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Construction starts on 135-unit development in downtown Kalamazoo

The Hinman Company and AVB Inc held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the corner of Rose and Lovell streets, the future site of a mixed-use, four-story development.

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Published: 12/07/18

Corner @ Drake development continues at Stadium Drive and Drake Road

Construction continues at the new shopping center, Corner Shoppes @ Stadium, along Stadium Drive and Drake Road.

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Published: 03/07/18

Plans for new Portage Fire Station No. 2 moving along

Construction could come later this year on a new Portage Fire Station No. 2 next door to the current station on Oakland Drive, with AVB handling the construction management services. 

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Published: 03/07/18

Kohrman Hall being renovated to house product design facilities

AVB began demolition and construction activities in December as part of a renovation project to make the first and third floors of Western Michigan University's Central Kohrman Hall a world-class home for the product design program.

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Published: 02/20/18

Borgess Health Announces New Expansion Project

Borgess Medical Center will expand its facilities over the next two years, primarily adding a second floor to the Stryker Center, the hospital's outpatient treatment area. AVB is excited to be a part of this exciting project!

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Published: 02/01/18

Consumers Credit Union Opens Huge New Headquarters

Consumers Credit Union has a new corporate headquarters. It was designed by HOK, a leading global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. AVB of Portage was the construction manager and Kalamazoo's Bosch Architecture assisted as a consultant to the process.

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Published: 01/17/18

Credit union moves into new headquarters

Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union has opened its new headquarters. Portage-based, AVB was the contractor.

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Published: 01/05/18

Consumers Credit Union moves to new headquarters

Nearly 150 Consumers Credit Union employees from four different locations have come together in one new three-story, 92,000-square-foot headquarters. Kalamazoo-based AVB Inc. was the construction manager.

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Published: 01/05/18

Drake Road Tap House to go in Corner@Drake shopping center near Costco

Look for the Millennium Restaurant Group to open another of its Tap House tavern/restaurants in the coming months near the Costco Warehouse Membership Club store in Corner @ Drake.

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Published: 09/26/17

Portage clears way for five-story Trade Centre office building

The AVB and Hinman Company team development of a key gateway to Portage continues with the approval of a new five-story office building at 650 Trade Centre Way along I-94 near South Westnedge Avenue.

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Published: 05/02/17

Home builders busy, bullish on housing market in Portage

Home builders are busy putting up new developments in Portage. Hear what local builders, including AVB, Allen Edwin Homes, and Roberts Built Homes have to say about the booming market.

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Published: 04/25/17

Holiday Inns will be part of $100M shopping center by U.S. 131

A Holiday Inn & Suites and a Holiday Inn Express will be the first two hotels to become established at the Westgate development, the 140-acre retail, commercial and residential area that is under development along U.S. 131 north of West Main Street.

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Published: 04/19/17

Kellogg Community Credit Union Ribbon Cutting at their New Branch at the Corner@Drake in Kalamazoo

Kellogg Community Credit Union (KCCU) recently held a ribbon cutting celebration at their new branch located at 1650 South Drake Road in Kalamazoo, in the Corner@Drake development.

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Published: 02/23/17

Impact Label Corp. takes on next stage of growth with new Galesburg facility

After more than 50 years operating in the same building, Impact Label Corp. has relocated its headquarters from Kalamazoo to Galesburg. Read about their story and decision to move as well as take a look at their new facility built by AVB.

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Published: 01/23/17

AVB Recently Hired New Business Development Associate

AVB recently hired Blake Krum as a business development associate.

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Published: 01/11/17

AVB Recently Hires New Residential Construction Framer and New Residential Construction Intern

AVB recently hired Charles Ludlow as a Residential Construction Framer and Stephen Timmer as a Residential Estimating Intern.

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Published: 01/11/17

AVB Recently Hired New Commercial Construction Project Engineer and Assistant Superintendent

AVB recently hired Ben Lawson as a commercial construction project engineer and assistant superintendent. 

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Published: 01/11/17

AVB Recently Hired New Commercial Construction Project Engineer

AVB recently hired Daniel Burns as a commercial construction project engineer. 

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Published: 01/11/17

$6 million YMCA building, 14 new jobs planned with Kalamazoo expansion

To offer more services and better serve the community, YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo is undergoing a $6 million expansion. Local firm TowerPinkster was hired as the architect and AVB will manage the construction.

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Published: 11/09/16

Control Solutions Inc. Considers AVB as one of the Top Green Builders in Michigan

Control Solutions Inc. has compiled a list of 15 commercial builders in Michigan who emphasize environmentally friendly and sustainable building practices and AVB made the cut! 

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Published: 11/09/16

More development planned near Costco and Field & Stream

Look for a new credit union, a new bank and a cluster of smaller "unique" retailers in the Corner@Drake development that houses the Costco warehouse membership club store at Stadium Drive and Drake Road.

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Published: 10/14/16

New grocery store, retail space, to move in at corner of Drake and Stadium

Corner@Drake was in the news - check out the segment and article about our new Corner Shoppes@Drake development in this WWMT News Channel 3 publication. 

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Published: 09/09/16

Old National Bank to build a West Michigan HQ at Stadium and Drake

Old National Bank plans to build a regional headquarters for West Michigan at the growing shopping center at The Corner@Drake located on the corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road.

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Published: 05/06/16

Retail Shopping Center to be Constructed in Corner@Drake Development

Within weeks construction will begin on a retail center, the latest project at the Corner@Drake, developed by AVB at the interchange of US-131 and Stadium Drive.

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Published: 05/05/16

New Portage YMCA Addition Receives Enthusiastic Community Response

The Kalamazoo community welcomes the YMCA Portage branch's new full access locker room.

The new locker room opened this week to enthusiastic response, said Steve Springsdorf, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo.

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Published: 03/31/16

New Field & Stream at the Corner@Drake Grand Opening April 1st

Field & Stream, the outdoor recreation concept of Dick's Sporting Goods, is set to open west of Kalamazoo on April 1.

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Published: 03/28/16

AVB Hires New Residential Service Technician

AVB recently hired Ron Schauer as the Residential Service Technician. See his press release in MLive's "People on the Move" here.

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Published: 02/24/16

AVB Hires New Commercial Construction Intern

AVB recently hired Paul Hebert as a Commercial Construction Intern. See his press release in MLive's "People on the Move" here.

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Published: 02/24/16

AVB Hires New Receptionist

AVB recently hired Karleigh Pleyer as a Receptionist. See her press release in MLive's "People on the Move" here.

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Published: 02/24/16

New Kalamazoo County Family Court Building Unveiled

A dedication ceremony Friday unveiled the $23 million facility that will soon be the new home of the family division of Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

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Published: 02/22/16

AVB Hires Residential Construction Assistants

AVB recently hired Dylan Richards and Andrew Adriance as Residential Construction Assistants. See their press release in MLive's "People on the Move" here.

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Published: 01/21/16

AVB Wins Chicago Architect 2015 Design Excellence Award

Located on a research campus of Western Michigan University, the Newell Rubbermaid Design Center was created to support collaborative teams of designers to develop new products that are as small as a pen and as large as backyard storage shed.  A tangible symbol of the manufacturer’s commitment to design and innovation, the center is a place where multiple disciplines can come to together to achieve better outcomes than they would have separately.

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Published: 12/11/15

'Gorgeous Borgess Babies' are winners at Golf Outing

The Borgess Golf for Health welcomed 109 golfers at Gull Lake Country Club, outside Richland, on Monday, July 21, for the Borgess Foundation’s 23rd annual golf outing. The event raised $35,733, with proceeds from this year’s event supporting the Borgess Birthing Center.

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Published: 07/31/14

AVB hires Commercial Construction Intern

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Published: 07/24/14

AVB hires IT Support Technician

AVB recently hired Dan Ruple as an IT Support Technician. He joins AVB in order to provide technology systems support and management. Ruple is currently attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College and plans to transfer to Davenport University to obtain a Bachelor’s in Technology Project Management.

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Published: 07/24/14

AVB hires Project Estimator

AVB recently hired Mohanad Al-najjar as Project Estimator. He joins AVB with a background in civil engineering and will utilize his experience to estimate project costs and handle construction scheduling for commercial projects. Al-najjar received his Masters of Science in Construction Engineering and Management...

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Published: 07/24/14

AVB hires Residential Project Manager

AVB recently hired Larry Brownyard as a Residential Project Manager. Brownyard joins AVB to manage communication between trade contractors, suppliers and clients, as well as overseeing operational aspects of home building projects. Brownyard has over twenty years of experience...

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Published: 07/24/14

Costco's 'yes' to Oshtemo Township land deal brought sigh of relief to developer Joe Gesmundo

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – When Costco said "yes," developer Joe Gesmundo was relieved. "It was just really, really complicated," Gesmundo said of negotiating contracts and making plans for the 150,000-square-foot store, which will be the anchor tenant in a $70-million redevelopment of a wooded, residential area at the northwest corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road.

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Published: 07/20/14

AVB Gets Nod to Build Condos at Angels Crossing

After five years of building an alliance with one of the top design-build construction companies in southwest Michigan, the Vicksburg Village Council passed a resolution to allow the necessary infrastructure improvements so that construction of a condominium community to be known as Bridgeview at Angels Crossing can begin.

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Published: 07/03/14

Vicksburg signs agreement for development of condos next to Angels Crossing Golf Club

VICKSBURG, MI – It took longer than expected but the village of Vicksburg finally has an agreement with a Portage-based developer to build a multi-million-dollar condo project next to the Angels Crossing Golf Club. The two parties signed the agreement after the Vicksburg Village Council approved it Thursday in which the village will pay $540,000 for infrastructure such as roads, signs, lighting and landscaping...

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Published: 06/20/14

AVB hires Selections Coordinator

AVB recently hired Shelbie Boschman as a Selections Coordinator.  Starting her career in interior design, Boschman’s role at AVB includes assisting in finish selections for various residences, facilitating documents such as change orders and selection sheets, as well as participating in the Parade of Homes.

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Published: 06/05/14

AVB hires David Innes as Project Engineer

AVB hires David Innes as Project Engineer AVB recently hired David Innesas a Project Engineer. His role at AVB includes material take offs, RFI’s, and updating project site drawings, documentation and submittals. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE), Innes recently completed his senior year...

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Published: 06/05/14

AVB hires Nathan J. Veenstra as Assistant Superintendent

AVB recently hired Nathan J. Veenstra as Assistant Superintendent. His role with AVB includes scheduling, site safety, and ensuring quality control for our commercial construction projects. Veenstra is OSHA certified and has years of construction experience he now brings to AVB.

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Published: 05/08/14

AVB hires CAD Designer and Marketing Intern

AVB recently hired Austin McCollum as a CAD Designer and Taylor Brown as a Marketing Intern. McCollum is responsible for creating construction documents for residential projects using programs such as AutoCAD and Revit. Brown’s role with AVB includes the marketing development of print and online media content.

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Published: 03/27/14

Hilton Homewood Suites hotel construction in Portage set to begin this summer

PORTAGE, MI – Construction will begin this summer on the new Hilton Homewood Suites hotel at the Trade Centre along I-94 near South Westnedge Avenue. The 97-suites hotel next to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel that opened last year was cleared for construction this week by the Portage Planning Commission with final approval of the site plan.

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Published: 03/08/14

Downtown Kalamazoo Walgreens to open March 28...

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Walgreens pharmacy that has been taking shape in downtown Kalamazoo in recently months is nearing completion. It is scheduled to open at 760 W. Michigan Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo on Friday, March 28, according to the Deerfield, Ill.-based pharmacy chain

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Published: 02/24/14

AVB hires Project Engineer

AVB recently hired Wendy Lockner as a Project Engineer.  Lockner is responsible for coordinating all necessary documents and communications for commercial projects. Lockner completed both her Bachelor of Science, as well as her Master of Public Health from the University of Connecticut, graduating with honors.

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Published: 02/13/14

AVB hires Project Manager and Project Engineer

AVB recently hired Jacqueline DeNoyer as Project Manager as well as Elizabeth Lynch as Project Engineer. Recently returning from living and working in Tarija, Bolivia, DeNoyer has U.S. and international experience in the construction industry. Lynch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Davenport University...

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Published: 02/13/14

AVB hires two new Project Engineers

AVB recently hired Rebecca Belinski and Andrew Schipper as Project Engineers.  Their roles with AVB include setting up and maintaining online Project Document Manager (PDM), as well as handling RFIs, and project correspondence. Belinski first graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in English...

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Published: 12/16/13

Chicago Fire owner building soccer dome on North Side

In a move to grow his team's recreational leagues and broaden its fan base in the city, Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman is building a $15 million to $20 million, 140,000-square-foot soccer facility on the city's North Side.

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Published: 12/16/13

AVB hires two new Office Interns

AVB recently hired Josie Marshall and Jessica Fritz as Office Interns. Marshall’s role consists of receiving and answering inquiries, and supporting the accounting team at AVB. Fritz handles calls and assists in maintaining office functions.

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Published: 12/16/13

AVB hires HR Manager

AVB recently hired Krista Manley as Human Resources Manager. With a strong history of Human Resource experience, Manley is now putting her experience to work at AVB. Manley graduated from Western Michigan University majoring in Management-Human Resources with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.

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Published: 12/16/13

Costco Warehouse Club Plan Pushes Ahead

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – Plans to build a Costco warehouse club store at Drake Road and Stadium Drive pushed ahead Thursday night with approval of its site plan application by the Oshtemo Township Planning Commission.

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Published: 12/13/13