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West Michigan construction industry compares plans

August 14, 2013
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The West Michigan Design and Construction Expo brings together the region’s construction industry. Courtesy Builders Exchange of Michigan

Contractors, designers, suppliers and others in the construction industry should circle Oct. 17 on their calendars.

That's the date of the third annual West Michigan Design and Construction Expo, which is being presented by the Builders Exchange of Michigan and the Grand Rapids chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.

The event pulls together the region's construction industry, including facility managers and owners, said Hank Hondorp, CSI chapter president.

"This year, we are hoping to provide even greater learning opportunities with our emphasis on collaboration," Hondorp said.

Exhibits

Suppliers will be on the exhibit floor throughout the expo showing their latest products. 

The most recent educational programs, which lead to CEU credits, will also be on display. 

The event has space for more than 80 exhibitors.

“The outlook is that construction is moving progressively forward," said Elizabeth Bovard, office manager for the Builders Exchange. "Owners are more conscientious with their money and are reaching out to find the latest technologies, as opposed to using traditional approaches for their products.” 

Bovard said the most sought-after approach is target value design. It incorporates pre-construction services, design elements, a cost target, established quality and value to keep a project on schedule.

“This goal can’t be achieved without collaboration from the project team," she added. "This year’s expo will be focusing on this point."

Pro development

The seminars kick off at 1 p.m. with a session on the art and science of the integrated project delivery system, or IPD, which ties together all the aspects of a project to help ensure the work reduces waste, increases value and produces efficiencies.

The next session will explain how to model a project from the design stage to construction to actually managing a finished building. It gets underway at 2:30 p.m.

The expo’s collaboration roundtable starts at 4 p.m., with five panelists: Bruce Courtade, of Rhoades McKee PC; Patrick Mullen, of the state of Michigan; James Moyer, of GVSU; Sam Pinto, of the Van Andel Institute and Montcalm Community College’s George Germain. Art Theusch will serve as the moderator.  

“We have gathered some of the most knowledgeable leaders involved in the construction industry to address the impact of how technology and collaboration affect construction projects at the expo," said Bovard, who added she hopes to add a few more names to the roundtable. "They will all share their expertise on what makes a project successful."

Schedule

The expo will be held in The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center, at 2500 Turner Ave. NW in Walker.

The doors will open at 12:30, and the event will run until 5:00 p.m. 

Three seminars and a collaboration roundtable are scheduled.

The expo will close with an after-hours event: a networking circle that will start at 5 p.m. and last for at least an hour.

The event is free, so is the parking. 

A portion of the expo’s proceeds will go to the Building Bridges program, which delivers high quality, affordable services to needy residents.

The Builders Exchange of Michigan was formed in 1885, and its primary mission is to provide news on construction activity throughout the state. 

The Grand Rapids chapter of CSI started in 1948, and its primary purpose is to improve the quality of local construction efforts.

said Hank Hondorp, CSI chapter president, in a statement.

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