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Design-build process gains popularity

When Spokane architect Steve Piscitello embarked on his first design-build project last yeara $5.1 million student-housing building at North Idaho Collegehe was unsure how well it would work to have a contractor involved in the design his he it...

City’s centers-and-corridors land-use planning advances

Imagine a brick-paved, tree-lined pedestrian promenade stretching for a block between Holy Family Hospital and the Franklin Park Commons shopping center on Spokanes North Side. Envision also a pedestrian bridge, just west of there, that spans at...

Turning to the broadband generation for guidance

Kellen Green began playing on personal computers at about age 5, bought a used BMW 318i online before he was old enough to drive, and estimates he now spends at least several hours a day on the Internet.When not busy with homework or football,...

GIS still finding its way

Government agencies and some large businesses use geographic information systems to a prolific degree in Spokane, but many businesses here havent caught up with the technologys capabilities, say local GIS experts.GIS technology involves the...

Modular-home factory is booming, plans expansion

RATHDRUMA Stratford Home may be modular, but its not mobile.Well, OK, its mobile twice: once when its wheeling down the production line in Stratford Building Corp.s factory here, then when its delivered in big sections on flat-bed a...

Banner plans business-loan office here

Banner Corp., the Walla Walla, Wash.-based parent of Banner Bank, plans to open a commercial lending center here in January. Banner has leased about 3,500 square feet of office space for the new center on the second floor of the Riverpoint One...

New York tech company opens small office here

A New York-based company that provides front-line sales and customer-support people to small technology companies is opening a Spokane office that will be headed by its CEO and from which it plans to market itself on the West Coast.The company,...

Fewer employers upped entry-level pay this year

A new compensation survey by Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest has found that employers here offered the lowest bump in starting pay for entry-level workers this year than at any time in the surveys 14-year history.Only 28 percent...

Washington Trust plans new branch

Washington Trust Bank plans to open a new, full-service branch early next year in a remodeled former Walgreens pharmacy building at 3810 N. Maple. The Spokane-based bank has purchased the Walgreens site for an undisclosed amount and, assuming &...

Seattle-based company agrees to buy Academy

Merrill Gardens LLC, a Seattle-based retirement-center owner and operator, has agreed to buy the Academy Retirement Community here.The company is buying the 99-unit North Side retirement center from The Academy LP, a partnership headed up by is...

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