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  1. East Beltline Developments

    You can thank the folks at the Kent County Road Commission for these improvements.
  2. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    And you better go to the bathroom before the climb. Easy on the coffee before hand
  3. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    2 BIG AZZ cranes, both locally owned I get real queasy just looking at the photo of the worker out on the boom
  4. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    You can say you read it here first. The only thing that will happen is the consultants will get paid for expensive gov't funded studies. Google the Wally to see how it shakes out. The Wally has a railroad the Great Lakes Central that will allow the commuter rail on their state owned track. CSX won't even allow an occasional excursion on their rails nor will they allow a separated fenced bike path.
  5. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    I checked out Erickson's yard yesterday afternoon and it looked like they had trucks loaded to move to Lyon and Ottawa. Looks like my guess was correct
  6. Grandville Castle Apartments

    I was at a presentation by Roger Lucas on the project a few weeks ago. He said he always wanted to build a castle. He pitched it to his partner who thought he was crazy so he went alone on the project. He served as his own construction manager assisted by his son and daughter on site. He is not a stranger to the construction business having built over 3000 apartment units in 30 years. He has built both the wood structure units and concrete structure units. The foundation for the main structure is on 2700 geopiers. Calculated settlement was 1 inch. It has settled 1.25 inches. The main structure was built using the Outinord forming system, a European system for large projects. They cast in place 27 forms a day –wall and floors cast together. It took 30,000 cubic yards of concrete. The concrete was pumped up until the pumps couldn’t pump any higher. Then the cranes took over bucketing the concrete the last few floors.. They started forming on July 29th and finished Dec 5th. The “siding” is Superior Wall panels manufactured by Great Lakes Superior out of Hamilton MI. The panels are insulated. They are not colored to mimic the gray color of the castle in Germany. The windows are triple glazed with an r-40 value. They open for cleaning. Each unit has its own electric heat pump. The units are fire proof, pretty much sound proof and damage proof. The blue roof area was initially to be empty. One day he inquired if they could put apartment units up there. The answer was yes. Their design / marketing team designed premium 2 story loft units for that area. The crenelations are decorative for the precast “gutter” to handle the runoff from the roof. The gutters will be easy to clean, they are big enough to walk in with chest high “railings”. The low structure is the parking garage is precast concrete from Kerkstra. Most units are “one car” but they have some units which are longer and so the tenant has a storage unit in the space as well. There is a covered parking spot for every bed in the complex. It was an informative presentation. Our group hopes to get a tour once the elevators are up and running:)
  7. Michigan Street Corridor Development

    That is a nice drawing except for one thing, not enough real estate on Michigan. The Michigan ROW is 66 feet. The section built in front of the Brassworks building on N Monroe is 100 feet from back of walk to back of walk
  8. Who's Done This?

    There was logic to what was built in the 60's. The city fathers wanted the freeways to come thru town and not bypass it. Plus the traffic on the freeways was 1/10th of what it is today. They worked pretty darn good at 1/10th of today's traffic plus people focused on driving, not their smart phones.
  9. Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    Those "bars" are faux balconies. They show 4 panel windows, the real thing is 3 panels. Do I personally like all the architecture of all the new developments, no. But it's encouraging to see all the construction going on after a lost decade of nothing. I just hope it's not a bubble about to burst.
  10. Who's Done This?

    That's nothing. Last week a older woman did the same maneuver about 9 in the morning in front of me and stopped, yes stopped dead halfway between the left and center lanes and waited for traffic to clear so she could get in the right lane. Cars and trucks in the right and center lanes started doing hard braking and swerving left and right to avoid hitting her and the other swerving vehicles. I held my breath waiting for the crashes to begin and figure out where I was going to go. Thanks to the driving skills of my fellow motorists, nobody touched her or anyone else. The last I saw her in my rear view mirror about was about Grandville Ave putting along in the far right lane.
  11. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    Not quite a complete makeover. The power and telephone poles are still there.
  12. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    Yes, to come up with a suspension or similar bridge, it most likely would require 10 years. The "wheels" at MDOT tend to be square. "They" were all excited about the "light towers" on the S-curve reconstruction. My comment was "big woopie", just a token enhancement. There's 2 lanes at Ottawa, one that just disappears and the one far right that must exit. I'm pretty sure the lane that disappears will be connected to the exit lane on the bridge over the river. I don't ever foresee 3 lanes between the ramps to and from US-131. Maybe.............. in 50 years with the next reconstruct................
  13. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    The configuration will be 4 lanes, 2 thru and a left (south) and right (north) exit lane. The exit lanes will have full shoulders as opposed to no shoulders now. i believe the WB lane drop at Ottawa will disappear. The time for some type of signature structure is long past (by about 3 or more years back when the project was scoped). About all that can be done now is for the City to add led lighting like the bridges down river.
  14. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    The ADT on M-6 near the west end is about 42,000. The 36th St extension is handling about 16,000 vehicles a day. This was a quote on Mlive: I can assure you the concrete on 36th Street was tested after it was on the ground at the paving train. That was the procedure when I first entered the road building business in 1972. Draw your own conclusion.
  15. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    That's the Butterworth landfill. Google it. Capped with a clay layer