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Northwest coalition works to create safety guide (access required)

Ali Vahed, right, safety risk analyst for McKinstry, is shown here working with safety director Jason Englebrecht. Vahed is a member of a coalition seeking to create a safe practices guide for the mechanical construction trades. (Photo courtesy of McKinstry)

Sheet metal workers, plumbers and pipe fitters have some of the highest injury rates in the building industry, and McKinstry has spearheaded a coalition to do something about it. McKinstry, a Seattle-based mechanical contractor with an office in Portland, has ...

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Grove Plaza has reopened (access required)

A new Grove Plaza opened surrounded by a new Boise Centre East and Clearwater Building. Photo by Teya Vitu.

The Grove Plaza reopened Nov. 11 after a six-month, brick-by-brick reconstruction of downtown Boise’s iconic gathering place. The plaza had been largely fenced off since May 19 as all the bricks and the old fountain were removed and replaced with ...

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Housing for the homeless is on the way in Boise’s West End (access required)

A four-story apartment complex specifically for the chronically homeless will be built at Fairview and 23rd Street in Boise. Image courtesy of erstad Architects.

A development team has been selected to build Boise’s first apartment complex for the chronically homeless at the corner of Fairview Avenue and 23rd Street in the city’s West End. The public-private Housing First partnership selected Boise Pacific NIHC Associates ...

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Clamping down on jobsite bullies (access required)

Journeyman laborer David Oancea says he experienced harassment on the job while working for a local contractor due to his age, physical size, and religious beliefs. Photo by Sam Tenney of the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Generations of rookie construction workers have been asked to fetch the “board stretcher” when they mistakenly cut one too short. This practical joke works best the more the rookie’s co-workers play along, passing off the younger worker many times around ...

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Home Depot raises outlook as Americans spend on homes

Workers at a Treasure Valley home construction site.

Home Depot, benefiting from falling unemployment, still-low mortgage rates and rising home prices, raised its outlook for the year on Nov. 15 as sales surged in the third quarter and customers spent more with each visit. The home improvement retailer ...

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U.S. home construction jumps by largest amount in 34 years

A home under construction.

Builders broke ground on the most new homes in nine years last month, a response to strong demand that should lift the economy. Home construction soared 25.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted 1.3 million in October, the Commerce Department said ...

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New hotels are expected to generate $11.5 million for Boise (access required)


New hotels opening in Downtown Boise in 2017 will generate an additional $11.5 million for the area, according to a 2015 lodging market study commissioned by the City of Boise. The hospitality research firm PKF Consulting studied the lodging market ...

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A wake-up call for tired office spaces (access required)

An employee lounge and kitchen space at JLLÕs new Pearl District office, which was designed by GBD Architects, has a casual ambiance consistent with the market for creative office design. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

As projects to create creative office space continue to abound in Portland, interior design has branched out. Spaces increasingly have more fun amenities and ambiences more like a home than a workplace. The current market for interior office design “isn’t ...

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Coleman Homes looks to increase homebuilding with Toll Brothers backing (access required)

An example of The Alexander, a home in the Coleman Homes’ Countryside Collection. Photo courtesy of Coleman Homes.

Meridian-based Coleman Homes expects to double its 2015 luxury home production numbers in the Treasure Valley in the coming year after its purchase by national home building powerhouse Toll Brothers. “We hope to grow to 400 homes next year or ...

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Meridian opens an outdoor gym (access required)

Meridian's first outdoor gym is at Tully Park. Photo courtesy of city of Meridian.

Meridian opened an outdoor gym Nov. 14 at Tully Park, an initiative driven by youth at the invitation of the Meridian City Council. The outdoor gym emerged as the idea of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, which was looking for ...

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