Jul. 19, 2015

Under Construction: City Center Plaza

Photo by Tommy Ahlquist, Gardner Company

Gardner Company COO Tommy Ahlquist shares a unique view of construction at City Center Plaza - upside down welding!

Aug. 4, 2016

Boise Construction Jobs Rise at Nation’s 2nd-Fastest Pace

Construction employment grew at a faster rate in the Boise area than in all but one of the nation’s metro areas over the past 12 months, an industry group said Tuesday.

The Associated General Contractors of America said the Boise area added an estimated 3,600 construction jobs between June 2015 and June 2016, a 19 percent increase to 22,600 workers. Of the 358 metro areas the association tracks, 228 grew, but only Kokomo, Indiana, grew at a faster rate, adding 200 jobs to last year’s 1,000.

Jun. 3, 2016

Idaho Led The Nation In Construction Job Growth In April

Idaho had the No. 1 construction job growth in the nation from March to April. Only 23 states saw job gains in construction in early spring, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. “The slowdown for the month (elsewhere) may reflect the elevated hiring that occurred earlier this year in many states that experienced mild winters,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the AGC. Statewide, construction jobs in Idaho reached 41,600 employees in April, the highest level since October 2008, according to an AGC analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data. Idaho peaked at 53,300 construction workers in June 2006.

Feb. 25, 2016

Downtown Boise Experiencing Unprecedented Construction Boom

Downtown Boise has never seen a boom like this one. Old-timers talk about the Grove Plaza-centric boom of the late 1980s and ’90s, when the Wells Fargo building, Grove Hotel, Boise Centre and other Downtown cornerstones came out of the ground. In some ways, that growth spurt was more important than what’s going on now. It set the template for what Boise’s urban core would look like.

But in terms of square footage, this era is unprecedented. Depending on where you draw Downtown’s boundaries, anywhere between seven and 15 major projects are under construction or in the planning phase. “I’ve been here for 23 years. Downtown sort of goes through clusters of activity, but nothing like what we’ve got now,” city of Boise planning director Hal Simmons said.

Simmons expects Downtown development to stay hot. He pointed to major projects in the works, including the expansion of St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center’s downtown campus and developer Clay Carley’s proposed apartment building on the southwest corner of 5th and Idaho streets. Simmons also expects to see more projects in the Central Addition area between Capitol Boulevard, Myrtle Street, Broadway and Front Street.


Jan. 25, 2016

Mother Earth Set to Begin Construction on Nampa Brewery

Mother Earth Brew Co. intends to take possession of the former Syngenta Seed building in Nampa on Feb. 1 with hopes to be brewing beer by June. Mother Earth beer, now brewed near San Diego, became available in stores across Idaho in late October. Sixteen Albertsons stores are about to start carrying the brand, Mother Earth owner Daniel Love said.

So far, he said, the Boo Koo IPA and Sin Tax Peanut Butter Stout are his best sellers in Idaho. Mother Earth will be the largest craft beer brewer in Idaho if it meets Love’s projection of 22,000 barrels in the first year in Nampa. Love believes he will produce 10,000 to 15,000 barrels by the end of 2016.

May. 20, 2016

Boise State Is Bustling With Construction Work

Four large construction projects at Boise State University are in various phases of starting up, finishing off, hiring architects and raising funds. The $150 million building spree will lay the groundwork for Boise State to become a materials research leader; consolidate its fine arts department; create a home for students in the Honors College; and bring a headquarters to alumni association.

Oct. 16, 2014

Construction Jobs Up In Idaho

A May study by the Associated General Contractors of America stated that Idaho’s construction jobs had increased by around 2.9 percent. Lack of highway financing in some states keeps construction workers out of jobs, according to the group.

May. 4, 2016

Construction to Start on New $9.4 Million Nampa Holiday Inn

The new hotel, located at 16173 Midland Boulevard, is off I-84 at the Midland Boulevard exit.

“The addition of this new hotel is a result of significant growth in Nampa,” Henry said. “With new industries in and around Nampa, thanks to Boise Valley Economic Partnership and our Economic Development Office, the new Holiday Inn will help meet the growing need for more hotel accommodations in Nampa.”

The hotel will be four stories with 85 rooms, a full service restaurant, conference center, media lounge, and state of the art fitness center and pool. 

Jun. 27, 2015

A Trip to the Top of Boise

A trip to the top of Boise

Idaho Statesman reporter Sven Berg and ESI project engineer Adam Johnson take us up the 310-foot crane at City Center Plaza, a 22,000 square foot, 9-story office building under construction in the heart of Downtown Boise. 

Dec. 10, 2014

JUMP in Progress

Photo by JUMP photographer Michael McCullough

A wintry look at the progress of Jack's Urban Meeting Place - or JUMP as it's quickly becoming known. Once complete, this downtown Boise location plans to be a celebration of creativity and inspiration, a place for the community to participate in a kaleidoscope of ever-changing activities, events, and programs.