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I-90 construction through Coeur d’Alene nears final push

Road construction has snarled traffic on Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene for the past five months. The work is scheduled to wrap up by late October, but there’s one more …


Strike by Western Washington crane operators, others appears to be over

A 17-day strike that delayed major construction projects around Western Washington has apparently ended.


Indian Canyon golf course scheduled to reduce holes as golfers pay back loan to fix watering systems

The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

Delays, complaints mar opening of Pullman’s downtown apartments

Two weeks after a new, luxury apartment complex in downtown Pullman was scheduled to open, residents are just now moving into the building, even as construction continues around them.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves $300,000 road paving project with car tab fees

The work will be completed this fall to the Lower Crossing neighborhood, which has experienced washouts in recent years on the only road that leads to the small cluster of …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Seattle tops the nation in tower cranes for third straight year as construction reaches new peak

Seattle is the crane capital of America for the third year in a row, as construction across the city has rebounded strongly from a relative lull in early 2018.


Then and Now: Spokane’s Tallest Buildings

Since James Glover rode up to the Spokane Falls in 1873 and made a deal to buy out the two squatters on the land around the falls, there has been …


Restoration of historic Otis Hotel underway again after delay

Restoration work on the Otis Hotel has started again, following a three-month construction delay while state inspectors investigated complaints that cancer-causing asbestos had not been appropriately handled and removed from …


Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.


City ahead of schedule on Monroe Street Project

The North Monroe Street Project has reached its halfway point, a milestone celebrated by city officials during a gathering at the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 8:47 a.m.

U.S. construction spending up 1.8 percent in April to record

U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years.


Vandervert’s financial troubles spill into Spokane construction projects, sites around the region

Vandervert Construction’s business failure has created chaos at construction projects throughout the Northwest. Hundreds of pages of documents filed in Spokane Superior Court describe the disruption following the general contractor’s …


Unique partnership gives young people hands-on experience building low-income housing

A number of young people are gaining hands-on construction experience thanks to a unique partnership between Walker Construction and several Spokane nonprofits focused on helping low-income people.


Then and Now: The steel Monroe Street Bridge, 1892-1909

The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see …


The Dirt: East Sprague retail and apartment complex planned near new University District Gateway Bridge

A $1.4 million mixed-use project is in the works at the south landing of the University District Gateway Bridge on East Sprague Avenue.


The Dirt: Spokane Valley warehouse under construction by Garco

A 112,000-square-foot warehouse is being built in the Spokane Valley near the Spokane Business and Industrial Park on Sullivan Road.


Amazon halts Seattle construction project ahead of tax vote

Amazon says it has halted construction planning on a high-rise building in Seattle while it awaits the outcome of a city proposal to tax worker hours.


Howard Street pedestrian bridge will open in time for Bloomsday

Runners and spectators participating in Bloomsday can expect some Riverfront Park features to open in time for the race.


County starts ‘record’ year of construction projects

Local residents and businesses in an Idaho county are preparing for what is expected to be the busiest road construction year in history.


Water department work to close section of Regal Street

Head’s up, South Hill commuters. Work by the city water department will close a section of Regal Street this week.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

U.S. construction spending grew just 0.1 percent in February

Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up a mere 0.1 percent in February from the prior month, a sign that a growing economy is doing little to spur a more …


The tallest man in Spokane: Talking shop with the operator of downtown’s tower crane

Wally Forbush, 56, is a tower crane operator, and if you’ve been downtown in the last month, you’ve probably seen him at work.


Robots break new ground in construction industry

As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and leveling soil …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Construction starts on new overpass at Bigelow Gulch and Forker

A $9.4 million project to improve safety and congestion at Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads is underway after almost 20 years of planning.


Higher Ed, housing and medical push Spokane to near-record permit levels

The city of Spokane issued a near-record $516 million in building permits in 2017. Higher education, the medical industry and affordable housing were big drivers of construction.


How to buy a house that hasn’t been built yet

With the supply of existing homes available to buy at “an all-time low “ nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers like the Rawlingses and others – including …


Construction begins to replace border wall in California

The federal government began work Wednesday on replacing border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 12:10 p.m.

Gonzaga receives approval to build $48 million science building near campus lake

Gonzaga University won permission this week to build a $48 million science and engineering building near the campus’ central Arthur Lake, but the university is still raising the funds to …


Builders up spending by 0.7 pct; signs of pressure emerge

U.S. builders pushed construction spending up 0.7 percent in December to a record high, though it was the weakest performance since they began to emerge from the financial crisis.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

U.S. housing starts rose 3.3 percent in November

Construction of new homes increased 3.3 percent in November – with the gain largely coming from single-family houses being built at the strongest pace in more than a decade.