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

April 24, 2013 


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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