April 2017 Issue
It's Now Easier (and Cheaper) to Be Green
Who doesn’t want to be kind to the environment? When building green became a thing, everybody jumped on board. People embraced the terminology, though without much in the way of standards or definition.
“Everybody’s got ‘green’ something,” said Ryan McCoon of Endura Performance Homes.
Today, “green building” is almost passé. The preferred term is right there in the name of McCoon’s firm. But don’t take it just from him.
“‘Green’ building has been co-opted,” said Christopher Strickland of Strickland Ewing and Associates, which does energy audits. “What we are using now is 'performance.'”
Builders and retrofitters are finding it’s not …
Smile, You’re on Camera! Video surveillance on the rise, but employers should proceed with caution
Security cameras used to be the province of banks, tech firms, and other organizations that felt a need for close scrutiny in their workplaces and had the financial wherewithal to afford the pricey systems. But today, prices have plummeted while quality has dramatically increased, leading to their use in homes and businesses of all sorts.
“I’ve been in the industry for 20 years. What I’ve seen is extreme growth with video surveillance,” said David Hood, …
Commercial Building Back on Track: Several properties underway, in the pipeline
After a couple years of promise, 2017 looks to be when it all comes together for commercial construction. That’s a far cry from the depths of the recession just a few years ago, when the construction industry all but collapsed, and building anything was nearly folly. Particularly anything commercial.
“I think it’s solid for us,” said Mike Brown of Burdco, looking ahead to the rest of this year. The company specializes in office buildings and …
The Perils of Success: Asset protection to keep the good times rolling
I grew up in Seattle during the '90s, and that means two things; I still have a fondness for flannel shirts, and I saw a lot of everyday people become millionaires overnight. Bespectacled Microsoft and Amazon engineers cashed in their stock options for a life beyond their parents’ wildest dreams. But with more money comes more problems.
So I watched a recent case out of Delaware, Matter of Daniel Kloiber Dynasty Trust, with intense interest. …
Are some of the best projects ones that were never built?
By Michael R. Brown
I have an idea for a new celebration… “The Construction Due Diligence Awards: Projects That Never Happened!”
With all of the successful and exciting building development occurring in northern Michigan, it’s easy to forget that we have also seen our share of ill-fated projects over the …
Navigating Uncertain Terrain: Start planning for changing emphasis in estate planning
President Donald Trump has a great deal of influence over a wide range of legislative matters, including the federal estate and income tax. One of his campaign promises was a repeal of the estate tax. The current structure provides that any person can transfer $5.49 million to their heirs in …
Building Materials Prices Expected to Rise, But Not Hamper Construction
Construction material prices are on the rise as residential and commercial building activity escalates during the spring season.
Local building products suppliers say annual materials price increases of about five percent have been typical for the past few years. They’re expecting similar increases this year and say the price hikes …
50 Leading Women Of Business
This is the TCBN’s first-ever compilation of “50 Leading Women of Business.” It includes women who are leaders, pioneers, involved community members, role models – working in and running businesses across the Grand Traverse region.
While we couldn’t possibly include all potential candidates in one issue, we aimed to showcase …
On a Mission: The motivated members of the Women's Council of Realtors
When the National Association of Realtors (NAR), was founded in 1908, its membership was composed entirely of men. The association’s purpose at the time was “to unite the real estate men of America.” While there were a number of successful women in real estate sales, their participation on local real …
Business Leaders Make Economic Case for Shutting Down Line 5
It was a hot, sunny day in mid July of 2013 when 400 people gathered at a rally in the public park on the north end of the Mackinac Bridge to raise awareness of the aging oil pipelines lying on the bottom of the Mackinac Straits. There were passionate speeches, …
Book review April 2017: The Magnolia Story
By Chip and Joanna Gaines2016, Thomas Nelson Publishing208 pages, Hardcover $15.99, e-read edition $13.99
In a Nutshell: The autobiographical story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”
Who’s it for? General audiences, HGTV junkies, couples that work together
Author Quote: “I always thought that the …