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Big decisions: if and when to speak up (access required)

Architects, engineers and builders have a reputation for maintaining a single-minded focus on turning their concepts into reality. In today’s charged political environment, however, increasing numbers of firms are willing to take stands that may put them at odds with ...

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Protected bike lanes make space for more cyclists (access required)

New bike lanes usually are not exciting or dramatic projects for engineering firms. They seldom win awards for their efforts. However, Kittelson & Associates in Portland, Ore., earlier this month received such an honor from the American Council of Engineering ...

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Firm takes action to improve employees’ work-life balance (access required)

Employees at PAE Engineers Inc. in Portland, Ore. can now take up to six weeks of leave at full pay if they gain a child through birth, adoption or foster placement. The “wellness leave” also will be available to employees ...

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Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing to expand to Rockies, southern California (access required)

Portland, Ore. firm Scott | Edwards Architecture is teaming with 10 Barrel Brewing as the brewery expands to the Pacific Northwest to the Rockies and southern California. The Bend, Ore.-based brewery opened a new brewpub in Denver in October, and ...

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Renovation meets modern needs, preserves historic elements (access required)

When Oregon State University officials needed to update 102-year-old Strand Agricultural Hall to meet seismic standards and the needs of disabled users, they faced a big challenge. How can a century-old building be renovated to meet modern standards without compromising ...

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