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Engineers' interest in green practices growing, study finds

An environmental consciousness is rising in the occupational mindset of engineers, who are showing a heightened interest in incorporating energy-saving and other green initiatives in product design projects, says a survey conducted jointly by the a...

Safety should be a factor in active design, report says

Designing or modifying buildings and communities to encourage physical activity must include strategies to maximize safety. A report released earlier this fall titled "Active Design Supplement: Promoting Safety" provides explicit guidelines for and...

Architecture index shows strong growth

Architecture firms reported an improvement in business conditions for the second consecutive month in September, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) climbed to a score of 51.6, reflecting the strongest growth in nearly two years. With the a...

More work, less space

More work, less space

Copeland Architecture & Construction Inc., of Spokane, has seen an uptick this year in custom home design and building projects, after riding out three years of slow residential construction activity, during which it handled more commercial design...

MW Consulting thrives on work for repeat clients

MW Consulting thrives on work for repeat clients

MW Consulting Engineers PS, of Spokane, says it has relied on its reputation with local clients to maintain a steady workflow through the recession, and it has strengthened its relationship with the U.S. Department of State to help land complex the...

Car dealers increase their charitable giving, survey finds

Survey data show that nearly two-thirds of U.S. car dealers have increased their charitable contributions in 2012 compared with 2011. In addition, more than half of those who responded said they plan to increase their charitable contributions in by...

For-profit corn maze gives boost to nonprofit groups

For-profit corn maze gives boost to nonprofit groups

Suzie Dunn, owner of the Incredible Corn Maze, spends the year preparing for more than 10,000 people to visit the attraction during its six-week operating season, but in that time frame, Dunn also expects to give thousands of dollars to community a...

Education tax credits need to be simplified, group says

The nation's education tax credits and deductions are too complicated and so confusing that most taxpayers cannot determine which provisions are best for them, theAmerican Institute of CPAssays inwritten testimonysubmitted to the Senate Finance...

Kalispels' gifts are spread wide

Kalispels' gifts are spread wide

After hearing about a number of concussions among youth football players in Cusick, Wash., the Kalispel Tribe of Indians recently put $14,000 toward buying new helmets and shoulder pads for the school district's athletes.The relatively small is...

Tax break loss could gut giving

At a time when both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates say they are considering capping the charitable tax deduction, a national Dunham+Company/Campbell Rinker study conducted last month suggests that the deduction is vital to in...

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