Huge Amounts of Concrete to be Poured Into Boise Hole This Weekend

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A landmark event in the filling of the Boise Hole will occur this weekend—but most of it will happen while the city sleeps.

More than 1,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured into the hole this weekend, an integral step in Engineered Structures Inc.'s massive construction project, which will eventually rise to the Eighth and Main tower, expected to be the highest structure in Idaho.

"Does this mean that after this weekend's project, it will no longer be 'The Hole?'" asked Boise Council Member Lauren McClean at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Capital City Development Corporation.

"No, it's going to be a hole for awhile," answered Max Clark, parking and facilities director for CCDC.

Clark briefed the CCDC board on this weekend's schedule, which will see huge flood lights perched atop the adjacent Eastman Parking Garage to beam down into the hole. Pouring is expected to begin 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Trucks are expected to roll through the Grove Plaza for the project very late Saturday night.

In this week's edition of Boise Weekly, we spend some time in the hole with David Bowar, ESI project manager.

"That's a lot of blood and sweat down there," he said, pointing to the now infamous hole.

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