John Parker

John Parker

John Parker is the vice president of project development for Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals. He works closely with clients in the early stages of project planning and pre-construction, helping guide teams from concept to reality. Parker’s experience ranges from complex health care and industrial renovations to new senior living and retail construction.


Rightsizing your construction career

January 14, 2016
In a recent Grand Rapids Business Journal article, the Associated General Contractors of America note that 71 percent of construction companies surveyed plan to add new employees in the coming year. This expansion of staff is necessary to meet the increased demand for new construction and indicates that the industry is projecting sustained growth for the near future. Read More

The case for design-build trade contractors

September 30, 2015
I was recently reminded of the many outstanding, high-quality specialty trade contractors in West Michigan. Read More

An oath to construction safety

March 17, 2015
As we're in the midst of our celebration and training events for Alive 365: Safety Week, I've been thinking a lot about the construction profession and our obligations to each other and our clients. Read More

Re-think the RFP

January 31, 2015
If you’re a buyer, seller, owner, constructor or designer of buildings, you’ve undoubtedly used or responded to an RFP, or request for proposal. Read More

How to fight the rising cost of construction

November 30, 2014
If you're planning a construction project or dusting off an old one, you've no doubt seen the impact of a rising demand for commercial construction labor and materials on your project’s budget. Read More

Skilled trades build up high school grads

August 19, 2014
It’s back-to-school time again, and for many West Michigan high school seniors, their last year will be both exciting and a little nerve-racking. Read More

Is there a jack-of-all-trades?

February 12, 2014
When you think of a handyman or handywoman, chances are you envision a person with a truck full of tools — ready to handle any job you throw at them. Read More

What is relationship-based contracting?

December 1, 2013
I don’t think I'm alone in the opinion that there are many ways construction buyers, construction managers and subcontractors can resolve disputes without the use of the heavy-handed legal language that fills construction agreements. Read More

Good help is hard to find

September 30, 2013
The saying might alarm you, but it’s both a reality of the strong construction market in West Michigan and a sign of challenges to come. Read More

Is health care construction shifting?

July 31, 2013
While the Grand Rapids skyline is still dotted with crane booms, the massive tower cranes on the Medical Mile have disappeared. Read More