Built Environment Showcase

MSU Shield graphic showcasing the Built Environment Showcse.Purpose

The Built Environment Showcase (BES) was held in 2012 and 2014 in East Lansing. At these events, the School of Planning, Design and Construction and its partners gathered built environment industry professionals, State government representatives and MSU leaders to discuss ways to increase partnerships, economic development and placemaking opportunities, and more.

The purpose of the Showcase was to:

  • Demonstrate the impact of the built environment sector in the State of Michigan.
  • Create public/private partnerships with MSU, State government and others on the connection between place and the new economic development paradigm.
  • Identify opportunities for new development in changing markets.
  • Show how to turn placemaking opportunities into money.
  • Network with exhibitors and professionals from the built environment industry.

Why SPDC Hosted the Showcase

As the “Pioneer Land Grant University,” MSU is positioned to facilitate conversations between different sectors of the built environment, and to act as a catalyst in the creation of public/private partnerships that have the potential to increase economic growth and development.

Why is this important? The industries and professions that create the built environment rarely interact with each other in a comprehensive manner as a team for regional change. The idea was to:

  • Identify new opportunities;
  • Reduce costs and time delays;
  • Work in teams to create positive change in our communities and in the state; and
  • Create new partnerships with cities, and governmental and funding agencies.

By bringing together the built environment creators, a goal of BES is to provide the opportunity for the sharing of ideas between these different sectors that could lead to potential public/private partnerships, the resolution of current issues and the creation new visions for the future.

Building on the success of the first conference in 2012, SPDC, along with the MSU Land Policy Institute, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Prima Civitas, co-hosted the second BES to showcase the top industries in Michigan’s built environment sector and the positive impact they have had throughout the state.

This event featured several industry and State and national leaders who presented new research and case studies examples on placemaking and its effects on the built environment in Michigan, an update on the economic impact and situation of the industry in the state and a panel discussion by bankers on investing in our places. The public were able to engage with these leaders and industry representatives throughout the event.

Advisory Board

An Advisory Board, consisting of a cross section of the built environment sector, was formed to help vision the development of BES. This board includes leaders and company owners in Michigan’s built environment industries.

2012 and 2014

  • Jon Allen, Consumers Energy Company.
  • Alan Cobb, Albert Kahn Family of Companies.
  • John Clark, Clark Construction Company.
  • Donald Davis, Barton Malow Company.
  • Glenn Granger, Granger Construction.
  • Darshan Grewal, Singh Building Company, Inc.
  • Joseph Maguire, Wolverine Development Corporation and the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities.
  • Michael Mazor, Fellow at Dow Chemical.
  • Len Pilon, Haworth, Inc.
  • Karen Schroeder, Mayberry Homes.
  • Jay Smith, The Christman Company (2014 only).
  • Matt Syal, School of Planning, Design and Construction.
  • Gilbert White, Public Sector Consultant.

BES Partners


  • MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.


  • MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.
  • MSU Land Policy Institute.
  • MSU Auxiliary Enterprises.
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
  • Prima Civitas.

Vendor Showcase

The Vendor Showcase featured the accomplishments of the built environment industries and professions, recognizing the impact they have on local, state and national economies. The showcase brought together representatives from all aspects from this sector to discuss the latest common interests and plan an agenda for a brighter tomorrow.


  • Albert Kahn, and Associates, Inc.
  • Barton Malow Company.
  • Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
  • Clark Construction Company.
  • The Christman Company.
  • Conservation Design Forum.
  • Construction Association of Michigan.
  • Consumers Energy.
  • E.T. MacKenzie Company.
  • Granger Construction.
  • Hamilton-Anderson Associates.
  • Haworth, Inc.
  • Hobbs + Black Architects.
  • Integrated Architecture.
  • MSU Land Policy Institute.
  • Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc.
  • Landscape Forms.
  • LiveRoof LLC.
  • Mayberry Homes.
  • Michigan Energy Options.
  • M.P.C. Cashway Lumber.
  • MSU Physical Plant.
  • O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates, Inc.
  • PM Environmental.
  • Rockford Construction.
  • MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.
  • Society for Environmentally Responsible Facilities.
  • Singh Development Company.
  • Smith Group/JJR.


  • Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
  • Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
  • Brasco International, Inc.
  • Ferguson Development.
  • Gillespie Group.
  • Hamilton Anderson Associates.
  • Inhabitect, LLC.
  • Integrated Architecture.
  • MSU Land Policy Institute.
  • Landscape Architects & Planners.
  • LandUse|USA.
  • LiveRoof, LLC and LiveWall, LLC.
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
  • PM Environmental.
  • Prima Civitas.
  • MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.
  • SPDC PlacePlans.
  • SPDC World Class Built Environment Projects.