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Portland deconstruction law attracts startups (access required)

The first batch of Portland houses to fall under the deconstruction law sponsored by former Portland, Ore. Mayor Charlie Hales came down in January. The unique ordinance is expected to apply to only a handful of houses a month, so it’s ...

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Portland multifamily design work is waning (access required)

Portland architecture firms are facing a sharp downturn in multifamily housing work as the city phases in new inclusionary housing rules. The lack of design work for new apartment projects is just one unintended consequence of the city’s inclusionary housing ...

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Construction apps for 2017

The construction industry is becoming more mobile, and with that comes the need for a growing app industry. A survey by the information technology research and advisory firm Software Advice recently found that 50 percent of construction companies are still ...

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State to widen heavily used road between Meridian, Caldwell

Plans are in the works for a $350 million project to widen one of the Treasure Valley’s most heavily traveled roads between Meridian and Caldwell. The Statesman reports the Idaho Transportation Department proposes to make U.S. 20/26 a six-lane divided ...

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Boise’s Stack Rock Group opens Utah office

The Boise landscape architecture firm Stack Rock Group has opened a second office in Salt Lake City, Utah. The five-year-old firm, co-founded by Krisjan Hiner and Will Howard, has about $950,000 in annual revenues and nine employees, two of them ...

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Twin Falls rebuilds its downtown Main Avenue (access required)

Twin Falls removed all the 40-year-old trees from the five-block downtown stretch of Main Avenue during President’s Day weekend as part of plans to rebuild the street and sidewalks. The new Main Avenue will have new trees, brick accents in ...

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$180 million CWI bond may or may not return

The College of Western Idaho is “re-evaluating everything” before moving forward with financing the $180 million creation of a new Boise campus and expanding its main Nampa campus. CWI’s $180 million bond measure was defeated in the November election. The ...

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Senate passes bill to cut gas hybrid fees (access required)

The Idaho Senate passed a bill Feb. 17 to remove an annual $75 fee from gas hybrids, but could not identify a plan to replace the resulting $1 million shortfall in transportation funding. The 2015 Legislature passed several bills to raise ...

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US home building falls as developers start fewer apartments

U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction. The number of new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million, the Commerce Department said ...

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