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Graves Hall Adaptive Restoration at Hope College Honored by Architects Group

HOLLAND – The recent adaptive restoration of Graves Hall has earned honorable mention in the Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) 2010 Honor Awards program.

The award was presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25, held in conjunction with a reception at the 38 Commerce building in Grand Rapids that recognized projects by area architects in several categories.  Graves Hall was recognized for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened in August 2009 after a year-long, $5.7 million, adaptive restoration that has emphasized a return to the building’s original character while updating the 19th-century landmark for use in the 21st.

The architect was Philip M. Davis of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. of Grand Rapids.  Construction manager for the project was Lakewood Construction Inc.

Saugatuck Township discussing vote on wind farm ordinance

SAUGATUCK TWP., Mich. (WZZM) -- The Holland Board of Public Works wants to bring wind energy to West Michigan and they say the best spots to generate that are on the Lakeshore.

Saugatuck Township is being cited as a prime location for wind turbine developments.

Monday the township's planning commission will consider an ordinance regulating wind power.

"We knew that we didn't have sufficient regulation for [introducing wind farms]," said Township Planning  Chairman Larry Edris. "So as a preemptive move, we decided to adopt a wind energy ordinance."

Edris says Monday's meeting is the final piece of the ordinance before a final vote. The board is trying to determine whether to allow the Turbines to be more than 300 ft., a current city regulation for similar structures.

Major NSF Grant Funds Expansion of “Supercomputer”

HOLLAND – A major instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a supercomputer housed at Hope College is going to help make a successful collaborative effort even better.

The award, $299,942 through the NSF’s “Major Research Instrumentation” program, is funding the purchase of a “cluster” of 50 computers with 600 compute cores for use by faculty and student research teams at the eight colleges and universities, including Hope, that comprise the “Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium.”

The new equipment will expand the existing cluster of 60 computers with 120 compute cores installed at Hope during 2005-06 when the consortium consisted of four institutions.  The project reflects the increased demand as the consortium has become larger and the cutting-edge research being conducted requires even greater capacity, according to Dr.

Holland police arrest 3 teens for stealing from unlocked vehicles

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland Police have arrested three teenagers in connection with numerous thefts from cars throughout the city.

Police were notified early Sunday morning about suspicious activity near 24th Street and Maple. The caller provided a description of the suspects and the vehicle involved.

Police located the vehicle as it was leaving the area. Officers found several GPS devices, an iPhone and iPod and other items.

The suspects involved include a 19-year-old Holland male, a 18-year-old Holland male and a 17-year-old Zeeland male. One subject was arrested at the scene on an unrelated charge.

Police located at least four people who had their items stolen and returned the stolen property.  Authorities say most of the items were taken from unlocked cars.


Eagle Scout Collects 300 Coats for His Harvest Stand

Zeeland, MI - 13 year old Boy Scout from Troop 21 of Zeeland, Benjamin Bartels, has collected 300 coats for His Harvest Stand.  Benjamin created a competition between Zeeland Christian School, Zeeland Cityside Middle School and Zeeland Creekside Middle School. The competition lasted from September 13 to September 24, 2010. 
The Winning Schools are:
Most Coats Collected: Zeeland Christian (112)
Most Coats Collected as a Percentage of the Student Body: Zeeland Creekside (17%)

Photo(left to right): Greg Eding, Principal Zeeland Creekside MS; Jon Voss, Principal Zeeland Cityside MS; Ben Bartels (scout uniform); William VanDyk, Principal, Zeeland Christian; Paul Scholten, His Harvest Stand

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Dwelling Place celebrating anniversary

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)- A Grand Rapids property management firm is celebrating three decades of service to West Michigan. Dwelling Place manages more than 1,000 homes and apartments in 24 different communities. And, it is expanding.

You can read more about it in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Zeeland East dominates Wyoming Park, stays undefeated

WYOMING (WZZM) -- Brad Horling scored five touchdowns in the first half in leading Zeeland East to a 53-7 win over Wyoming Park.

The first of Horling's touchdowns came on the opening series, a 40-yard run to give the Chix a 7-0 lead. A six-yard Horling score put the Chix up 14-0 after one quarter.

Keegan Denuyl extended the lead to 20-0 with a three yard run in the second quarter. A 45-yard run from Horling made it 26-0 and the Chix would cruise from there.