US Bank plaza to be removed, replaced to fix waterproofing

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The plaza around the US Bank Building will turn into a construction zone soon.

New owner Laird Norton Properties – and former owner and current project manager Gardner Co. will launch a project to tear up the plaza and replace it. The work will involve removing all the existing paving, planters and walls. Crews will then replace the entire project in a design similar to the 2015 project.

The waterproofing dates to the 1970s, according to the permit filing. Boise-based Morrison Knudsen built the then-Idaho First Plaza building, opening it in mid-1978. Here’s how the employee newsletter for M-K described the work:

Images of the Idaho First Plaza building under construction in the late 1970s. Photo via the eM-Kayan, courtesy Boise State University Special Collections.

“A reflection of the bank’s commitment to the state’s continuing growth is Idaho First Plaza, a new banking and office tower now in final stages of construction in Boise. When completed in late summer, the new building will serve as corporate and operational headquarters of the bank, as well as provide prestigious office space for other tenants.”

Earlier this year, Laird Norton Properties of Seattle purchased the building from previous owner Gardner Co. Gardner VP David Wali said the plaza repair was part of the sales agreement between the two companies.

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