Bundling Up: Eighth and Main Brings Down Crane, Puts Up Skin 

"It will be closed up the end of the week. We'll start getting the building skinned and interior finish will begin."

It's what's inside that counts now.

Patrick Sweeney

It's what's inside that counts now.

As a bracing northwest wind whipped across downtown Boise, the city's high-profile construction site--the Eighth and Main tower--was about to be zipped into its winter coat.

"It will be closed up the end of the week," said Geoff Wardle, vice president of development and general counsel for the Gardner Company, developer of what will become Idaho's tallest structure. "We'll start getting the building skinned and interior finish will begin."

Wardle told Boise Weekly that the large crane that has been a mainstay at the tower was no longer required and was being dismantled.

"We're feeling really good about where we are," said Wardle, adding that tenant improvements and interior construction on the first- and second-floor lobby were on schedule.

Additionally, Wardle said that Eighth and Main was finishing paperwork with the city of Boise in order to transfer partial ownership of the building to Zions Bank, financing partner of the project, which has made the once-ridiculed Boise Hole a fading memory.

"We're condominiumizing the space," he said.

No, that doesn't mean that residential condominiums are being built inside the tower. Instead, the condominium plat will allow Zions to own approximately 11 percent of the building, including the space that will become its new Idaho headquarters.

"Zions will ultimately be acquiring a portion of the building," Wardle told BW. The acquisition will require approval from Boise Planning and Zoning at its Monday, Oct. 14, meeting.

Zions will share space at the $76 million building with law firm Holland & Hart, four restaurants and Zenergy Health Club.

Wardle said contractors are right on schedule.

"ESI is working hard to get its work done," he said. "And we're getting more excited about opening the building the first quarter of next year."

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