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Eberlestock Distribution Center will be ‘striking’

Nearly a year after it burned, construction of Boise’s Eberlestock Distribution Center is moving along.

Located at 2900 Main St., the original building was destroyed by an early morning fire in January 2010, as it was undergoing a remodel. The company, owned by Glen Eberle, manufactures specialty backpacks for hunters and military personnel.

Keeping with the historic look of the original 1947 structure, the 13,350-square-foot rebuild will include a barrel roof, and a roman brick and wood exterior, said General Contractor Todd Weltner, owner of VERTICAL Construction of Boise.

“We were able to save the foundation and the walls,” Weltner said. “It won’t look like a typical commercial building, but was designed similar to a custom home project.”

Boise Architect Ward Schwider said the distribution center has been one of the most complicated projects he’s worked on. Schwider is owner of Architectural Productions.

“Reusing some of the concrete and brick provided some challenges,” Schwider said.

Most of the two-story structure will be devoted to warehouse space with offices planned upstairs. Construction started in September and is expected to wrap up in February 2011.

“It is difficult to describe what happens when you lose everything in a fire,” Eberle said. “We were going to survive it, and transform our headquarters into something striking.”

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Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.