impacts resulting from road projects. …

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Ojibwa Casino Expansion Expected to Open in December

MARQUETTE, MI — The $34-million Marquette Ojibwa Casino expansion project, being constructed by Gundlach Champion, is on-schedule to open its doors before 2020, officials say.

“The project is moving along very well, and we are actually slated to open most of the new facility in December of this year. …

State Transportation Economic Development Grant to Improve I-496/Creyts Road Interchange

EATON COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state transportation economic development fund grant that will support 297 new jobs in Eaton County. The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant totaling $502,443 will help leverage nearly $115 million in private investment.

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Mumble Strips are the New Rumble Strips in Macomb County

LANSING, MI — Residents of Macomb County have not heard the latest “mumbling” on their county roads because the quieter sinusoidal rumble strips — a.k.a. mumble strips — are taking the place of traditional rumble strips technology.

Rumble strips on the edge and centerlines of roads and highways have been …

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HED Completes Design for Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital

ROYAL OAK, MI — HED, a national integrated design and engineering firm, announces the completion of the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, in Royal Oak, Michigan, in the Detroit metro area. The firm led the architecture, engineering and interior design for the 14,000-square-foot hospital …

USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

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Mackinac Bridge Painting Project Earns Engineering Award

LANSING, MI — Industrial painting requires advanced equipment, from removal and collection to providing working conditions safe from wind and rain. Add that to the challenge of performing that work on the 552-foot towers of the Mackinac Bridge, and some creative engineering is required. The movable scaffold system designed by …

Michigan County Road Investment Plan Concludes $2B Additional Investment Needed for Roads, Bridges

LANSING, MI — More than three decades have passed since the last state-sponsored Highway Needs Study was completed on Michigan’s total road and bridge network. Taking up responsibility for aggregating the investment needed and creating the vision to restore the county road infrastructure, the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Grants to Villages, Small Cities for Road Repair

LANSING, MI — Twenty-three villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants through a second round of funding awarded through the new Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program. Established by the state Legislature in December 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department …

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FRA Announces More Than $326M in Grants to Support Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announces the recipients of more than $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program, for a variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. …

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I-75 Road and Bridge Repairs Begin in Northern Oakland County


PONTIAC, MI — Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract crews recently started a bridge and road repair project in northern Oakland County. Initial work will focus on the section between Baldwin Road and M-24 (Lapeer Road). Two lanes will be open on northbound and southbound I-75 during peak travel times. …

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HNTB Celebrates Projects Recognized at ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala

KANSAS CITY, MO — HNTB Corporation recently joined clients and partners in celebrating project collaborations, coast to coast, that earned recognition at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The winning projects reflect outstanding engineering achievement and are delivering mobility benefits that strengthen …

Modjeski and Masters Awarded Five Michigan-Based Projects

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Modjeski and Masters, which designs, inspects, and rehabilitates bridges, including long-span and movable structures, announces its recent selection for five projects in Michigan, including four projects with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Modjeski and Masters was selected by MDOT for two bridge rehabilitation projects, one …

US-131 Reconstruction Begins in Three Rivers

THREE RIVERS, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun reconstructing 2.3 miles of US-131 between William R. Monroe Boulevard and Hoffman Road in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County. The two-year, $20-million project includes new intersections at M-60 and Hoffman Road, construction of a boulevard, bridge repairs over …

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Tubelite Completes Facility Expansion in Walker, Michigan

WALKER, MI — Tubelite Inc., a distributor of architectural aluminum products, has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Michigan. This location includes the company's corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and …

Two Major Michigan DOT Projects Begin in Grand Rapids

LANSING, MI — The 2019 construction season is in full swing in the Grand Rapids area with two major Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects recently beginning.
"These two significant projects will greatly improve the system as west Michigan continues to grow," said MDOT Grand Region Engineer Erick Kind. …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grants

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded two state transportation economic development fund grants that will support 66 new jobs in the city of Beaverton and 62 new jobs in the city of Coldwater. The Beaverton grant totaling $484,956 will leverage more than $17 million in …

USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and …