Homebuilder Wathen Castanos transfers ownership

Peter CastanosLocal homebuilder Wathen Castanos Homes announced that it has transferred ownership as longtime owners Richard Wathen Jr. and Kevin Castanos take a backseat in the company.

Dyson wins award for University High School design

Fresno-based architect Arthur Dyson and DSJ Architects have won the 2014 Presidential Award for their design of University High School (UHS). 

New Fresno banquet hall under construction

The Falls Event Center opened its new banquet hall recently in Elk Grove, California.A new banquet hall is on its way in Fresno, but its operators say it won't be like any other event center in the city.

Coarsegold sting cites 16 for illegal contracting

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) cited 16 individuals for illegal contracting during an undercover sting operation in Madera County on Oct. 15 and 16. 

Visalia Unified to break ground on new middle school

The Visalia Unified School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 23 as it begins its new middle school in the city.

North Fork tribe gets $605K for housing services building

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians was awarded $605,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a housing services building for disabled or elderly tribal members.

Craigslist sting nets 15 illegal contractors

A two-day sting operation by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in Fresno found 15 individuals to be contracting illegally. 

Valley construction values down from 2013

Construction values for single-family homes in the Valley fell 14.5 percent in the first nine months of 2014 from the year before.Building permits were up in the first nine months of the year compared to 2013, but construction values showed a slowing of activity in areas like new homes and offices in the San Joaquin Valley.

Northeast Fresno apartments start back up

Ellis Enterprises of Fresno has restarted construction this month on its ninth apartment complex, building up a 5-acre site at the northwest corner of Willow and Alluvial avenues.

During drought, pool construction at five-year high

Ben and Jeff Bogdanof of Vineyard Pools in Clovis said as the economy starts to recover, consumers can spend more money on home improvement projects like pools. Photo by Vineyard Pools Water is the topic on everyone’s minds this summer. Where to get it, how to conserve it and how much is left are common questions residents and municipalities are asking each other. But as the statewide drought deepens, some have begun asking another question — are swimming pools in poor taste?