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.


2020 vision: Outlook for construction industry looks rosy … for now

July 31, 2019
From all corners of the West Michigan construction industry, the outlook for the next 12-18 months remains strong, but it is not without a healthy dose of caution. Read More

8 days a week: Managing stress in an overheated construction market

January 31, 2019
I believe that I speak for most of the West Michigan construction community when I say that 2018 was a great year. Investment, development and expansion in our communities are happening all around us, providing plenty of opportunity for the contracting community. Read More

Recognizing greatness in the construction industry

August 13, 2018
Each year, the Western Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors awards a Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) at its Excellence in Construction Awards. The award is given to an individual who sets a high standard for professionals in their craft by exhibiting outstanding skills and leadership. Read More

How might the new silica standards affect my next project?

December 29, 2017
This past fall, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration adopted federal regulation OSHA 1926.1153 — regulating silica dust exposure for workers in a variety of settings and industries. Read More

And the winner is …

September 11, 2017
It’s awards season for the West Michigan construction community. Read More

Different OSHA perspectives lead to different results

April 12, 2017
The news has been filled lately with stories about reducing regulatory oversight on businesses as a way to strengthen the private sector and encourage investment. While it’s true that regulatory agencies and government departments are known to add more bureaucracy than they remove, at a local level, these agencies can be more of an asset to your business and not just red tape. Read More

Stay warm out there

December 30, 2016
Those of us who have lived in Michigan for any length of time know that a Michigan winter can be harsh. Sub-zero temperatures and lake-effect snow can close our schools and grind our highways to a halt. Along those same lines, the Michigan winter certainly doesn’t consider the continued demand for construction in West Michigan when it blows into our area. Read More

Being award-worthy

September 28, 2016
It’s awards season for the West Michigan construction industry. Read More

A case for construction manager-led safety training

July 13, 2016
Anybody familiar with construction safety will recognize the term “responsible individual” as the person on a job site, or within an organization, who is responsible for and knowledgeable of proper safety techniques. Read More

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