Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA)

The Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan (CWDA) was formed by three trade organizations that want to encourage talented young people to put their minds and hands to work in the growing, exciting and rewarding field of construction: the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of West Michigan (ABCWM), American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) […]

Vocational Village at the Parnall Correctional Facility

The Michigan Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our Vocational Village at the Parnall Correctional Facility.  You are cordially invited to attend the Open House to showcase our training facility and programming on Wednesday, August 30th. The Vocational Village is a first-of-its-kind Skilled Trades training program that aims to provide a […]

Grand Rapids Public Schools – Academy of Design and Construction

Academy for Design & Construction (ADC) appeals to students grades 9-12 with an interest in architecture, engineering, design, and construction by enriching its academic program with the active involvement of professionals and partnerships with business, trade organizations, institutions, and universities. In addition to integrating the themes of design and construction throughout the curriculum, ADC exposes […]

Next Generation/Workforce Development

The Next Generation/Workforce Development efforts aim to support the next generation of housing industry professionals. Through fundraising events, community partnerships, and educational programs, we can prepare students for the industry. The committee strive to support current members through the recruitment, training, and retention of talent for their individual companies and our industry. With community partners and […]

Late Sworn Statement Dooms Subcontractor’s Construction Lien Claim

HBA Member  Hilger Hammond  recently posted this on their blog and we felt it was important to share… By Aileen Leipprandt, Hilger Hammond A contractor learned a hard lesson in Apache Carpet & Floor Covering, LLC v Banah Corporation (April 2013). In that case, the contractor, Banah, provided extensive improvements to a church construction project. […]

2015 Michigan Residential Code Changes

The new 2015 Michigan Residential Code (MRC), filed with the Secretary of State on October 9, 2015, becomes effective on February 8, 2016. It has been six years since the last code book was released and there are many changes.  The information below may be helpful in identifying the key differences between the 2009 MRC, 2012 […]

Industry Contracts

As a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids you have access to a wide variety of contracts. These powerful contracts were initially developed in 1998 by a member attorney and a select group of builders. They have stood the test of time and litigation.  The contracts have recently been revised to reflect the most current construction laws and codes. They not […]

Fair Housing Act Design Manual

First published in 1996, the Fair Housing Act Design Manual: A Manual to Assist Designers and Builders in Meeting the Accessibility Requirements of The Fair Housing Act provides clear and helpful guidance about ways to design and construct housing which complies with the Fair Housing Act.  The manual also includes information on accessible design approaches. […]

Looking to save money at the gas pump?

Gas Prices Have you Down? Take advantage of the HBA SuperFleet member discount program.  SuperFleet is a credit card designed for commercial customers accepted at all Speedway’s, Marathons, Rich’s Oil & Pilot Travel Centers. No annual or monthly fees Volume rebates posted on monthly bills Competitive pricing Over 7,000 locations nationwide Online account management SuperFleet® […]

Safety first for residential builders – MIOSHA Resources

Safety first! More job sites, more employees, more activity, and tight schedules.  Don’t let this mean safety is taking a low priority on-site! Residential construction has been experiencing moderate growth during the past few years which has contributed to higher injury rates and fatalities in construction.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the […]