by Andrew Crisp
Boise's Design Review Committee has signed off on new details of Jack's Urban Meeting Place, a multi-use facility planned for downtown, paid for by the Simplot family to honor the late J.R. Simplot.
Design Review members James Marsh, Thomas Zabala, Trent Koci and Brian Garrett sat down Wednesday afternoon with Adamson Associates architects Jeniffer Russell and George Metzger to review new mock-ups of the six-story, 65,000-square-foot facility, which will be surrounded by abundant green space in what is certain to be one of Idaho's largest construction projects.
New renderings of the space showed big changes, including coloring and new incorporations of glass paneling and concrete. The 7.5-acre site bounded by Front, Ninth, Myrtle and 11th streets, has been closed off since March as construction crews prepare to build an underground parking facility and foundation.
"Materials have changed quite a bit," said Metzger.
Metzger told the committee that changes, including redesigning the parking structure to use white concrete instead of steel, were made after concerns were raised in a prior Design Review meeting.
The attached parking facility would include the Simplot family's antique tractor collection set into "little jewel boxes," tucked into the face of the structure, according to Russell.
The revised design includes more glass, certain to give "the structure a glow which changes given the time of day," said Metzger, with lighting along pathways in the evening.
Wednesday's meeting also considered adjacent components, including a fountain, a 100-seat amphitheater, more than one stainless steel slide, a children's play area, an orchard area with fruit trees, and patio and cafe seating.
Ultimately, the committee voted unanimously to approve the materials changes. They opted to revisit a mechanical grate and further landscaping on Monday, Aug. 6.