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New residence hall construction update

A construction site with freshly poured concrete

Construction crews continue to progress on the university’s new residence hall near Albertsons Library.

The majority of the underground utility relocation and connections are complete, and the footings and structure of the building are now being built. The first floor will be constructed with poured concrete and the subsequent floors will be framed with steel studs.

A tower crane will be moving material and equipment around the site in the coming weeks. Tower cranes are erected on site, modularly, and require several trucks carrying tower sections, the cab, boom and more in order to assemble it correctly and safely. Cranes companies generally do not allow any crane to lift more than 80% of its lifting capacity. Out of an abundance of caution, Boise State does not allow anything over 75%. Once assembled on site, a safety inspection will be completed, and the crane will be load tested and certified before it is used on campus.

Boise State broke ground on the new 450-bed, 98,000-square-foot residence hall in September 2023. It will have three wings, two with six stories and one with five. The first level will split to allow pass-throughs and not hinder traffic flows on the Greenbelt. The building will be open fall 2025 for incoming freshmen.