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Building blocks of masonry & foam: CastleRock finds market for ‘InsulStone’ siding — Construction Review (access required)

A new concept in stone siding offers modular installation and increased insulation without the need for masonry work. Known as InsulStone, the product combines the look of stone, using cement and pumice, with dense foam backing that is stapled to ...

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ISU Meridian Health Science Center — Construction Review (access required)

Construction on the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center near Locust Grove and I-84 is scheduled for completion in time for occupation Aug. 1. The center will house more than 20 health professions programs, according to Patty Tryon, ISU-Boise ...

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BicyTaxi a green way to see downtown Boise (access required)

At a time when the city of Boise and local businesses want clean, cheap alternative transportation downtown, Shawn Grossman’s introduction of the BicyTaxi couldn’t be better timed.The high-tech, eye-catching pedal-powered city cruiser carries two adult passengers, who can be taken ...

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Homebuilder Flynner earns gold for green home — Construction Review (access required)

Builder Scott Flynn of Boise-based Flynner Homes built a green country cottage that captured the highest rating awarded in the National Green Building program from the National Association of Home Builders. “We’re the first in Idaho to have a certified ...

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Big Horn Collectibles: Eagle foundry casts unique pewter tiles — Focus (access required)

From Las Vegas casinos to Costco.com, Big Horn Collectibles is meeting all levels of market demand for unique and beautiful decorative metal tiles. Operated by Byron Barker and his wife, Lonni Leavitt-Barker, Big Horn Collectibles produces its Paloma Pewter line ...

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Drywall firms look for upswing in projects — Subcontractor Focus (access required)

Large or small, drywall contractors are scrambling to keep themselves and their employees busy. “We don’t have a whole lot of backlog,” said Leon Kerns, owner of Boise-based Superior Interiors with wife Michelle. “We’re out there trying to figure out ...

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Norco Building heads for July finish — Construction Spotlight (access required)

With millions of dollars in construction donations and high-performance design, Boise State University’s new Norco Building will be well-suited to offer the integrated services of the Department of Nursing and a new Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Those programs ...

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Project diversity boosts Wright Brothers — Contractor Profile (access required)

From potato cellars in southeast Idaho to gold-level environmental construction, Eagle-based Wright Brothers, The Building Co. is holding its own even in tough economic times. The construction management and general contracting firm specializes in commercial construction, public works, retail and ...

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Valley roofers stay savvy about material trends — Construction Review (access required)

Roofing contractors need to be on top of the latest trends in materials while nurturing their employees to become the best in their field. “It’s the people,” said Mike Madison, owner and managing partner of Madison Roofing in Boise. “We’ve ...

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