Work begins around spire atop Boise's 8th and Main building

sberg@idahostatesman.comNovember 28, 2013 

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The spire atop the 8th and Main building in downtown Boise will soon undergo a transformation.

DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

What are they changing?

The Gardner Co., which owns the building, is covering metal panels on the first two levels of its 57-foot spire with the same kind of glass that covers the southeast corner.

Why?

After people complained that the spire helped make the 18-floor building look like a Mormon temple, Gardner came up with a plan to change its appearance. The owner still doesn't know the retrofit's exact cost.

When will this happen?

Gardner hopes to finish before the building's grand opening in mid-February, but there are some complicating factors. One is the availability of the glass, which comes from Wisconsin. Another is moving the materials: Workers must carry them up piece by piece because there's no longer a crane at the construction site, Gardner said.

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