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If you build it, they’ll stay; boomers remodel their homes


If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. Home remodelers say ...

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A lifestyle project for the cannabis crowd (access required)

Jesce Horton is a partner in Saints Cloud, a planned marijuana growing and retail facility that will also include a bed-and-breakfast and research and development space. Photo by Sam Tenney of the DJ.

Portland, Ore. may be about to see what the next generation of marijuana facilities looks like. A group of entrepreneurs is proposing to build an indoor and outdoor marijuana growing facility, a retail storefront, a research and development building and ...

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Bown Crossing library plots eye-popping architecture for Boise’s southeast side (access required)

The reading room at the new Library! at Bown Crossing has no columns. A children's story room will be in the far left corner. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

Seventeen years later after planning began, the Library! at Bown Crossing expects to open June 1, or earlier, to give the southeast side of  Boise its first library. The library will have 40,000 books, 24 computers, a nook with a ...

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Is the sparkle fading for ‘starchitects?’ (access required)

A team of architects from Minneapolis-based HGA, rather than a “starchitect,” played key roles in the Walker Art Center addition completed last year in Minneapolis. This photo was taken in a corridor that connects the parking ramp to the addition. From left: vice president Rich Bonnin, vice president John Cook, architect Alex Terzich, architect Joan Soranno, senior associate Steve Philippi and architectural designer Mike Hara. Photo by Bill Klotz.

With dozens of design awards and industry recognitions to her credit, Joan Soranno qualifies as a star architect. But the longtime design principal in the Minneapolis office of HGA is quick to point out that good architecture isn’t a one-person ...

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Terry Reilly Health Services acquires former Penny Wise building in Caldwell (access required)

The former Penny Wise building in Caldwell will become a Terry Reilly Health Services clinic. Photo courtesy of Lee & Associates.

Terry Reilly Health Services will move its Caldwell clinic from behind the West Valley Medical Center to the heart of downtown. Terry Reilly on March 6 closed on the purchase of the former Penny Wise Drug Store building at 802 ...

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Gloomy report card for infrastructure nationwide and in Idaho (access required)

The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the state of the nation’s infrastructure a letter grade of D+, the same grade it issued in its Infrastructure Report Card in 2013. ASCE’s southern Idaho chapter won’t have its Idaho letter grade ...

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US construction spending rose to nearly 11-year high

Workers at a construction site in Boise.

U.S. developers ramped up construction spending in February to the largest amount in nearly 11 years, led by more building of homes, highways and schools. Construction spending rose 0.8 percent in February to the highest level since April 2006, after ...

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