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Concordia to begin renovation, construction this week

Concordia University is expected to break ground on the construction of a new law school complex in downtown Boise this week.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s ceremony.

The Portland, Ore., school closed last month on its purchase of a building and property to house the new Concordia University School of Law.

The existing two-story, 17,000-square-foot building will become the law library and renovations will commence within the next 30 days. In addition to modifications to the existing structure, an additional three-story, 33,000-square-foot addition is planned for completion in June 2011. The completed structure will meet the law school’s need for classrooms, offices and amenities.

The architect is Group Mackenzie, of Portland, and the general contractor is Union Corner Construction, of Vancouver, Wash., who plans to source jobs and subcontractors locally from the Treasure Valley.

Chief Financial Officer Dennis Stoecklin said the $8.5 million project will begin this month with demolition and renovation work of the building at the site. Enrollment is expected by fall 2011.

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