A worker installs the last I-beam on Boise Centre East as part of the topping out ceremony.
The Greater Boise Auditorium District celebrated its topping out ceremony Feb. 17, placing the last I-beam in the convention center expansion that began last summer. It was also a chance for Boise to get some of its first views from the top of Boise Centre East, the district's ambitious new convention center in the Grove Plaza.
According to Mary-Michael Rogers, communications manager at the Boise Centre, construction on the new facility should be complete by early September—in time for the Top Fuel meeting of the American Nuclear Society, set for Sept. 11-16. The event is expected to bring 350 nuclear scientists and facility administrators to the City of Trees.
Much work remains to be done on the convention center, including completing its exterior and adding electrical and insulation. Powered Vue Glass, which auto tints in direct sunlight, will be used for the building's fourth floor windows. Additionally, construction on an 11-foot-wide concourse that will connect Boise Centre East, CenturyLink Arena and the Boise Centre is slated to begin in early May, with a completion date sometime in December.
BW Slideshow: Greater Boise Auditorium District Throws Topping Out Ceremony for Boise Centre East
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