Jim Foucher

Jim Foucher

Jim Foucher is the vice president of RBV Contracting, an 8(a)-certified minority and HUBZone construction contractor, specializing in site development, infrastructure and more. Foucher works on projects in West Michigan on a regular basis. He sits on the board of the Detroit post of the Society of American Military Engineers. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Lawrence Technological University and an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Michigan Dearborn.

ARTICLES

A budding future: Michigan contractors and marijuana facilities

February 28, 2019
In November 2008, Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, talk about marijuana use — and all the legalities involved — has been a hot topic. Then, in November 2018, voters in Michigan passed Proposal 1, which made the Great Lakes State the 10th state, and first in the Midwest, to legalize recreational marijuana. Although controversial to some, this thriving industry is continuing to expand, which means large grow facilities and dispensaries are popping up everywhere. Read More

Cold weather doesn’t stop winter construction

December 31, 2018
After the official start of winter, many assume that all construction workers hibernate for the season, and that just isn’t true. While there is significantly less field work — and essentially no road work — being completed during the winter months, there are still projects that can press on. Read More

When’s the drywall coming?

September 30, 2018
We used to work with a general superintendent who often would ask, “When is the drywall coming?” whenever clients would push an unrealistic schedule on us. Read More

The perks of GPS in construction

January 11, 2018
While GPS technology on heavy machinery such as tracked dozers and excavators is nothing new — early adopters started using this technology in the early 2000s — the number of civil contractors using this technology in the last five years has nearly doubled. Read More

Would Michigan's infrastructure survive a natural disaster?

October 18, 2017
While Michigan’s weather can be trying and unpredictable, the state typically has avoided the major disasters that affect other states, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. While our infrastructure doesn’t need to be able to withstand gale-force winds or (hopefully) extreme flooding or mudslides, we still need to be able to maintain a solid and safe infrastructure. Read More

It's time to put infrastructure first

August 31, 2017
Sewer, water, roads, bridges, tunnels, power, parking — all are essential to supporting a city’s growth. Read More