Plante Moran CRESA Receives Impact Award from Commercial Real Estate Women Detroit for New BAE Systems Site in Sterling Heights: Plante Moran CRESA, a fully integrated independent real estate transaction and consulting firm, received an Impact award from Commercial Real Estate Women Detroit at the CREW Detroit annual Impact awards luncheon. The Impact awards, among the most prominent honors in the Greater Detroit commercial real estate community, recognize recently completed, multi-disciplinary projects in Southeast Michigan that demonstrate a significant, positive impact on the communities where they are built. Projects are awarded in three categories: new development, redevelopment and special impact. Plante Moran CRESA received an Impact award in the new development category for its work with international defense contractor BAE Systems on BAE’s new 230,000-square-foot site in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Plante Moran CRESA served as owner’s representative and project manager on the engagement, which successfully transformed a long-vacant, former TRW plant into a modern research and development/engineering facility that opened in March 2012 and is designed to house 650 employees. The BAE site is a zero landfill facility, with no waste from the construction of the facility going to landfills, and the development has been submitted for LEED Gold certification. Plante Moran CRESA is an independent commercial real estate transaction and consulting firm exclusively representing buyers and lessors in the delivery of fully integrated real estate services, including tenant representation, project management and strategic real estate consulting. Plante Moran CRESA’s multidisciplinary team provides unbiased advocacy to a distinguished list of clients seeking to uncover all of their options regarding project feasibility, asset positioning, capital markets, portfolio management, national site selection and incentives. Plante Moran CRESA is affiliated with Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms. To learn more about Plante Moran CRESA, visit www.pmcresa.com.
Baker Named MIlitary Friendly School: Baker College Online officials announced that it has once again been named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media Inc., a premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-schools nationwide. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology. A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in October 2012. Baker College Online and the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies are part of Baker College, the largest private college in Michigan. Both are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Center for Graduate Studies MBA program is also accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. The Baker Online MBA program is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s “E-Learning Online Graduate Programs: Business – Regionally Accredited Programs,” and has been ranked as one of the first established, largest and best value online MBA programs in the nation. Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution, serving more than 40,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. More at www.baker.edu.