Thursday, June 23, 2016

Building Efficiently; Seattle & Portland

Recently Vox Media published a study using a new measure of household density to determine which cities are building in the most efficient manner. Normal studies use an old and simple measure of density, while this study uses a targeted measure that more accurately weights parts of a city where a higher proportion of people actually reside. This new measure therefore can see past industrial and commercial areas and focuses on where people actually live. What now becomes apparent is that as people are leaving the urban areas of some cities (Detroit, Cincinnati etc...), other locales are becoming more dense without housing costs increasing dramatically.

Portland and Seattle lie near the top of this graph, and far above the regression line (click to enlarge)
Looking at the graph, it stands to reason that places like Charlotte are adding the most density. Because Charlotte was such a sprawled out metro area before their building boom, current building can increase its measured density quickly because the weighted housing density was so low to begin with. New Orleans (bottom left of graph) is both losing population and is becoming less dense; which can be interpreted as people are leaving the city, and most new construction starts are in suburban areas.

Whereas cities such as San Francisco and New York have historically struggled balancing population growth with affordable housing, Seattle and Portland have maintained relaxed expansionary policies aiding the ability of people to build in those cities. These measures have contributed to falling rents in some parts of Seattle; a prospect that seems ludicrous in places like the greater Bay Area. For growing cities, generating positive infill (as opposed to exclusively generating sprawl... Looking at you, Phoenix) and keeping housing costs down is an ideal win-win situation, and is something other cities should emulate.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We're Providing Our Best Selling UV Threshold Protection to the Blake Hotel in Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley, located in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains, has recently changed ownership. The new owners have committed to a massive commercial redevlopment of the valley, including its landmark slopeside Blake Hotel. Hotel space, restauruants, and retail outlets will all be either modernized and rebuilt or constructed from scratch. The newly updated faux-Austrian styled village will become the centerpiece of the redeveloped ski resort community.

As part of the remodel, Jaynes Corp, the GC of the project, has purchased 120 rolls of our UV Threshold Tape. While our threshold tape is among our most popular products, and order for 120 rolls is unprecedented. Jaynes Corp is a repeat customer for our threshold protection, so we're proud that they feel UV Threshold Tape merits repeat orders.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

We're Proud to be Providing DoorGuard Temporary Surface Protection to the New WOU Education Center

We have recently received an order for hundreds of our DoorGuards to protect Western Oregon University's new Richard Woodcock Education Center that's currently under construction. This Andersen Construction project is currently in the finish stages, and will be completed before fall term begins later this year.

We have provided surface protection to past Andersen Construction projects at state universities, so we are very happy that they are continuing to use our products in their current projects. I have also written a press release detailing our involvement in this project, which as always, can be found on our website's press release page.

Rendering of WOU's New Woodcock Eduction Center
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