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Change Ups: WMU Sangren Hall earns LEED gold

August 22, 2014
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Western Michigan University’s 230,000-square-foot Sangren Hall on the Kalamazoo campus was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation brings the number of LEED-certified buildings on the WMU campus to nine, with a dozen more still in the certification process. The hall is home to the College of Education and Human Development and Department of Sociology. It was completed in 2012 at a cost of nearly $60 million.

ACCOUNTING

Hungerford Nichols has hired audit manager Tricia Van Vliet in its employee benefit group, and welcomes intern Paige Cornetet.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Josh Ferber has joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as a civil/survey CAD technician in the firm’s Kalamazoo office.

Kingscott Associates Inc. of Kalamazoo announced changes to its executive leadership team: president, and previous president, Brendon Pollard; and chairperson of the board, Bob McGraw. Advisory member of the board: Heather Martin. Principal owners of the company are board members: Dan Tryles, Rob Atkins and David Martin. Other changes include: director of architecture, Dan Tryles; director of engineering, Rob Atkins; bond campaign strategist and director of IT, David Martin; and COO Heather Martin.

Visbeen Architects Inc. is the recipient of American Institute of Building Design’s American Residential Design Awards for first place in the Custom Luxury Design 5,001-6,500 square feet category for its Georgetown design, and also Best in Show and Global Choice Award.

ASSOCIATIONS

Inforum announced the appointment of Melissa Birnie as member engagement manager, a new position based in Grand Rapids.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Stingray Advisory Group recently opened for business, providing services to clients throughout Michigan by assisting those looking to start a business as well as existing small businesses in need of marketing concept development and implementation, strategic planning assistance and financial review. Details: stingrayadvisorygroup.com. 

Vantaura Energy Services, a provider of energy-efficient solutions, has moved to 5169 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, 49525. Phone is (616) 301-0775; fax is 301-0649. Website: vantaura.com.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced the promotion of Lisa Ruthruff to field coordinator and the addition of Jacob Boyd, field intern. 

Triangle Associates Inc. has hired Eric Steinmetz, senior estimator; Alaina Vink, cost accountant; and Niki Fiore, marketing coordinator.

FOUNDATIONS

Gina Bovee, Challenge Scholars co-director for Resource Development & Administration, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College. 

HUMAN SERVICES

Emilio Tobar, an 11th grader at Northview High School, was one of 96 participants selected nationwide to participate in The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy in San Diego. Tobar has participated at The First Tee of West Michigan for four summers.

The Literacy Center of West Michigan announced it has selected Dr. Wendy VerHage Falb as its new executive director. She succeeds Susan K. Ledy, who retired in May. Falb is a graduate of Calvin College (B.A.), Boston College (M.A.), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). Her first day at the Literacy Center is Sept. 8. 

LEGAL

Foster Swift attorney Laura J. Genovich was named chairperson of the steering committee for the Bankruptcy Section of the Federal Bar Association Western District of Michigan.

Miller Johnson has added Mary L. Tabin as a member in its Grand Rapids office; she joins the firm’s employment and labor practice group.  

Varnum attorney Carl E. Ver Beek is the recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Roberts P. Hudson Award, the highest award conferred by the State Bar. The award will be presented Sept. 17 in conjunction with the State Bar’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids.

Varnum attorney Elizabeth Wells Skaggs has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2014 Women in the Law, awarded to those who are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism or pro bono work.

LOGISTICS

Viastore systems announced the company has been selected a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain.

MANUFACTURING

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne has added Bridgette Clock, inside sales and marketing coordinator. She will handle data entry and customer requests, and work on internal and external marketing, social media, newsletters and press releases.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. in Muskegon has received national recertification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

JR Automation announced a 40,000-square-foot, $1.5 million expansion of its facility at 12688 New Holland St. in Holland. The new building will serve automotive, construction, consumer products, food processing, furniture, medical, aerospace and pharmaceutical customers.

River City Metrology announced it is the only CMM service, calibration provider and dimensional inspection lab in West Michigan to be recognized as a Minority Business Enterprise through the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. The firm also renewed its accreditation through the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau, a division of A-S-B.

NONPROFITS

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan announced the election of its officers: president, Dwight Baker; vice president, A. Joseph Engel; treasurer, Jan Deur; and secretary, Susan Hoekema. Elected to the board of directors: Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman, Frank Dunten, Gary Greer, Michael Julien and Bob Van Stright.

REAL ESTATE

Hinman Co. announced the promotion of Brittaney Manion to property manager of the Skyrise Apartments in downtown Kalamazoo. 

Paramount Realty Partners has added Realtor Kenyon Krause, who brings nearly a decade of real estate experience to the team. 

RETAIL

Todd Wenzel Automotive announced it will open its fourth Michigan dealership, Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore, expected to open Oct. 1 at the Lake Michigan Auto Center, 4130 32nd Ave., Hudsonville. It will have an anticipated inventory of more than 400 pre-owned vehicles. 

TECHNOLOGY

Custer announced a new owner for its 3D rendering studio, Dart Frog. Dan Bockheim joins Dart Frog with previous experience as COO of Farm, a Chicago-based 3D creative studio.

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