Energy projects carry Q1 construction

Valley construction permits climbed by 38.9 percent in the first three months of 2014 over the year before.Alternative energy projects perked up the Central Valley's construction industry in the first quarter of the year, even as residential building showed signs of slowing.

Apartment rehab spruces up Fresno’s ‘Sin City’

Kurt Zumwalt, president of Zumwalt Construction, completed the $4.2-million rehabilitation of the San Ramon Apartments in Fresno in a four-month period.Rehabilitation of the San Ramon Apartments signals a step forward in Fresno’s goal of transforming the El Dorado Park neighborhood into a vibrant and safe community, shedding the old “Sin City” moniker.

McCaffrey Homes earns six homeowner awards

McCaffrey Homes of Fresno was named the winner of six 2014 Eliant Homebuyer's Choice Awards for customer satisfaction in their houses.

Homebuilders mull recycled water legislation

Legislation in Sacramento would change state building codes to require more use of recycled water.Proposed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles would require recycled water for irrigation at newly constructed homes and commercial buildings in cities that have recycled water facilities or are planning to construct them.

Self-Help CEO to retire

Peter Carey, long-time president and CEO of Visalia-based Self-Help Enterprises, has announced his retirement after 40 years with the organization dedicated to self-help housing, sewer and water development, housing rehabilitation, multifamily housing and homebuyer programs in the San Joaquin Valley.

Developers scramble for bare land to build houses

Bare land, such as this Fresno location near Clinton Street and Polk Avenue, is fewer and far between for homebuilders. A turning point has been reached in the local home construction business.

Parlier receives $3.7M for new rental housing

The Department of Housing and Community Development has announced awards totaling $17.4 million to be used for multi-family construction and rehabilitation in the counties of Fresno, Solano, Sutter and Tuolumne.

Valley engineering firms merge

Two well-know Central Valley engineering and consulting firms have announced a merger, combining 100 years of expertise in the field.

Lesser-known homebuilders make mark in Valley

2M Development Corp. of Clovis is building 12 large semi-custom homes at a development called Heritage Classics in Clovis.As the new home market slowly bounces back, some lesser-known area builders are hitting the Fresno and Clovis markets with homes designed for a variety of homebuyers — from first timers, seeking homes under 2,000 square feet to move-up buyers, needing six-bedroom homes in the 3,000 square-foot range.

Fresno architects show new school building

The new W Building on the campus of Edison High SchoolDarden Architects of Fresno gave a couple dozen at Edison High last night a crash course in design work during a tour of the school's new 27-classroom building on campus.