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Retirees feel more secure financially

American retirees are feeling more financially secure than they did in 2009, but fewer have estimated how long their assets will last into retirement, a new study indicates.The study, titled "The Financial Recovery for Retirees Continues," was a...

For two years, it may be good to give

For two years, it may be good to give

Despite talk at the national level of taxing the richest 1 percent of Americans more aggressively, current federal gift-tax and estate-tax laws are favorable to high-net-worth individuals, Spokane-area estate planning professionals say. At the a...

Residential architects see slight improvements

h few extras persist in home-design trends, but they are becoming less dominant as the housing market indicates the beginning of a thaw, according to a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects.There are indications that the falling...

Survey finds much of U.S. isn't prepared for floods

Even as the nation experiences a rash of record-breaking storms and floods, a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp. shows the public remains unprepared for either, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company says."Historically, we do a lot better job...

Architects research why solar energy is uncommon

Solar energy can be harnessed to both heat and power buildings, so why isn't it specified more often in building design? Seeking to answer that question is the International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling Program's Task 41: Solar and...

The need for LEED

The need for LEED

Professionals in the Inland Northwest architecture and engineering fields say industry awareness of the national Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design certification program has grown significantly in the last several years and that it...

Blue Room revs up for new project

Blue Room Architecture & Design PS, a Spokane-based boutique architectural firm, says it's designing a state-of-the art production, sales, and display facility for Shelby SuperCars LLC, in West Richland, Wash.Blue Room, which occupies 1,800 feet...

Few foresee flow improving soon in project pipeline

Few foresee flow improving soon in project pipeline

Few Spokane-area architects and engineers say they are seeing more than a trickle of planned construction in the project pipeline, and most say they don't expect the flow to improve much in the near future.Architects and engineers, who generally...

Designing homes that cater to nation's aging population

One major aspect missing from recent health-care reform conversations is housing, especially with regard to the aging population of the U.S., say three University of Arkansas researchers.The researchers—Korydon Smith, Jennifer Webb, and to...

Blue Room designs new plan from Cliff House ashes

Blue Room designs new plan from Cliff House ashes

How do you re-create a historical mansion that's been gutted by fire when no blueprints exist and you can't enter the condemned structure? That was the problem facing Blue Room Architecture & Design PS when it was hired to design the restoration of...

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