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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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US housing starts drop for 3rd straight month

A home under construction in the Barber Valley in Boise. File photo.

Homebuilders slowed down the pace of construction for the third straight month in May, a possible sign that the shortage of houses for sale might worsen. The Commerce Department said June 16 that housing starts fell 5.5 percent in May ...

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Albertsons gets started on a new flagship store at Broadway/Beacon (access required)

The new Albertsons at Broadway and Beacon will have a glassed-off second story corner similar to nearby Whole Foods. Image courtesy of Albertsons.

Albertsons started construction June 20 on what will be the grocery chain’s new flagship store located barely a half mile from the company’s corporate headquarters. The new 65,000-square-foot Albertsons at Broadway and Beacon Street will be the chain’s first “premium” ...

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Solar installation increasing rapidly, unevenly (access required)

Workers install solar panels at a site in Oklahoma. File photo.

Solar power continues to shine in the U.S. But adoption across the nation has grown in fits and starts. The solar industry is experiencing rapid job growth, despite accounting for less than 1 percent of all consumed energy nationwide. U.S. ...

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Summertime will be building time at Idaho Youth Ranch’s Middleton ranch (access required)

The Idaho Youth Ranch plans to build a "villlage" and indoor arena on the other side of the pond at the youth treatment center's new ranch near Middleton. Photo by Teya Vitu.

The Idaho Youth Ranch is ready to start construction this summer on a residential treatment center in Middleton. A 33,750-square-foot indoor horse arena and other animal facilities will make up the first phase of the IYR’s $24 million master plan ...

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For Idaho, the Year of the Hotel

A group waits for a shuttle in the lobby of the Inn at 500 Capitol June 10, 2017 in Boise. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

At least 32 hotels are under construction, recently opened or pending construction in nearly every sizable population center in Idaho. Hotels are in the works in the Treasure Valley, in Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. Three are underway in ...

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Holiday Inn opens in Nampa (access required)

The new Holiday Inn in Nampa is close to the new St. Luke's hospital and Idaho Center. Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Nampa.

Nampa’s second new hotel in six weeks opened June 1. An 85-room Holiday Inn Nampa on Midland Road near the Karcher Road exit of Interstate 84 joins the 82-room Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn that opened April ...

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Boise company’s modular units ease the way to Bay Area affordable housing (access required)

Ankrom Mosian Architects is beginning construction on Phase 2 of the Marea Alta development in San Leandro, Calif.. The second phase of the project, which is part of a 200-unit affordable housing complex, will include 85 affordable units set aside for seniors making between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income. Drawing courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects.

San Francisco Bay Area residents looking for the unicorn that affordable housing has become in the region now have one more option thanks to the Boise-based Guerdon,  the Portland, Ore.-based Bridge Housing, and Ankrom Moisan Architects. The developer and architecture ...

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