Construction

Boise
9:29 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Plans Announced To Expand Boise Convention Space

The Greater Boise Auditorium District has announced plans to partner with the Gardner Company to create more convention space by expanding the Boise Centre.

Officials including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist and the Auditorium District Board made the announcement Thursday.

Plans call for two new buildings with about 43,000 square feet of space for meetings and a kitchen to be built on the parking lot around the U.S. Bank building owned by the Gardner Company.

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Housing Market
10:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Data: How Idaho's Housing Market Has Changed Since 2006

The average Ada County home price in July 2013 was $239,194, in July 2006 it was $279,391.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise housing market is coming off the strongest sales period the region has seen since before the housing bubble burst in 2008. Low interest rates and relatively low demand helped drive home values higher this summer.  

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Construction
8:13 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Tablets Become More Common At Idaho Construction Sites

Credit Sean MacEntee / Flickr Creative Commons

This fall, Boise State University students taking Casey Cline's class on construction management for the first time will need to bring an iPad or some other tablet-style computer.

Cline says he is imposing this new rule because the devices are becoming ever-more present on job sites for uploading data reports, photos and job specs.

Cline told the Idaho Business Review he simply wants his students better prepared for the real world.

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Construction
3:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Boise Leaders Celebrate Milestone At 8th And Main Tower

The final beam is hoisted to the 18th floor of the 8th and Main Tower. The completed building will replace the well-known "hole" left after a fire destroyed the Eastman building in 1987.
Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio

This morning, ironworkers celebrated the “topping off” at the Eighth and Main Tower in downtown Boise. Business and political leaders watched as the final beam was placed at the top of the 18-story building.

Visitors to the private event signed their names before the beam was hoisted above the city’s skyline.


Speaking from the windy rooftop, developer Kem Gardner thanked construction workers who have been building the Tower.

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Economy
9:59 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Housing Rebound Has More Northwest Sawmills Buzzing

Credit Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally.  That's according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle. 

Wood Resources International president Hakan Ekstrom  says the region's sawmills are returning to profitability thanks to a happy coincidence of rising domestic and foreign demand.

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Construction
4:13 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Boise State Construction Snarls University Drive

Construction on University Drive.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

If you visit the Boise State campus this fall, you are likely to run into some construction. Three separate projects are disrupting the flow of traffic on University Drive. At times, parts of the street are down to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic.

Jared Everett is with Campus Planning and Facilities.  One project will link Boise’s geothermal heating system to the University.

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StateImpact Idaho
6:30 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Little By Little, Idaho's Hard-Hit Housing Market Begins To Revive

Housing development in Meridian, Idaho.
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

Idaho was hit hard in the housing crash.  For the better part of three years, the state’s foreclosure rate was one of the highest in the nation.  The Boise area saw the worst of it.  That means it’s been a while since this scene played out with any kind of regularity.

Lynne Smith pushes open the door of the home she’ll move into in just a couple of weeks. "This is it!" she says.  "It’s just nice to come in and look around and say, 'Oh, this is going to be my house!'"

It’s brand new.  It even smells new.