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Trampoline park will fill former Sports Authority on Milwaukee Street

July 2, 2018

Original Article By: Idaho Business Review - Teya Vitu

Altitude Trampoline Park, a six-year-old national recreational trampoline company based in Colleyville, Texas, will end the two-year vacancy at the former Sports Authority space on Milwaukee Street.

Sports Authority departed from Boise’s Milwaukee Street July 31, 2016 and the 45,200-square-foot space behind Barnes & Noble had no takers until now.

“We were fortunate to get Altitude,” said Bob Mitchell, the Thornton Oliver Keller broker who sealed the deal.

The space is the third of five former Sports Authority stores in Idaho to find a new use – all nontraditional for retail space – since the national sports retailer folded in 2016. CircusTrix, also a trampoline park, filled the Sports Authority in Nampa; and A SPiCRM call center now occupies a former Sports Authority space in Coeur d’Alene. The stores in Lewiston and Idaho Falls still have no tenants but a lease could be close for Idaho Falls.

“It’s just a matter of trying to be creative,” Mitchell said. “Any building can be used for a variety of purposes. Retail is always going to evolve. ”

The Sports Authority and Barnes & Noble building originally was a Grocery Warehouse. Mitchell noted the building has 25-foot ceilings, ideal for a trampoline park and not all that common in the Treasure Valley.

Erik Hamilton moved from Park City, Utah, to open the first Altitude Trampoline Park in Idaho – the third in the Pacific Northwest. A Spokane Altitude opened early in June; there is another in Marysville, Washington.  Altitudes in Boise; Portland, Oregon; Jordan, Utah; and Bellevue, Washington are under construction.

Hamilton put the Altitude sign up June 22 and expects to open in September or October. Phase Zero Design of Simsbury, Connecticut is the architect. Datum Construction of Meridian is the general contractor.

The Boise park will be one of the larger of the 56 Altitude parks now open in 23 states. Another 43 are under construction in existing states plus eight more states. Boise will have nearly all of the Altitude offerings, including performance trampoline, trapeze, rock walls, basketball and dodgeball, Hamilton said.

Hamilton initially looked at opening a trampoline park in the Salt Lake City market but said there was a lot of trampoline competition there and real estate was tougher to get. He also looked at St. George, Utah.

“When you look at the demographics, Boise is trending in the right direction,” he said.

Trampoline parks nationally became the rage in the 2010s.

Other trampoline parks in the Treasure Valley include locally owned and independent JumpTime in Boise and Meridian, and franchise operations CircusTrix in Nampa, Urban Air in Meridian and Fly High Adventure Parks in Boise, all opened in recent years. JumpTime was the first to open, in 2010. The International Association of Trampoline Parks was only founded in 2012.

“I would say we are oversaturated now,” said Chad Babcock, owner of JumpTime, who has a third trampoline park in Twin Falls and is building a fourth in Bozeman, Montana, set to open in December. “Not everybody does their homework as they should. We may be the fastest-growing state but we’re not that big.”

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Eagle State of the City: 'Growth has been a major issue'

Planning for growth is a top priority for Eagle.

March 7, 2018

Original Article By: KTVB - Tami Tremblay

"We got a late start and have some overlap with sponsors, host and producers however the program has been well accepted by the community and we will polish our process next year.

When we first decided to reach out to the community about this new scholarship, we didn’t quite know what to expect. We were amazed to find that so many in our community willing to support non-traditional higher education, and how they transitioned into partnering with the City.

Including our Platinum donor Datum Construction. We are honored to have such a giving community and look forward to granting the first scholarships this fall."

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Lack of workers, not materials, slows Boise building, execs say

August 19,  2016

Original Article By: Idaho Statesman - Zach Kyle

A shortage of workers — and to a lesser extent, a shortage in building materials — has changed the way Meridian’s Datum Construction tackles building projects.

In the past, Datum owner Keith Jones said he could order materials as subcontractor crews made progress on the pharmacies, restaurants and other commercial buildings Datum builds in the Valley. Now, he said, suppliers are struggling with their inventories, especially for steel and concrete. He said suppliers promising to deliver materials in two to six weeks instead deliver in six or seven.

“Now, I map out all of my materials deliveries, and then I start,” Jones said. . . 

 . . . But contractors who build commercial buildings say that a shortage of skilled workers — and not materials or equipment — presents the bigger headache. . . 

The lack of subcontractors persists. That has been a problem in the Valley since workers left construction or moved away for work during the Great Recession. . . 

 . . . Wayne Hammon, CEO of Idaho Associated General Contractors, a trade association in Boise that includes commercial builders, said he polled five association members about logistics problems.

“Nobody reported any kind of materials shortage, just labor” he said. “People are having a hard time finding people.”

He said a local concrete supplier is working overtime to keep up with increasing demand, and a local asphalt supplier is running at full capacity, which is typical during construction season.

Jones said Datum hasn’t missed a completion date. . . . 

“We can manage our way through, as opposed to dealing with issues as they come,” Jones said. “It’s the difference between management and crisis management.”

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As scars heal, commercial builders take more work and make more money

June 15, 2016

Original Article By: Idaho Statesman - Zach Kyle

"In late May, general contractor Keith Jones watched as subcontractors erected the steel skeleton of a new Rite-Aid at the intersection of Victory and Eagle roads just east of Meridian’s city limits.

Work all but dried up for his company, Datum Construction, and other general contractors during the recession. Datum lost money in 2012, in part because four subcontractors went bankrupt, leaving Jones holding the bag for $2.9 million.

“It knocked me on the canvas,” Jones says. “I got up and started throwing punches again in 2013. I slowly built my way back.”

Jones is not alone. Nonresidential construction revenue fell by nearly a third from 2008 to 2010 nationwide. It has recovered since, topping 2008’s record revenue last year. In the Treasure Valley, the value of commercial construction reached $363 million in 2015, double 2013’s level, according to ConstructConnect, an industry research company.

There is no letup in 2016. Construction nationwide set monthly revenue records in January, February and March, according to U.S. Census estimates.


 - Keith Jones, Datum Construction owner

Jones’ Meridian company has managed construction of dozens of pharmacies in the Treasure Valley. With a construction cost of $3 million and about 15,000 square feet of commercial space, the new Rite Aid hits Datum’s sweet spot. The company also builds medical buildings and restaurants, including a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers being built in Eagle.

Jones says Datum has doubled revenue each year in recent years, though he declines to disclose amounts. He has already booked more work for 2016 than last year. Contractors and subcontractors are scrambling to cover all of the work that needs doing in the Valley.

Some of the Valley’s largest contractors are seizing on the national boom to expand their footprints. . . ."

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What you’re saying about the potential Costco

January 15, 2016

Original Article By: Meridian Press - Holly Beech

"Many of our readers responded on the Meridian Press Facebook page to the news that a Costco is likely moving to the southeast corner of North Linder Road and East Chinden Boulevard this year.


A Costco representative said the company doesn’t comment on specific locations, but Datum Construction owner Keith Jones told me his crews are preparing the site for Costco in what will be the new Linder Village, which will house about 30 businesses.


Northwest Meridian is also seeing hundreds of new homes go up, as outlined in our page 3 story last week, “New homes, new businesses popping up in northwest Meridian. . . . "

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