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Norwalk Concrete Industries

Builders Exchange of Michigan: What's the first thing you do each morning when you begin work at Norwalk Concrete Industries? Robb Smithson: I make a list of things I want to accomplish and rank them by level of difficulty. BX: What value have you...

School District Cybersecurity

In the 30+ years since Ferris Bueller memorably hacked into his high school's attendance system and reduced his absences from nine times to two, cyber threats faced by school districts have increased by orders of magnitude. While every business and...

Reduce Construction Waste

An estimated 251 million tons of construction waste is accumulated annually in the United States alone, which shows us just how important it is to reduce construction waste. Less than a third of that waste is recycled or composted, and up to 40% is...

Brenda Vander Ploeg

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Brenda Vander Ploeg: At a young age, my father would take me to his office on Saturday mornings for miscellaneous chores. I still remember him taking the cash out of his wallet to...
September 2020: On Your Radar

September 2020: On Your Radar

September 2020: On Your Radar features new apartment developments, a distribution warehouse, senior housing, & more! LARGE-SCALE CORRIDOR FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES / Project ID 2020-1E51 Proposed is the construction of a 40-mile corridor designed...

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Horizontal Construction with BIM

Horizontal Construction with BIM

Builders Exchange of Michigan: What are the current challenges in designing upgrades to existing infrastructure or creating new infrastructure? Jacob Armour, P.E.: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is focused on providing the best...

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Wood Automation & Control

Wood Automation & Control

Builders Exchange of Michigan: What is Wood Automation & Control's biggest strength? David Agnew: Diverse resources and experience across several markets. Wood Automation & Control is part of WOOD - a global EPC services provider with...

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Dian Selleck Wilson

Dian Selleck Wilson

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Dian Selleck Wilson: One of my first projects was The Spirit of Ford in Dearborn. I think that was the first project I earned money. BX: What drew you to the...

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Embracing Technology

Embracing Technology

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, powers the lives of two-thirds of Michigan's residents every day, via electricity or natural gas when they need it. Behind the scenes, technological advancements play a radically different role...

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Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

In recent years, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has been committed to making the Detroit Zoo more sustainable. The zoo has already phased out plastic water bottles, created a green-certified restaurant (Arctic Café) within the park, increased...

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Building Relationships: Double O Inc

Building Relationships: Double O Inc

Recently recognized on Forbes magazine’s list of 25 ‘Small Giants’ for prioritizing greatness over fast growth, Double O, Inc. demonstrates its dedication to its customers and team. President Mike Otis stresses the importance of purpose, “Our...

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August 2020: On Your Radar

August 2020: On Your Radar

August 2020: On Your Radar features the redevelopment of an industrial complex, multiple apartment buildings, & more! FIVE PHASE LARGE-SCALE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT / Project Numbers 2020-0175; 2020-1B95; 2020-1B9F; 2020-1BA0; 2020-1BA2 Plans...

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