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House committee approves fire code exemptions (access required)

A bill exempting certain rural homeowners from fire code regulations has just one more hurdle to jump before becoming law. After cruising through the Senate Feb. 23 with an almost unanimous vote (33-1-1), the House Business Committee agreed March 15 ...

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Two construction bills postponed until 2011

As Idaho’s legislature plows through proposed legislation, trying to avoid a repeat of the record-length session of 2009, time is becoming scarce for new bills to be introduced. Two bills falling victim to time constraints were being pushed by the ...

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Report predicts 2013 return to normal for Boise homebuilding (access required)

While some parts of the economy are finding their way back on track, homebuilding is still far from normal. A new report from BuildIdaho.com and Organizational Genetics looks at trends for 20 different performance measures – some local and some ...

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TVCC building topped out in Caldwell

The 39,000-square-foot building that will house a Caldwell branch of Treasure Valley Community College is externally complete. Representatives from TVCC, Oppenheimer Development Corp., Petra Construction, architect CSHQA, Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency and the city of Caldwell planned to gather ...

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New hospital opens in Gooding (access required)

Construction is complete on the 50,000-square-foot North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, and officials are preparing to open the doors to patients on March 2. Sandy, Utah-based Layton Construction, which has an office in Boise, began construction on the new ...

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Bill to give ITD ‘design-build’ authority revived (access required)

A House committee has voted to print a bill that would give the Idaho Transportation Department power to hire contractors through a “design-build” bidding process, allowing administrators to forego a “lowest bidder” approach if it might save time and money. ...

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University of Idaho science building nears completion (access required)

Work on the Life Sciences South, an 80-year-old building on the campus of University of Idaho in Moscow, is near completion. Project manager in facilities services Guy Esser said the main focus of this project was to replace the most ...

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