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Oregon building codes now cover mass timber (access required)

Oregon has issued new building codes for mass-timber construction, becoming the first state in the nation to provide an alternate path to regulating tall wood buildings. The new rules come as more developers consider building with cross-laminated timber (CLT). State ...

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Prices for newly built homes fell in July

Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 1.7 percent in July, the second straight monthly decline as the broader housing market appears to have lost some of its momentum despite an otherwise solid economy. The Commerce Department said August 23 that ...

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Eagle’s first movie theater will join TSheets at Bridges at Lakemoor (access required)

The Bridges at Lakemoor, ostensibly a planned retail-heavy center, started construction in 2016 with the new corporate headquarters for the swiftly growing tech start-up TSheets. The first two retail buildings, each 11,000 square feet along a pond and Eagle Road, ...

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Design West Architects expands to Spokane (access required)

Meridian-based Design West Architects opened its fifth office in March in Spokane. The architecture firm, based in Meridian since its launch in 1983, opened offices in Pullman in 1993, Kennewick, Washington, in 2009 and Ontario in 2016. The Spokane office ...

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Prices of key building materials dip slightly (access required)

Though prices of construction materials such as steel, lumber and concrete have been trending upward, that changed recently. But those price drops could be only temporary, industry experts say. An analysis of prices carried out by the Associated Builders and ...

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Idaho schools seek to spend $21 million on school safety next year

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is preparing to pitch a $21 million school safety initiative — Keep Idaho Students Safe, or KISS — to the Legislature in January. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported the initiative would, among other things, ...

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Building revenue-generating properties (access required)

Jack Harty has a mixed message for clients who approach him about building revenue-generating properties. Though interest rates have been creeping up, the principal of Harty Mortgage Advisors in Boise assures borrowers that rates “are still at a virtually 40-year ...

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