JUMP on track for 2015 finish

The complex framework is mostly done. Colorful details will follow.

sberg@idahostatesman.comApril 25, 2014 

A meeting room will have a view of Downtown Boise and the Foothills to the north. A leisure area will overlook a grassy park and walkway that cuts through it. A pair of slides will usher both kids and adults from the upper stories to the ground.

Jack's Urban Meeting Place is taking shape, and it hasn't been easy. Experienced construction crews call this the most complex project they've worked on. A double-helix system of ramps to and from an underground parking garage strained concrete workers' brains, as did a series of interconnected grids that are all slightly skewed in relation to each other.

McAlvain Construction gave a few dozen people a tour of the JUMP project site Thursday. The building is going up between Front, Myrtle, 9th and 11th streets. The Simplot family designed the $70 million project as a tribute to agriculture magnate J.R. Simplot's "spirit of adventure, fun and risk-taking," spokesman David Cuoio said.

When it's done, JUMP will include several studios for dancing, cooking and multimedia learning, as well as recreation space, meeting rooms and antique tractor displays.

Crews are also laying the groundwork for the Simplot World Headquarters just north of JUMP. That nine-story building is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

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