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Climate Change & Storm Water Management

Rain Garden on Miller Rd, Ann Arbor Storm water management is a complex and layered process. On the surface, it’s about how much impact a development has on existing storm water runoff, which is complex in itself. On a closer look, it’s a multi-team engagement in which individuals work together...

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Historic Thompson Block

Engineering the landscape and accessibility for a historic structure is a rewarding challenge. At Midwestern we’re practiced at facilitating such challenges. This makes the experience smooth and forward moving. Time is money, and both need due attention during a complex historic project. One is the illustrious and legendary Thompson Block....

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Building Talent and Community: We Have an Intern!

Based from our long-standing experience and perspective in the local market, we noticed that there is opportunity to invest in cultivating rising talent within Michigan. We can better our commitment to the Michigan community by giving local talent the opportunity to build their skills in state. This way local talent...

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Clicks & Bricks: Retail Lessons from the ICSC

The theme this year at the International Council of Shopping Centers was “Clicks & Bricks: Stronger Retail Together.” Costco, Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor Lessons Learned Many brick and mortar retailers are partnering with companies like Amazon (Nike, Costco, Kohls and Sears are examples) due to the increasing user demand for online purchase...

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New and Innovative Projects

Midwestern works on projects in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Southeast Michigan and beyond. We’re proud of our clients, the design teams we work with, and the communities we work in. Now and then we show off the work we do by sharing it here. Two current projects under construction are the Collegian North,...

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Trends We are Watching This Year

Industry and Market demands ebb and flow. Over the years we’ve seen various trends gain favor, and others fade away. Informed by our 2017 experiences and historical presence in the market, we predict the following trends in 2018: Residential Narrow Lot Lot Sizes Continued market push to small, single-family home...

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Staying Prepared: 3 Reasons We Use Autodesk

Building diverse and user-friendly solutions for clients is the primary function of hundreds of businesses—and with good reason. Powerful tech solutions are necessary for companies to thrive in today’s competitive market. While we’re not in tech, we do use powerful technology solutions all the time. Autodesk is a powerful part...

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Floodplain Management

Strolling along a local creek can be very relaxing. Proposing to build along that creek, is not. Why? Floodplains, which you’ve probably heard of by now. If you’ve built in Washtenaw County—especially Ann Arbor—you’ve likely dealt with the restrictions and requirements regarding building within floodplains. Because much of the higher...

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We Did It: Now Let’s Do Great Things

We said we’d do it, and we did. December 1st marked our first day in the office. We think of 1967 as one of our best years because it was our first in Metro Detroit. As you might know, we’ve worked on dozens of projects and properties in the Detroit...

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Midwestern’s Big News: Opening New Detroit Office

We have good news, and we didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you. People say you reflect the people you surround yourself with. We’re honored and thankful to have spent over four decades working in Detroit, surrounded by the local community. We’ve worked on projects with the city...

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