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Interface considers own living building

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Portland-based green building firm Interface Engineering is seeking proposals for a highly sustainable headquarters.

 

Central Oregon hospitals work on noise levels

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

St. Charles Health System is launching a campaign to keep noise levels down at its Central Oregon hospitals.

 

Green roof and wall market growing

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The green roof and green wall business will grow to a $7.7 billion market by 2017.

 

Hillsboro gears for growth

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Hillsboro city officials are preparing for an expected 92% growth in employment from 2010 to 2035.

 

Planning experts say central city Portland needs to grow more dense

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Portland city planners say that for the central city to continue to thrive, it must grow even more dense.

 

Taxes increasing in 2013 for 163M workers

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Monday, October 22, 2012

163 million workers are expected to get a big tax increase in 2013, regardless of who wins the presidential election.

 

John Gray dies at 93

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Oregon developer and philanthropist John D. Gray died Friday in Portland at 93.

 
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