We Saw You – West Michigan Design and Construction Expo 2017

We Saw You – West Michigan Design and Construction Expo 2017

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This year’s EXPO appeared to be another grand success on October 26 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville under the sponsorship of both CSI and The Builders Exchange of Western Michigan. According to Elizabeth Bovard, Director of the Builder’s Exchange of Western Michigan, this will be the last COMBINED SPONSORSHIP due to the additional amount of time and energy that her group must expend in order to get the job done. With the recent changes in both The Builder’s Exchange Office move to a new location, as well as the number of people she must shift away from the Plan Room’s regular duties, future EXPOS will be totally staffed and operated by CSI personnel as previously happened before we merged efforts a few years ago. Thank you, Elizabeth, for another JOB WELL DONE! Personally and individually, I suspect that there will still be a small collaboration of effort between the two groups.

No specific attendance numbers were given to me by either The Builders Exchange or by the Registration Coordinator, Eventbright, so I cannot give the same detailed break-down for attendance as I did for last year’s EXPO 2016. The following companies were Major Sponsors:

Architectural Sponsor Firestone – MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions
Hospitality Sponsor Johns Manville (JM) and J2 Sales
Badge Sponsor Secur Alarm Systems, Inc.
Media Sponsor Grand Rapids Business Journal
Beverage Sponsor Tubelite
Beverage Sponsor Vos Glass
EXPI Sponsor Grand Valley State University
EXPO Partner CD Barnes Construction

The following Booths were Executive Exhibitors:

Double O Supply & Craftsmen Inc.
Georgia-Pacific Dens Element Barrier System
H Handorn
J2 Sales Solutions
Kemper Systems
MWA – Firestone Building Products
Omega Computer Services
Rooftop Anchor – Fall Protection Systems
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance

The following Construction Associations had booths in the Entrance Lobby:

Building Bridges
IFMA – Int’l. Facility Management Assn.
Michigan Construction
USGBC – West Michigan

The Seminar Schedule was already under way by the time I arrived at 12:30. Session 1 (11:30 – 12:30) was a panel discussion chaired by Renae Hesselink (who also presented the EXPI Award later) LEED-AP BD+C, Sustainability Vice Presidente from Nichols Paper & Supply. Her panelists included Matt Hollander, LEED Ap from Hollander Development Corp.; Cheri Holman, LEED AP, Director of USGBC West Mich. Chapter; and DeVon Miller, LEED AP, Building Commissioning Specialist at Western Michigan University. The panel discussion focused on strategies for return investment, evaluating, prioritizing and getting buy-in for energy efficiency projects. Session 2 (1 p.m.- 2 p.m.) was presented by a former CSI Chapter member, Aileen Leiipprandt, Attorney with Hilger Hammond, Grand Rapids, MI. She discussed the ins and outs of Public Private Partnerships including challenges and solutions for facing P-3 Models. Session 3 (2:30 – 3:30) was given by David Ensminger, National Sales Manager with Rooftop Anchor Company, Heber City, UT. Attendees learned about fall protection systems and how they are engineered, regulations for compliance, and options available for preventing accidents and common hazards of fall protection. Session 4 (4:00 – 5:00) was presented by Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal with Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI. She discussed the process of envisioning hidden potentials of obsolete buildings and bringing them back to becoming valuable community assets.

The Program Guide, which was distributed to everybody entering the Pinnacle Center, stated that the “EXPI Award recognizes sustainable construction and innovations having proven economic, environmental, and/or social benefits, contributing to sustainable building practices.” The winner of the EXPI AWARD came as a total shock and surprise to the recipient, as his employer successfully kept it a secret – even while coaxing and prodding him to attend the EXPO amid his great work load. The panel of Judges included Renae Hesselink, Vice President of Sustainability at Nichols Paper & Supply; Aileen Leipprandt, Construction Law Attorney at Hilger Hammond (and former CSI Chapter Member); Greg Metz, AIA, Principal with Lott3 Metz Architecture; and Michael Verhulst, Vice President Rockford Construction. The EXPI Award recipient was none other than the distinguished Director of Grand Valley Facilities Planning Department, Dr. James Moyer, who had to be tricked into visiting the EXPO by his co-workers.

Since I had another Veterans’ Board Meeting to attend, I had to leave after 6 p.m. deadline and did not really get an opportunity to meet and greet all the CSI members who were there. I apologize for any other people whom I may have missed. The following CSI members were in attendance:

Christopher Alexander Progressive AE
Charlie Appleby MWA Firestone
Ed Avink Progressive AE
Scott Baker Partition Systems
Gary Biemers GB Consulting
Bruce Burgess Mull-It-Over
Jim Collins C2AE
Pat Corderman Rockford Construction
Justin DeMarco BASF
Stan Elenbaas Erhardt Construction
Steve Marks Progressive AE
Jeff Mullins J2 Sales
Fred Hall (Emeritus) consultant
Brad Hayden Tremco
Entire Office Staff Double S Craftsmen and Supply
Gary Johnson TPTA
Jeff Murphy Progressive AE
Charlie Smith Hardware Agents
David Trudell Trudell Architectural Consulting

Author: Christopher Alexander

Christopher is a registered Architect and Architectural Revit Coordinator at Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to Revit and BIM, he dapples in web design, CSI, and enjoys spending time with his wife, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old.

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