Wal-Mart Supercenter construction could begin this fall

GARFIELD TWP - The expansion project that will turn the Wal-Mart store at Grand Traverse Crossings into a "Supercenter" went out for bids the second week of September and construction could start as early as the beginning of November. The Wal-Mart store is expanding to...

Former planner opens planning/design biz

TRAVERSE CITY - A former Garfield Township planner who was asked to resign by the township's supervisor over a public structure dispute is getting back to his consultant roots, opening a planning and design business in Traverse City.Gerry Harsch, who spent more than three decades...

Construction manager, architect picked for Lear conversion

TRAVERSE CITY - When you think of a "church," what comes to mind? Perhaps a grand steeple and a cross, surrounded by ornate stained glass? You probably don't think of a large industrial building. But that is exactly what one Traverse City church plans on...

The Roundtable: The Builders

The building market might be down significantly, but there's plenty going on. Increased material prices, the green building movement, the arrival of downstate builders on the scene, and more. We tapped a diverse group of area construction leaders to talk through the issues.Included in the...

Green up top: Springfield Roofing launches energy service

TRAVERSE CITY - The initial phone call Springfield Commercial Roofing used to get from a new customer went something like this: "Jim, I want my building to not leak." Today, that phone call goes more like this: "Jim, I want to save money on my...

The heat is on: Climate change and its impact on the bottom line

Hurricanes like Ike and Katrina are increasing in intensity, tornado disasters like the dozens that ripped through the south on Super Tuesday 2008 are coming in clusters and doing twice the damage. In northern Michigan, meteorologists and farmers alike attest to new, extreme droughts, rainfall...

Secrets of power networking

It's not net-sitting, it's not net-standing around, it's not even net- eating; it is, says Mark Avery, net-working. "Remember - you're there to get something accomplished." He should know. For nine years Avery has been a member of one of the four Business Networking International...