West Michigan News

April 08, 2010
Grand Rapids' Aquinas College has begun a massive overhaul of its outdated athletic facility that promises to transform the 1957 structure into a showplace for college sports and fitness training.

The existing facility on the north side of the campus was mostly gymnasium. The basketball and volleyball courts ran north-south, but will be reoriented to east-west in the center of the main level. That makes room for the addition of interior second levels to the north and south, says Scott Vyn, design director for Integrated Architecture, the firm that designed the new structure.
Category: Community, Design, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

April 01, 2010

A proposed network of walking and bike trails in Lowell called the Lowell Area Trailway got a jumpstart this week with the announcement that nearly $1.1 million has been raised through philanthropy and grants for construction of Phase 1, a 2.5-mile paved trail connecting area schools.


Category: Community, GrandRapids, Health, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

March 18, 2010
If you didn't know it was there, as you approach Studio 246 on the north end of the Kalamazoo Mall, you could be forgiven for not recognizing the downtown storefront as Kalamazoo's newest home for theater.

If you do know it's there, you could be forgiven for asking, "isn't this the old home of theater in Kalamazoo?"

Both are true. This is the home of the Kalamazoo's newest theater collaboration, located in the space at 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall, a spot on the far end of the outdoor pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown.
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Design, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

March 18, 2010
Studio 246 was born out of the demise of the Whole Art Theatre at the end 2009.
It's made up of a collection of actors who were not ready to give up when Whole Art, the 33-year-old home of innovative, often daring theater turned off the spotlights for the last time.
Category: Arts, Culture, Kalamazoo

March 11, 2010
PORTAGE – Like the frozen expanse of West Lake that stretches out from beyond the glass walls of MAVCON Properties' Portage headquarters on the east end of the lake, James Dally's dreams for Kalamazoo are expansive.

Category: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

February 25, 2010
If Jason and Kris Spaulding have their way, local growers will drink the fruits of their labor at a new European microbrewery in the middle of the East Hills business district in Grand Rapids.

Brewery Vivant, a microbrewery specializing in French and Belgian beers, is the lead tenant in Locus Development's renovation of the former Spectrum Health Childcare property at 925 Cherry Street.

Category: Community, Culture, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

February 18, 2010
It may look peaceful when the frontloaders aren't running, but there's always a churning caldron of activity under the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, where microbes feast on the more than 4 million tons of trash covered by a layer of soil. As they munch on organic matter, the anaerobic bacteria release methane, a colorless and odorless gas that can be cleaned and burned. Kent County and Granger Electric have joined forces to turn the waste methane into electricity -- enough to power more than 1,800 homes. Rapid Growth takes you behind the scenes of how this creative public-private partnership turns a greenhouse gas into a valuable commodity.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 10, 2009
When pitching your company, always sell like you’re talking to your grandma.

Category: Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

October 22, 2009
George Bosnjak says that between the beginning of 2008 and mid 2009, Alabama laid out $614 million in incentives and grants to companies looking to do business there. In comparison, Michigan is legally bound to limit incentives to just $95 million per 12-month period.

Category: Community, Innovation, WestMichigan

October 15, 2009
Soccer at Hope College got a boost this fall with the completion of Van Andel Soccer Stadium in September. The facility was finished three weeks ahead of schedule and the men's soccer team won the stadium's inaugural game on September 29.  

Category: Design, Education, Holland, Innovation, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan
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