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Labor shortage clouds contractor confidence (access required)

Contractors nationwide remain optimistic about the state of the construction industry, according to the most recent USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Released June 5, the report for the second quarter of 2018 provides a snapshot ...

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Joining sustainable energy with construction planning (access required)

On Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, one of the first health care buildings in the country to use “performance-based procurement” has begun to take shape. Performance-based procurement makes energy efficiency a priority in planning new buildings. In the case of ...

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Tommy Ahlquist leaves Gardner Company for new venture

Developer and former gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has left his position as COO at the Gardner Company to create a new company with four other people, led by CEO Cortney Liddiard of Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls. Ahlquist said June ...

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Proposed Twin Falls mixed-use project to join new city hall, new plaza and new Main Avenue (access required)

A retail-office-residential structure tentatively called OneSixty is planned as the finishing touch for one downtown Twin Falls intersection that now has a new city hall and Downtown Commons plaza. The proposed $6 million, four-story, 37,000-square-foot mixed-use structure at 160 Main ...

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US housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said June 19 that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the ...

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Affordable apartment projects are few and far between (access required)

With Idaho simultaneously the nation’s fastest-growing state, but stuck at No. 36 for housing affordability, there is an increasing need for affordable multifamily housing, particularly in the fast-growing Treasure Valley and resort communities such as McCall. “Affordable multifamily housing” means ...

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