Survey Indicates Wash. Green Jobs Are on the Rise

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A survey produced by the state’s Employment Security Department identified 99,319 green jobs in Washington in 2009, about 3.3 percent of the state’s work force.
The survey, released in March, suggests green jobs grew by 33 percent, or 15,100 positions, for companies that were surveyed in 2008 and again in 2009.
“If Washington can see this kind of shift to green jobs during a recession, just think what will happen as our economy recovers,” says Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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Boxing Clever: Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Washington Department of Corrections’ new $190 million Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, a hybrid-housing design-build project by Integrus, Rosser and Hunt/Lydig, could soon become the first LEED Silver prison campus in the United States.

The 2,048-bed project in the central Washington is part of the department’s long-term master plan to relieve system-wide overcrowding, end out-of-state inmate transfers and meet future population forecasts.

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U.S. Courthouse, Seattle

With a sleek symmetrical tower that stretches nearly 400 feet into Seattle’s skyline, the federal courthouse that opened in the city in 2004 is one of latest architectural gems created to improve the federal justice system aesthetically and functionally.

The $220 million facility, designed by Seattle-based architectural firm NBBJ and operated by the U.S. General Services Administration, covers a two-acre parcel in downtown Seattle. The courtroom tower has 23 floors with 18 courtrooms and 22 judicial chambers. An adjacent office building houses several federal agencies.

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