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Trades building colorful-kid friendly hospital in Troy

TROY - The new Children's Hospital of Michigan-Troy will have all the primary colors on the outside, and a full gamut of pediatric, primary care health care resources on the inside with its scheduled opening in September.

The Detroit Medical Center's $42 million project, under construction at 350 W. Big Beaver just east of I-75, will encompass three stories and 63,000 square feet. Key services in the new outpatient facility will include a 24-7 pediatric emergency room, day surgery and multiple pediatric medical and surgical specialties especially for children, including cancer and infusion therapy, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, urology, imaging and lab services. ..

Contractors 'extremely optimistic' for 2015 prospects

The nation’s building industry may be primed for a breakout year in 2015, with 80 percent of construction contractors planning to expand their payrolls. ..

U.S. construction industry moving back on track

WASHINGTON – U.S. construction starts will rise a healthy 9 percent to $612 billion next year, according to the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook released Nov. 6 by Dodge Data & Analytics. That’s following an anticipated 5 percent gain in 2014, and solid gains each year since 2012. ..

Survey indicates construction will have better pay; fewer, poorly trained workers

Construction industry personnel shortages wasn’t the only thing on the minds of U.S. contractors responding to the Associated General Contractors industry survey, released Oct. 22. ..

Hockey arena construction attracts Detroit residents

DETROIT – “One District. Many opportunities.” That was the theme placed on the “Detroit Resident Career Opportunity Expo” held Oct. 28 at Cobo Center. ..

Long reach, nice work at U-M’s Granger Lab renovation

Erected in 1958, the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor is getting renovated, big time. ..

Masonry work restores state's only aquarium

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U.S. construction rises 5% this year ..

Trades rehabilitate old bridge to open Camp Liberty to vets

BROOKLYN, MI – The Raisin River isn’t very wide or deep as it meanders through farmland a few miles northeast of this town in the Irish Hills in Jackson County. ..

More of the same, with slow growth for construction

Michigan gained 4,300 construction jobs from July 2013 to July 2014, another ho-hum increase that reflects a national trend of painfully slow but generally steady upward monthly increases in employment. ..