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Students build and auction tiny house

A student-built tiny house will be raffled off to benefit senior citizens served by Metro Community Services. Photo courtesy of Metro Community Services.

A tiny house will make a huge difference for senior citizens served by Metro Community Services and the building trades program at Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency. For Metro, the 192-square-foot tiny house built last school year by COSSA students could ...

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Design Beyond Borders: University of Idaho’s basketball arena (access required)

Opsis Architecture is designing a 78,000 square foot, 4,700 seat arena at the University of Idaho. Drawing courtesy of Opsis Architecture.

Opsis Architecture is designing a new basketball arena for the University of Idaho. The 4,700-seat facility will replace the ASUI Kibbie Activity Center, commonly called the Kibbie Dome, as the basketball team’s home. “(The Kibbie Dome) seats about 16,000 people, ...

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Underground concrete work has started at St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion (access required)

The roller crew flattens the concrete at the bottom level of what eventually will be the St. Luke's Children's Pavilion office building. Photo by Teya Vitu.

After months of excavating and shoring to create a 36-foot-deep hole at Avenue B and Jefferson Street, St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion construction shifted in July to the big concrete pour. About 180 truckloads of concrete were poured through a four-inch ...

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Gas station, convenience store, brewery, restaurant are on the way at Avimor community

Avimor will add a Mobil service station and On the Fly convenience store to its planned community north of Boise. Image courtesy of Avimor.

The rooftops-then-retail maxim will start playing out at the Avimor planned community on Highway 55 a half hour north of Boise. Nine years after the first homes were built, Avimor expects to start construction later in July or early August ...

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National construction spending was flat in May

A home under construction in Boise.

U.S. construction spending was flat in May with homebuilding falling again, even as buyers face climbing prices and a shortage of available properties on the market. The Commerce Department reported on July 3 no increase in construction spending in May, ...

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CVS plans second Boise pharmacy on Capitol Boulevard (access required)

Demolition is proposed for the strip center at Capitol Boulevard and Anne Morrison Park Drive to make way for a CVS Pharmacy. Photo by Teya Vitu.

A CVS Pharmacy developer proposes demolishing the strip center across from Boise State University with Tree City Juice and Smoothie Café, Subway, Nutrishop and Textbook Exchange. T.M. Crowley & Associates of Indianapolis wants to build a one-story, 13,111-square-foot CVS Pharmacy ...

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Affordable seismic innovation or dangerous idea? (access required)

Portland architect Ben Kaiser’s concept for a partial seismic upgrade, CoreFirst, can be lowered into place with minimal disruption to a building. Drawing courtesy of Kaiser Group/PATH Architecture

At an Urban Land Institute resilience panel event in Portland, Ore. in May, architect Ben Kaiser told attendees that, at long last, a school had stepped up to serve as a test case for his patented seismic safety system, CoreFirst.“The ...

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