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Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

A man installs solar panels on the roof of a home.

Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn’t bring on an eclipse. Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump’s call on whether to slap tariffs ...

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School bathrooms suddenly become problematic (access required)

Gender-inclusive restrooms for Grant High School will have dual entrances and exits, toilets with floor-to-ceiling walls and communal sinks. (Courtesy of Mahlum Architects)

Among the many issues that come up in educational facility projects, bathroom design typically hasn’t been one. It is now. “It is a sensitive issue,” Soderstrom Architects principal Henry Fitzgibbon said. “We have been bogged down on this issue on ...

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US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

A home under construction in north Boise.

Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...

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US homebuilder sentiment slips; outlook remains positive

A home under construction.

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable ahead of the spring homebuying season. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Jan. 17 slipped in January ...

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Ten Mile Crossing brings office buildings to wide-open space in Meridian (access required)

A look at the AmeriBen building in the Ten Mile Crossing office development Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Ten Mile Crossing is the Treasure Valley’s first taste of what has become commonplace in the metropolitan U.S.: multi-story office buildings far from the downtown core. Ten Mile Crossing and neighboring Ten Mile Creek are a collaboration between local developers ...

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Photos: Unique office building takes shape in North Portland (access required)

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A mixed-use office building taking shape in North Portland features a unique shape reminiscent of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City. Flatiron PDX will consist of a ground-floor retail space and open office space on the upper floors. ...

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Out-of-state workforce helps Idaho rebound with construction jobs

Civil engineer and worker discussing issues at the construction site

Idaho’s No. 1 ranking in population growth directly propelled the Gem State back into the Top 10 states in construction job growth in November after spending much of 2017 lower in the rankings. Idaho placed No. 9 with a 6.7 ...

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