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Portland team close to breaking ground on cross-laminated timber building (access required)

Construction is slated to begin early next year on Framework, an 11-story cross-laminated timber building in the Pearl District. Walsh Construction will build the mixed-use project for developer project^. (LEVER Architecture)

The long-awaited Framework building is close to taking root in Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District. Portland developer Project^ plans to break ground in early 2018 on the 11-story mixed-use building. Framework will be the United States’ tallest building to use cross-laminated ...

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Changing skylines show Idaho’s growth since 2011


What a difference seven years has made. In 2011, office construction in Boise and elsewhere in Idaho was at a standstill. Many workers left the state, or trained for other careers. But things turned around fast after the Gardner Company ...

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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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Looking to the future in office design


What do you think of when you hear the term “office?”  What image flashes through your mind? I believe for most of us, the answer is based on our own experiences from our careers, or from visiting an office that ...

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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)


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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Short of office space? A steel shipping container can serve in a pinch (access required)

Mike Power uses a grinder to finish cutting the hole for a window in a shipping container at Northwest Building Systems in Boise Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. The container will be converted into a portable office and leased out through Design Space Modular Buildings.

The post-recession building boom has been kind to the portable building industry, which can deliver much-needed office space to a construction site or other location quickly and inexpensively. The pace of Treasure Valley construction right now, with hotels and office ...

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To park or not to park: That is the question CCDC wants people to ponder (access required)

Capital City Development Corp. started rebranding its garages ParkBOI in early January in collaboration with the city's parking meters that have been branded ParkBOI since 2016. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Even with three new parking garages on the horizon, downtown Boise workers should still be thinking of alternatives to driving,  says Max Clark, parking and facilities director at the Capital City Development Corp. CCDC owns six public garages in the heart ...

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Portland forges new program for affordable commercial space (access required)

Below-market rate leases will be offered for some commercial space at Alberta Commons in Northeast Portland. Prosper PortlandÕs Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program will give preference to businesses owned by women and people of color for the leases, which will also be offered at two buildings in Lents and a downtown parking garage. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

The city of Portland is forging a new program to provide affordable commercial space in city-owned buildings. The Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program will offer leases below market rate and technical assistance to selected commercial tenants, with a preference for businesses ...

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