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Developers create multifamily housing from historic buildings with adaptive reuse

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In multifamily housing, everything old is new again. Developers are turning to adaptive reuse to convert old buildings in desirable locations to apartments that not only bring in top-of-the-line rents but revitalize entire downtowns. Preservationists, environmentalists applaud “We enthusiastically support adaptive reuse,” ...

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Company has the mettle to transform home manufacturing (access required)

CALDWELL — An Idaho company claims to have a unique solution to the country’s affordable housing shortage: converting decommissioned shipping containers for transport by rail or ship into sustainable homes. At a warehouse in Caldwell, indieDwell is rolling out a ...

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With rising labor costs, builders embrace modular construction (access required)

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Correction: This story has been updated to indicate that the Pacific Companies is launching the new factory. Prefab Logic is providing support services.  Construction companies swamped with projects but stymied by a lack of skilled workers are turning to technology ...

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Does new construction pay for itself? Yes, an economist says (access required)

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Not everyone is happy with Ada County’s burgeoning growth. Homeowners faced with rising taxes to pay for infrastructure such as roads and schools, as well as increased city services, often complain that growth should pay for itself. But, by and ...

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Construction companies fight workplace injuries, deaths

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The surge in construction is bringing on another surge: Construction deaths and injuries. Construction companies are looking for ways to reduce these incidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles occupational injuries, and breaks them out into categories. For example, ...

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Multicultural specialty groceries add spice to retail (access required)

Idaho may be famous for its potatoes, but increasingly you can find masa, doubanjiang, piment d’espelette and za’atar in its grocery stores. While some of these ingredients require a visit to a multicultural specialty grocery that carries international food, traditional grocery ...

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