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Author Archives: Kent Hohlfeld

School bathrooms suddenly become problematic (access required)

Among the many issues that come up in educational facility projects, bathroom design typically hasn’t been one. It is now. “It is a sensitive issue,” Soderstrom Architects principal Henry Fitzgibbon said. “We have been bogged down on this issue on ...

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Fate of federal historic preservation tax credit is up in the air (access required)

Republican efforts in Congress to overhaul the tax code could deal a big blow to historic preservation efforts across the nation. Though a weaker form of the federal Historic Tax Credit, HTC, would remain in the Senate version of proposed ...

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In disasters’ wake, builders brace for impact on supplies (access required)

Over the summer, three major natural disasters hit different regions of the U.S. In 2018, their impact is expected to begin reaching firms in the building industry. “What we are starting to hear from contractors is that there is going ...

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Navigation apps create new headaches for traffic planners (access required)

Drivers in cities who encounter a new sign prohibiting a left turn or a roundabout or a motor vehicle diverter might be able to blame navigation apps for that obstacle. While apps like Waze and Google can save drivers time ...

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Innovative system helping identify landslide risks (access required)

Minimizing the dangers posed by landslides to people, roads, utilities and rail lines will likely become easier and cheaper thanks to the work of professors at Portland State University and Oregon State University. Adam Booth, assistant professor of geology at ...

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Urban planning experts advocate for smaller, smarter development (access required)

Growing cities don’t have to become seas of gleaming skyscrapers, according to Ed McMahon, the Urban Land Institute’s senior resident fellow for sustainable development. He delivered that message last week at the White Stag Block in Portland, Oregon as one ...

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Advocates seek to make cities more vibrant after dark (access required)

Leni Schwendinger wants to see cities become as vibrant at night as they are during the day. The opportunity for improvement is vast, according to the artist and lighting specialist. “When it’s dark for a designer or artist, there is ...

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Entry-level architects’ compensation highest in Pacific states, AIA reports (access required)

People working in the architecture industry have a new tool to compare their salaries with others’ around the country. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has created a salary calculator that compares salaries for nine U.S. regions. The organization released ...

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Eyeing a brighter, more energy-efficient future (access required)

A new space in Southeast Portland is being used for study and advancement of energy-efficient lighting systems. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Connected Lighting Test Bed, three to five  engineers at a time work in the research facility. The goal ...

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When it comes to natural disasters, public is willing to pay a hefty price (access required)

As Houston grew, few developers gave much thought to potential flood damage when they tackled projects. Parking was a bigger consideration than where water from storms like Hurricane Harvey would go. “Continually paving over parts of the city invites flooding,” ...

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