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In Dragline’s Bucket

Starting with the wages of the not funny, we report on what happened to Asphalt Specialists Inc. of Pontiac. The firm fired three workers who complained too strenuously of being ordered to drive its trucks many hours beyond the maximum allowed by federal regulations. That’s never a smart thing to do and the government has struck back with close to $1 million in fines. From there we examine the efforts of the White House to require overtime pay for salaried personnel working on federal contracts. When you look it seriously you know at least some of them deserve it. We then take another look at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new rule that seeks to extend its jurisdiction over water. In conclusion we provide more on the technical problems we’ve overcome this week in posting updates for our web site.  Go To Dragline

DTE And Partners Prepare For Nexus Gas Main

Surveying is expected to get underway in Ohio next month on a route for a pipeline to bring natural gas from the Utica shale deposit in the eastern border of the state through Michigan into Ohio. The estimated $1.5 billion project is to be operational in late 2017.  Full Story

AIA Billing Index Signals Optimism For Architects

Displaying steady increases in design services demand during the past three months, in July the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billing Index posted a solid gain.  Full Story

Packard Plant Redevelopment Work To Start In September

Fernando Palazuelo, the Peruvian developer who bought the long vacant and greatly deteriorated Packard Plant, this week said work crews are expected to start clearing debris from the property next month, and start installing tower cranes.  Full Story


Triangle Adds Two Project Developers


Triangle Associates, Grand Rapids, has named Dean Boik as national projects director and Tim Lemoine as project development manager. Boik will be leading a team of designers, estimators, and project managers in the design/build of specialized facilities in the health care, charter schools, and manufacturing business sectors. Lemoine’s responsibilities include working with national clients in the education and health care industries to develop appropriate site locations, facility concepts, and accurate budgets for future projects.   Full Story

Ypsilanti’s Water Street Flats Project Stumbles A Bit

At the Tuesday, September 2nd meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council, Herman & Kittle Properties Inc., (HKP,) Indianapolis, Indiana, is expected to ask for an extension for its Water Street Flats residential project.  Full Story

Election Predictions To Be Made At DACA September Meeting

A preview of the November elections is to provided at the Tuesday, September 16th meeting of the Detroit Area Construction Association. Scheduled as guest speaker is Bill Ballenger, publisher and editor of Inside Michigan Politics.  Full Story

Troy Firm Plans Expansion Of  Component Manufacturing

Unified Business Technologies, Troy, is expanding with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced. The move is expected to generate $17.2 million in new private investment.  Full Story

Gwen Morhous, Michigan Architect, Passes Away

An architect three months shy of his 100th birthday, Gwen Carl Morhous, AIA, died on Sunday, August 17th, at Arbor Hospice Residence in Dexter.  Full Story

Tunnel Repairs Scheduled For Oakland-Macomb Drain

Repairs expected to total $14.1 million are to get underway shortly on the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain District north of Detroit. They are to improve arms of tunnels ranging in diameter from 12 feet nine inches to 8 feet.  Full Story

Kevin Orr To Address AGC of Michigan’s Fall Luncheon

Announced as keynote speaker at the upcoming fall membership luncheon for the Associated General Contractors of Michigan is Kevin Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager. The event will be conducted Thursday, September 16th, at the Detroit Golf Club.  Full Story

North Maple Estates Wins Rezoning Approval In Ann Arbor

With a rezoning request approved this week by the Ann Arbor City Council, progress is being made on a 42 unit housing project proposed filed the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.  Full Story

Architects Promote ’Stairweek 2014’ Next Month In Ann Arbor

To promote “Stairweek 2014,” on September 11th the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be participating in a free networking breakfast at the University of Michigan. Full Story

Petoskey Takes A Step Toward More Downtown Parking

Though Petoskey has been assisting LCA Enterprises LLC, Grand Rapids, in planning for the redevelopment of the Darling block, site of the failed Petoskey Pointe Development, this week it signed agreements to consider the site for a parking structure with retail space. Full Story

New Soil Stabilization Product Crossing Into The U.S.

Nano Labs Corporation in Detroit yesterday announced it has entered into joint venture agreement with Polec Industrias to design, manufacture, and sell Polec´s product “Technosoil” for a term of twenty years.  Full Story

Pontiac To Begin WWTP Improvements During 2015

This week the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced its preliminary decision that an environmental impact statement will not be needed for approximately $7.4 million in improvements to one of the city of Pontiac’s wastewater treatment plants. Full Story

Red Cedar Renaissance May Gain Full Service Hotel

Though a development agreement has been finalized with the city of Lansing, this week Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, disclosed an interest in building a 200 room Hyatt Place full service hotel as part of the Red Cedar Renaissance project.  Full Story