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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...

Architect association chapter here calls for masonry award nominees

The Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architects is calling for entries for its biennial Excellence in Masonry Design Awards.Eligible projects must be declared and registered by July 1, says Kevin Krebs, of the Masonry Industry Group,...

Architecture billings index highest since January 2008

The American Institute of Architects announced last month that its architecture billings index, a leading economic indicator of construction activity, rose in April, marking the third straight month of such increases.The index reflects the nine-...

Chinese UI students seek design balance

Economic reforms in China over the last 30 years have generated significant and steady opportunities for growth in investment, consumption, and the standard of living there. Part of the growth is due to an increased state investment in even though...

Architectural firm here seeks to deepen, broaden reach

Architectural firm here seeks to deepen, broaden reach

Nystrom Olson Collins Inc., a young architectural firm here, says it's looking to boost its presence in the market by getting into development projects, is taking steps to become leaner amid the poor economy, and plans soon to change its name after...

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