Downtown Boise's 8th and Main building reaches highest point

April 24, 2013 

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter signs the last girder to be placed in the tower at 8th and Main during a "topping out" ceremony to celebrate the building reaching its full height on Wednesday.

The crane operator raised one last steel beam, decorated with an American flag on one end, a small conifer on the other end and dozens of dignitaries' signatures in between, into place a little before noon Wednesday.

The ceremonial "topping off" of the 8th and Main building in Downtown Boise is a major step for one of the most watched building projects in recent Idaho history. Built on the site of the city's long-vacant and infamous "Hole in the Ground," 8th and Main is within a year of completion. About 80 percent of its square footage has been leased, officials for the Gardner Co. - which owns the project - said Wednesday.

When the building is complete, a spire atop 8th and Main will reach 323 feet, making it the tallest commercial building in Idaho.

Read Thursday's print edition for more coverage.

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