Friday, December 13, 2013

KTVB-7: 8th and Main Spire Gets One More Redesign

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Idaho's highest-profile (quite literally) construction project is getting tweaked ... again.

Following a debate swirling around the spire atop the Eighth and Main tower—which is now just several weeks away from completion—officials with the Gardner Co. agreed to make some changes. Some citizens complained to Boise City Hall and the building's owners, arguing that the building's topper looked a bit like the top of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building.

Gardner officials agreed to surround the lower half of the spire with glass, but it turns out that the specialty glass used on the rest of the building would take a minimum of six months to construct and ship.

Now, KTVB-7 reports that Gardner officials have filed another revision with the City of Boise where the spire's aluminum will be reclad so that it's "no as bright."

"The aluminum will be recladded with a dark er color, kind of a darker color, that matches the glass," said Gardner COO Tommy Ahlquist told KTVB-7."I think the look is essentially the same, and we can get it done in a much quicker time frame. Much quicker. Hopefully, this is the last time we're talking about the spire."

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