BOISE -- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter smiles when he says its "crane season" in downtown Boise. But, those days are numbered.
In an exclusive "inside the beams" tour of the new transportation hub and 9-story Clearwater Building, Gardner Company COO Tommy Alquist showed KTVB they are on schedule in a transformation process in downtown Boise unlike anything the city has ever seen.
"It's hard to imagine until you come down here to see how big it's gonna be," said Ahlquist. "So, they enter off of Capital (Boulevard), and they will make a full loop around here. This will be the access down from Main Street. For the first time ever we'll put public transportation on display where ridership will go up and funding might increase, but we really need to figure that out. Any time we do a study on what families need, it's public transportation. It'll really energize this whole area, and as students go back and forth, and as people use this to go to the airport, I think this will be their entrance into the city right at the heart."
Local tech investment and software firm Clearwater Analytics will take up the top five floors of the building, a half-court basketball court will be one of the features on the top floor.
The convention center will have a ballroom and meeting spaces on the fourth floor, with an indoor breeze way that will connect it to the Boise Centre.
Boise State's Computer Sciences Department will take up the second and third floors.
"It's neat to watch things come together, and when people see buildings I see relationships, because when I look at 8th and Main I think of all the people that had to bring that together," said Ahlquist. "Everything had to work out just perfectly, and it did. You know we stand here on this project, there were just several key meetings where the right people came together with relationships, so for most people they see buildings, I see relationships and stories and how did it all happen. And then to watch it come together it's just really rewarding."
On Tuesday they will hold the traditional *top off* ceremony as they place the final steel beam on the top of the ninth story.