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Portland multifamily design work is waning (access required)

Meaghan Bullard, a project architect / manager with Jones Architecture, works in the firm's Pearl District office. According to Alan Jones, the firm’s founding principal, the pipeline for multifamily projects is drying up. Photo by Sam Tenney of the DJC.

Portland architecture firms are facing a sharp downturn in multifamily housing work as the city phases in new inclusionary housing rules. The lack of design work for new apartment projects is just one unintended consequence of the city’s inclusionary housing ...

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In search of a painless parking solution (access required)

A  No Parking sign in downtown Boise. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

People drive to downtown Boise to work, one to a car. They park. They always have. They always will. Or will they? Sitting at a table seeking alternatives to the single-occupied vehicles streaming into downtown are Valley Regional Transit, the ...

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At some workplaces, cafeteria lunch is a perk (access required)

A St. Luke's employee in the company cafeteria.

If “company cafeteria” conjures up an image of mystery meat and steam tables, you’re out of date. Many company cafeterias today stress healthy choices, and they promote their lunchtime options as an employee benefit. Albertsons’ Boise Café includes a wok ...

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WELL Building Standard aims to improve worker sleep, fitness (access required)


You may have heard of “sick buildings,” but one organization has designed a specification and certification intended to produce “well buildings,” or buildings intended to improve the health of the people living and working in them. Similar to LEED (Leadership ...

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Business on the go changes the shape of the workspace (access required)

The Tribute Media offices.

In movies from the 1950s and 1960s, work environments are cookie-cutter: Rows and rows of typewriters, without even any walls separating people, and then offices with windows and closed doors for executives. But as work has gotten more flexible and ...

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As office space opens, tenants fill it (access required)

Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist liked the spray paint work of local artists Sector Seventeen and included their work in the lobby of the nine-story, 383,000-square-foot Clearwater Building that Gardner built and opened in August 2016 in downtown Boise. Sector Seventeen spray paint art also is located in the Clearwater Analytics offices and in the Grove Plaza tunnel leading to Capitol Boulevard – all part of Gardner’s Clearwater Building development. Photo by Pete Grady.

Office space has increased by leaps and bounds in downtown Boise and in Meridian in 2016. The year saw record office absorption in downtown Boise. There was 453,000 square feet of net absorption, which includes subtracting people moving out from ...

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Want to sell your medical practice? Look beyond the hospital (access required)

Randy Shultz featured

The good news: The future is bright for physician practices if they know how to structure their business operations and have a vision for participating in new payment methodologies. The bad news: Many physicians are simply giving up under the ...

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Single-specialty ambulatory surgery centers are on the rise (access required)

Beds at Idaho Urologic Institute.

While people tend to think of hospitals for treating sick people, especially those who require surgery, some common conditions are increasingly being treated in outpatient centers specializing in a particular area of the body. An example of such a center ...

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Hospitals hard at work on renovations, expansions (access required)

Construction update, St. Alphonsus Hospital Nampa facility, 29 April 2016, Photo Patrick Sweeney

A survey earlier this year on hospital construction indicated that Idaho is on track with the rest of the nation when it comes to trends in this area. These include more emphasis on patient satisfaction, as well as moving from ...

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