Construction + Real Estate

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ full-color glossy magazine Focus: Construction + Real Estate in the Tri-Cities provides an overview of the area’s major real estate and construction projects and building trends in the area. This magazine is published in the fall.

Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport: Pandemic has air travel in a holding pattern

Covid-19 has taken a bite out of air travel at the Port of Pasco-operated Tri-Cities Airport, which hasn’t rebounded as hoped, just as the end of summer tends to “dry up” leisure travel, said Airport Director Buck Taft. “I don’t have the confidence to say anything for certain. It’s taking a dip as of right…

Construction at the new Badger Mountain Elementary school in south Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Education: Build, rebuild, remodel – repeat?

Despite the pandemic, the Mid-Columbia’s school districts and schools – grades Kindergarten through 12, as well as higher education – plowed ahead to build, rebuild and remodel schools and support facilities. From a recently opened Kennewick High School, which cost over $100 million, to $30 million buildings at both Columbia Basin College in Pasco and…

Residential construction near Ridgeline Drive and South Sherman Street in Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Kennewick: Forging forward to ‘normal’ despite pandemic

As the Tri-Cities negotiates its second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, cities and private developers alike continue to forge ahead with projects, bringing new services to the community. Despite state and federal level mandates limiting in-person business, tightened budgets and ballooning construction costs, Kennewick – the largest and most densely populated of the four cities…

Earth moving equipment prepares the site of one of the two Amazon distribution centers being built along South Road 40 East in Pasco. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Pasco: $150M in city projects on deck for next year

Pasco will begin construction on a new home for the Tri-Cities Animal Control building by spring 2022. So says David Zabell, Pasco city manager. The animal control facility is by no means the largest or most complicated undertaking on the city’s $150 million capital projects list for the coming year. Water and wastewater plants hold…

Development in the Horn Rapids area in Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Richland: Pace of progress picks up despite pandemic

The pace of progress is on the rise in Richland, where the city has issued nearly twice as many commercial building permits through July 2021 compared to the same time period last year. While the overall number of permits has increased, the value of the projects is coming in lower, said Mandy Wallner, marketing specialist…

Residential construction at the Heights at Red Mountain Ranch in West Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

West Richland: More bedrooms to bring more commercial development

West Richland often is called the Tri-Cities’ bedroom community. Plenty more bedrooms were built in the past year and more are coming with the buildout of the Heights at Red Mountain Ranch. The west end of the city saw a boom of new home construction in 2021. In 2020, the city recorded a total of…