Construction is Booming in Michigan: What’s In it For You?

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Whether you work in Healthcare or in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, there’s a lot of good news for you when construction is booming. More construction means more jobs and more opportunities. And from Detroit to Grand Rapids and lots of cities and towns in between, there’s an incredible construction boom in the State of Michigan.

According to Dodge Data and Analytics, there were more than $5 billion in new building starts in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Lapeer and St. Clair counties last year.1 There’s also the $109 million I-94 road and bridge reconstruction in Jackson County. And in Lansing alone, there are several multimillion-dollar construction projects:

McLaren Hospital Project

is a consolidation of McLaren Greater Lansing’s two south Lansing facilities into a $450 million dollar state-of-the-art hospital complex. In partnership with Michigan State University, McLaren is building the nine-story complex at Collins Road and U.S. 127. It will include a 250-bed acute care hospital, a cancer center, and an ambulatory care center. Once completed, McLaren expects to add more healthcare workers to its nearly 2,000 current employees.

Red Cedar Project

is a $250 million project set on the site of the former Red Cedar Golf Course along Michigan Avenue. It will include two hotels, retail and restaurant space, an assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care facility, more than 1,000 student-housing beds, and 150 market-rate apartments. Plans also call for park space and a river walk.

Central Substation

is a $28 million project at the edge of Lansing's REO Town neighborhood that will replace the Eckert Power Station and adjoining Eckert Substation. In addition to the new substation, the property will include parks and recreation improvements, a river walkway along the north bank of the Grand River, a river viewing station, a fishing platform, and a new parking lot. Decorative walls will also be built to house the substation, and there is a budget for regular updates to wall art along Washington Avenue.

School for the Blind Redevelopment

is a $24 million multi-redevelopment project on the site of the former Michigan School for the Blind. It will include three separate housing projects. Walnut Park will be at Willow and Pine streets and will include 64 low-income apartments and eight designated as market-rate.

In what was formerly the school’s administration building, known as The Abigail, there will be 42 units of senior housing and 62 parking spaces. The former high school will offer an additional 18 units of senior housing and 25 parking spots.

Provident Place

is a $7 million mixed use development on Michigan Avenue, that includes residential and retail space. Intended to blend into the area, the property will sport different roof lines, colors and building materials. The four-story project will offer 9500 square feet of retail space and 33 residential units, including studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

 

All this construction might explain why HVAC technicians are in such high demand. Did you know that Michigan is among the country’s top-ten employers of HVAC techs?2 And the nationwide trend for the profession is expected to grow faster than average through 2026.3 If you like to work with your hands and your brains, a career as an HVAC Tech might be a good fit for you. Check out the HVAC-R Program offered at our Lansing and Jackson campuses. Give us a call at 877-481-4930 to learn more now.

 

1 https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/metro-detroit-construction-boom-continues-factors-signal-it-may-get-harder-build

2 https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499021.htm

3 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm

 

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