The public can get its first look at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place on Sunday, Dec. 13, when the first of three open houses is planned, according to a Tuesday morning announcement.
A collection of creative studios and other public spaces, the JUMP building in Downtown Boise is intended to be a tribute to J.R. Simplot’s spirit of fun, risk-taking and thinking outside the box. It will officially open its lobby doors Dec. 15, providing some answers about what Tuesday’s press release calls “an anticipated yet mysterious project for many in the greater Boise area.”
“JUMP was developed with the guiding philosophy that we all have something meaningful to contribute and that you can achieve things you didn’t think were possible,” JUMP executive director Maggic Soderberg said in the press release. “There is no other building like JUMP in Boise or anywhere else and the best way to understand what JUMP is all about is to experience it for yourself.”
Open houses will be held from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 13, 20 and 27. JUMP’s hours starting Dec. 15 will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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Construction crews broke ground on the building in 2012. While work inside it is “virtually complete,” some external projects must still be finished, including on-site parking, which isn’t yet available. A park and other external features must also still be completed.
The building will feature studio space for cooking, building with tools, dancing, and recording and editing video. It will also feature an amphitheater, a five-story slide and rooftop gardens.