by Andrew Crisp
The team behind JUMP, the Simplot family's urban multipurpose events space, has begun the first phases of the major construction project.
Jack's Urban Meeting Place - designed to pay homage to the late J.R. Simplot - will feature a 7.5-acre parcel in the heart of Boise's downtown and will house a six-story, 65,000-square-foot structure and more than three acres of green space.
Today, the project welcomed members of the media to the building site to witness the initial stages of construction. Lambert Construction removed the roof from the structure currently standing on the property, just off Ninth Street. The building was an old stockyard from the 1940s, and stands adjacent to a rail line that bisected the asphalted piece of land.
Rather than demolish the structure outright, the construction team is trucking the roof back to Caldwell for use in construction of a new building.
The crews will begin work on construction as early as April of this year. Operations manager Dan Drinkward with Hoffman Construction, the company in overall charge of the property, said the entire project could be completed as early as summer 2014.
"Each day the site will have 120 construction jobs out here in total, with about 1,000 in the construction phase overall," said Drinkward.
Parking for the development will be provided by 450 spaces in an underground lot, as well as 100 spaces above-ground. The building will extend along a 400-foot stretch of Myrtle Street.