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Author Archives: Lee Fehrenbacher

Potential new SEC rules would change real estate financing (access required)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week proposed a new set of rules that could open the floodgates for real estate financing. The proposed rules, under the JOBS Act, would allow companies to sell shares of their properties or ...

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Portland startup aiming to improve quality and reduce costs of LEDs (access required)

Commercial building owners spend a lot of money on lighting. In 2003, the most recent year for which data is available, buildings in America consumed approximately $108 billion worth of energy, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Consumption ...

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Small businesses have building buying power (access required)

After Cardboard Castle’s first two years of operation, co-owner Alicia Johnson realized that the company was going to need more space. The Portland, Ore., motion production studio was growing quickly. Advertising business was coming in from big-name companies like Microsoft, ...

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Out-of-towners energize Portland real estate (access required)

Construction of a new, five-story apartment building is under way in Northwest Portland, and the Seattle developer in charge is hoping other projects will follow. Lake Union Partners recently broke ground on the Addy – a $15 million project featuring ...

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Brewery construction is on tap in Northwest (access required)

The craft brewing business is booming, and variety is a necessity. “The industry as a whole in draft beer has been moving more and more toward constantly churning tap handles,” said Ben Edmunds, head brewmaster for Breakside Brewery, a small ...

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U.S. construction industry rings in new year with jobs (access required)

The U.S. construction industry ended 2012 on a high note. According to information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s construction industry added 30,000 jobs in December. Job gains were led by building construction (up 13,000) and residential ...

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Vancouver, B.C., develops asphalt made from plastic bottles (access required)

The city of Vancouver in British Columbia has found a creative use for used plastic bottles. It’s building roads with them. City staffers have created the first-ever warm mix asphalt system that uses post-consumer recycled plastic. With the help of ...

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Business heating up for ductless systems (access required)

Roz Halstrom, the residential manager for Tri-Tech Heating Inc. in Vancouver, Wash., is seeing a pickup in business from a relatively small source: ductless heating and cooling systems. “In the last three years, especially with the economy and stuff, they’re ...

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Year-over-year home sales, prices increasing (access required)

The number of home sales dropped off as the summer came to a close this year, but residential real estate activity was significantly higher than it was in 2011, posting some of the strongest numbers since 2006. According to the ...

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The lending climate is warming for home builders (access required)

It’s not the best time to be a speculative home builder. Justin Wood, director of government affairs for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Ore., and the vice president of construction for Fish Construction Northwest – a small, speculative ...

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