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In Dragline’s Bucket (May 19th edition)

Glowing predictions about the entry of autonomous vehicles on our country’s highways and streets strike us as too optimistic. Especially given the murderous mental state of too many human drivers. We also feel the same about autonomous construction equipment which, superficially, seemly harbor a better potential. One would think a construction site could be controlled far better than the open road, with all its tailgaters. Yet, as we observe, when the equipment shows up the problem won’t be found in its circuit boards and hydraulics. We should seek it in its programming. Our concern is the people writing the code will think they know all about the functions of construction equipment when, in fact, they’re relying on too many stereotypes. How much unnecessary financial weight does duplicate regulation of construction cost our nation? It appears to be quite a huge figure, according to testimony in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.  Go To Dragline


What? No Tuesday, May 23rd Update?

Keeping it short, last Friday our Editor’s right arm suffered wrist trouble. It’s so bad the doctor told him to skip this edition of Michigan Construction News, because extensive keyboard use will worsen the situation. He’s banned from the keyboard until no earlier than Thursday, May 25th. A Friday, May 26th edition should be possible so we expect to get that one out to you. Until then, study Chief Bender’s method for what was then called a “nickel curve."


(May 18th edition continues)

DTE Outlines Goal To Cut Carbon Emissions

DTE Energy has announced a broad sustainability initiative that will reduce the company's carbon emissions by more than 80% by 2050. Full Story

GLWA Seeks Tunnel Restoration Contractors

Bids are being received until noon on June 6th by the Great Lakes Water Authority for repairs to be made to the Detroit River Interceptor. It was built in 1927 in Detroit’s downtown area as a 14 foot interior diameter tunnel. Full Story

St. Joseph ISD Considers Career & Tech Center

Survey results conducted by EPIC-MRA for the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District indicate 57% of voters would support the construction of a Career & Technical Education Center. Full Story


SEAMi Introduces 2017 Young Structural Engineer

The Structural Engineers Association of Michigan (SEAMi) has selected Sarah Bednarcik, a project engineer with Ruby+Associates, Bingham Farms, as the recipient of its 2017 Young Structural Engineer of the Year award. The award was presented during SEAMi’s Spring Conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. It’s given each year to a structural engineer who has been practicing in the field for 12 years or less, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in engineering and contributions to improve the quality of life for people around them. Full Story

Hotel Proposed For Site By Adrian College Campus

The debate at time got raucous, but at this week’s meeting of the Adrian City Council a plan to sell Lot 12 in the city’s industrial park to a hotel developer was approved by a 5-2 vote. Full Story

Adamo Wins Contract For Silverdome Demolition

It was disclosed this week that earlier this month the Adamo Group, Detroit, has been awarded a demolition contract for the Pontiac Silverdome, an assignment that’s expected to cost from $15-20 million. Full Story

AGC/Michigan To Look At GM’s Future Plans

Automotive industry construction will be the keynote topic of the summer membership luncheon of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan, to be held June 22nd at the Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth Township. Full Story

FTCH Picks Beauboeuf For New Detroit Office

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc., Grand Rapids, has announced the appointment of Regine Beauboeuf as director of client services and office leader of its newest office in Detroit. Full Story

Visitors Bureau To Build New Bay City Office

This week the Bay City Commission approved the sale of a narrow sliver of property at 499 North Water Street to the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a proposed regional visitors’ center. Full Story

LA Fitness Gets The OK From Ann Arbor Planners

By a unanimous vote Tuesday night the Ann Arbor Planning Commission approved the site plan  for a 34,000 square foot building for LA Fitness. to be built at 115 North Maple Road. Full Story

HR&C Opens An Office For Kalamazoo Clients

Based in Bloomfield Hills, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC) has opened an office in Kalamazoo, its seventh location. Full Story

June 19th Hearing To Review Sewer Repair Job

A public hearing is to be conducted by the village of South Rockwood on June 19th on a sanitary sewer project expected to cost approximately $1.4 million. Full Story

Corps Of Engineers Expands Shoreline Proposal

A pre-solicitation notice has been modified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for shoreline restoration and other improvements where the Clinton River empties into Lake St. Clair, in Michigan’s Harrison Township. Full Story

Burton Katzman Presents Holland Apartments Concept

Preliminary site plans for the construction of a four or five story apartment building in city owned Parking Lot 7C were presented Thursday night to the Holland City Council by Burton Katzman llc, Bingham Farms. Full Story

Another Hotel Slated For Benton’s ‘Cinema Way’

In Benton Township a section of Nickerson Court turns into Cinema Way and this week there was a report it may be getting its fourth hotel. Full Story

Culver’s Considered By Greenville Planners

At its meeting last week the Greenville Planning Commission set June 8th as a date for a public hearing on a site plan for a Culver’s Restaurant. It’s to rise at 1825 West Washington, between a Taco Bell Restaurant and an Advanced Auto Parts Store. Full Story