Eighth and Main Spire: Why The New Colors?

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A number of cities across the globe have witnessed skyscraper, towers and spires change colors to honor or celebrate holidays and causes. And now, Idaho's tallest building has begun doing the same.

Nighttime visitors to downtown Boise may have noticed that the Eighth and Main building has already changed the color of its spire from blue to purple. The purple will continue through Thursday, Nov. 13, in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. On Friday, Nov. 14, the spire will be blue to mark World Diabetes Day. And from Monday, Nov. 17, through Monday, Nov. 24, the spire will be purple again to mark World Prematurity Day and the work of the March of Dimes.

"We hope that the change of scenery will spark some conversation about these important issues," said Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist. "When communities come together to rally around important issues like these, we can accomplish amazing things.

In addition to overseeing some of Idaho's highest-profile projects, including the Eighth and Main building and the under way City Center Plaza, Ahlquist is also a physician specializing in emergency medicine.