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Construction job growth in Idaho has leveled off (access required)

Construction workers at a Boise building site.

The heady days of 2015 and 2016, where Idaho frequently led the nation with double-digit growth in construction jobs, seems to have tempered in 2017. The number of construction jobs in Idaho did reach a nine-year high at 44,500 in ...

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Long-awaited 5th and Idaho Apartments start construction

5th and Idaho Apartments will start construction two years after the project was announced. Image courtesy of Hummel Architects.

Construction will start June 26 on the long anticipated 81-unit Fifth and Idaho Apartments in Old Boise. The project has secured a $14 million construction loan from CBRE Capital Markets, the Seattle office of the real estate finance firm announced. ...

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Report finds noon hour most dangerous for construction workers (access required)

Workers at a construction site in Boise.

Upending long-held beliefs, a national trades group released a report in June finding that construction accidents are more common at the noon hour than any other time of the day. That was just one piece of conventional wisdom that was ...

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Big ideas, small houses


Dana Zuckerman has done a lot of explaining since she decided to put four very small houses on one third-acre lot in the far reaches of Boise’s North End. The houses, three with one bedroom and one with two bedrooms, ...

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Two young educators team up to build a new charter school in Garden City

Future Public School will have a three-story structure on 42nd Street in Garden City. Image courtesy of erstad ARCHITECTS.

Two educators thought they would each build their own charter school in Boise, anchored with their $120,000 Idaho New School Fellowships from Bluum, a Boise-based new school incubator network. After Brad Petersen and Amanda Cox spent time together in the ...

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Whitetail Club opens clubhouse in McCall

The Whitetail Club in McCall converted a 17,000-square-foot lakeside house into a clubhouse for the private community. Photo courtesy of Whitetail Club.

A 17,000-square-foot rock-wood-and-window home in McCall has been converted into a long-sought clubhouse for the Whitetail Club private community adjoining Shore Lodge. The lakeside clubhouse offers a restaurant with outdoor patio, an indoor/outdoor bar, a lounge and library, a business ...

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Bi-Mart expects to build a store in Star (access required)

Eugene, Ore.-based membership department store chain Bi-Mart has new stores in the works in Star and Kuna. Bi-Mart should start construction in Star sometime in fall with a projected spring 2018 opening. The Kuna stores behind Ridley’s Family Market on ...

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Two historic Portland highrises are becoming one (access required)

The Woodlark Building and Cornelius Hotel on Southwest Alder Street in downtown Portland are being combined to form the Woodlark Hotel, which is expected to open in spring 2018. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

At nine or 10 stories – depending how you count the original mezzanine – the Woodlark Building was one of Portland’s early skyscrapers. When its ribbon was cut in 1912, the Sunday Oregonian declared it “one of the most modern ...

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AGC launches new campaign to keep highway workers safe (access required)

Workers paving a street

Some 44 percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. ...

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