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Russell Breaks Ground on the New Meridian Family YMCA

(January 17, 2017)

South Meridian Family YMCA at The Hill, is part of a campus that incorporates a visionary new approach to holistic education, health and well-being. Also called the “Y at the Hill,” the facility will be home to a new state-of-the-art YMCA facility, plus an aquatics center, city library, Hillside Elementary School, and St. Luke’s Transitional Health Center. This collaboration will provide a national model in seeking to build healthy community with an innovative, pro-active approach.

A 10-acre city park, is scheduled to open in 2017, and the Y is expected to open in 2018. This pioneering project brings recreation, education, wellness and literacy to one campus. The 60,000 square foot YMCA will share gymnasium, child development and health care services space with the adjacent Hillside Elementary School.

The Hill is an innovative collaboration of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, the West Ada School District, St. Luke’s Health Services, the City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department and the Meridian Library District.

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Russell Corporation’s West Ada School Project is State of the Art

(January 6, 2017)

Hillside Elementary School in Meridian, Idaho is one of West Ada School District’s newest schools, and is the school component for an innovative, new community called South Meridian Family YMCA at The Hill, or, the “The Hill” campus.  When complete, the campus will include a new YMCA facility, an aquatics center, a city library, and St. Luke’s Transitional Health Center. The 13 million-dollar, two-story school is located near Meridian’s South Eagle Road/Amity Road intersection.

Hillside Elementary School is state of the art, and is a significant departure from the District’s normal elementary model. The school shares a common wall with the Y, allowing for cross-building access and shared-space use and activities by all of the partners at The Hill. Although the school is built on a relatively small site, it also enjoys immediate access to the brand new 10-acre Hillsdale Park to the west, which will be built in 2017.

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Russell Corporation Teams Up on the River Campus at The Boise WaterShed

(December 23, 2016)

The Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center promotes water stewardship through exhibits, public art, and programming. Located at the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Facility, some of the building’s features include an exhibit hall, library and community room. Surrounding this education center are two acres of grounds known as the River Campus, a park-like experience that integrates public art, exhibits, landscaping and a water feature that tells the complex story of our valley’s watershed. The Campus was constructed in 2016, with a Grand Opening Celebration planned for spring of 2017.

Members of the Russell Corporation team were involved in a collaborative effort that joined community educators, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, and artists. There are more than 22 distinct elements in the Park, which include a wet lands basin, reservoir, interpretive trail, running river, and play area. The setting design takes you on a journey of the Boise River watershed, from the headwaters to the wastewater treatment facility. The Boise WaterShed boasts the largest collection of public art in Idaho, and is a partnership between the Boise Public Works Department and the non-profit organization, Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.

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The Village at Meridian Time Lapse on YouTube

(March 3, 2015)

Starting with an aerial shot in October of 2011, and finishing with recent images of The Village at Meridian, follow the construction journey from start-to-finish. Now viewable on YouTube, this time lapse video shows aerials and other shots of the transformation.

The Village Time Lapse on YouTube

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Russell Managing Construction of Boise Credit Union

(August 26, 2014)

The Russell Corporation is providing General Contracting and Construction Management services for a new credit union in Boise, Idaho. Pioneer Federal Credit Union will be located at 2350 South Broadway Avenue, and will be approximately 5,500 square feet at completion.

The architect on the project is Larry Knopp, of LRK Architects, and the completion date is projected for November of 2014.

The official groundbreaking was held Friday, June 6th, with participation from representatives of Pioneer Federal, Boise Chamber of Commerce, and Idaho Sand and Gravel.

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CenterCal calls Russell The Premier Contractor in the Mountain States

(May 15, 2014)

Following months of work on The Village at Meridian, CenterCal Properties, LLC calls Russell Corporation “the premier Design-Build Contractor in the Mountain States.”

Craig J. Trottier, Vice President of Development at CenterCal Properties, LLC, wrote in a May 7th, 2014 letter to Neal Russell of the Russell Corporation:

“Over the past 30 months, we have worked with you and your company through the design and construction of one of the finest mixed use projects in the United States, The Village at Meridian. I can say, without hesitation, The Russell Corposation is the premier Design-Build Contractor in the Mountain States.”

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Visitors Enjoy The Village at Meridian

(December 24, 2013)

Treasure Valley shoppers are taking in all the impressive offerings now available in the setting of The Village at Meridian. Russell Corporation is the General Contractor/Construction Manager for the $300 million project, and as of October’s Grand Opening, over 70 percent of The Village was leased.

Many national restaurants and retailers are making their first forays into Idaho at The Village.

At the heart of The Village is a one-acre plaza, welcoming visitors to enjoy a Bellagio-style fountain experience, complete with music and lights.

An ice skating rink is drawing visitors for an outdoor winter activity, and open firepits are gathering spots in this European-style setting.

For indoor entertainment, movie-goers can partake in a 15-plex theatre with unique and state-of-the-art experiences with seating, sound and service. Big Al’s bowling and entertainment center is the valley’s 65,000-square-foot draw for indoor fun.

Retail and restaurant offerings abound, and The Village is well-positioned to be an attractive, high-quality destination for Treasure Valley residents.

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Grand Opening for The Village at Meridian

(October 21, 2013)

A Grand Opening Celebration weekend for The Village at Meridian kicked off on Friday, October 18th, 2013 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a first look at the fountain set in Fountain Square, the centerpiece of The Village.

Russell Corporation is the General Contractor/Construction Manager for the $300 million project. The October Grand Opening marks the opening of the Second Phase, following the 2012 opening of the North Phase.

The location sits at Idaho’s busiest intersection of Eagle Road and Fairview. Planners determined this strategic location as central to the Treasure Valley’s geography, population and employment.

Sitting on 80 acres, The Village will boast a total of 1.02 million square feet of retail, restaurant, and commercial space. The Second Phase adds approximately 600,000 square feet of upscale retail and restaurants, a 15-screen cinema, and 150,000 square feet of Class A office space.

The project not only boosts the shopping and entertainment experience in the Treasure Valley, the economic lift is demonstrated by some impressive numbers:

400 to 600 contractors employed every day for more than a year during Second Phase construction

1,800 new jobs created to date

1,000+ additional new jobs to be created by early 2014

Grand Opening visitors enjoyed new retailers and restaurants, along with:

Fountain Square, featuring a fountain with animated, vertical jets with 30-foot sprays, computer-controlled lights, and programming that enables choreography to music. The fountain sits in a one-acre landscaped plaza that includes fire pits and seating. The outdoor experience of The Village is unique to a mall experience in Idaho, and is expected to be a big draw for events and gatherings.

Village Cinema has 15 screens, and includes reserved cinema seating, and a full-service restaurant and bar, offering seat-side service in designated areas.

Other draws to The Village include Big Al’s, a 65,000-square-foot entertainment center with bowling, arcade, and other sports bar entertainment. Adjacent to The Village is the $25 million Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, Meridian’s newest, 60-acre park. Opening in 2014 is a 35,000-square-foot fitness center with indoor pool.

Photos at right show an aerial view in August of 2012, followed by August of 2013.

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Cliff Hanger at Roaring Springs Water Park is the Summer’s Big Hit!

(July 23, 2013)

Russell Corp completed the six-story Cliffhanger ride at Roaring Springs in time for summer visitors. The more daring of the water park visitors are lining up for the 4-second, vertical-meets-gravity thrill. Riders step inside the launching capsule and watch the trap door drop for the jaw-dropping, nearly vertical plunge. The tower is 50 feet tall, with a vertical drop of 15 feet and a total hair-raising fall of 65 feet.

Russell Corp team members put every step in place when partnering with Roaring Springs for rides like Cliffhanger—rides that are not only thrilling, but also safe for visitors and operators. We listen to our client’s desire for smooth, reliable operation, as well as reasonable, long-term maintenance. Additionally, our clients expect durability and longevity—achieved with quality materials and sound construction methods.

Our thorough research and testing pays off in the long run. Reliability is our trademark—with both our people and our construction. Our clients in the entertainment industry look to us regularly, and the Cliffhanger is a prime example of start-to-finish construction services that deliver. We were up to the task of a summer-ready schedule, and efficient, long-lasting construction—leaving our client anything but hanging. We leave that to the water park daredevils!

Roaring Springs Water Park is off I-84 at West Overland Road. The park is one of the Treasure Valley’s most popular attractions. Right next door is Wahooz Family Fun Zone, a family entertainment complex open year-round and featuring go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, and arcade. Also, Pinz Bowling Center offers 24 lanes of bowling in a contemporary, state-of-the-art setting, constructed by Russell Corp.

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Ground Breaking News for The Village at Meridian

(November 2, 2012)

The Russell Corporation broke ground on “The Village at Meridian” in September of 2011. This expansive retail, commercial and residential project on 200 acres is scheduled for completion of the first phase in October of 2013.

The Village at Meridian will be the paramount lifestyle development in the greater Boise region—now the third largest metro area—and one of the fastest growing in the Northwest. Further, the project represents one of the most significant commercial projects ever developed in the state of Idaho. The initial phases will include a first-class lifestyle shopping center, built in the same style as CenterCal’s award winning Bridgeport Village lifestyle center, one of the finest lifestyle projects in America. The first phase also includes the 60-acre Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. This project will make the rapidly growing community of Meridian a new “center-of-gravity” for the citizens and out-of-town visitors alike.

The initial project will consist of more than five hundred thousand square feet of retail, entertainment, restaurant and office space. The Village at Meridian will offer the finest tenant mix and the finest presentation to the customer anywhere to be found in the Boise metropolitan area. Located at the intersection of N. Eagle Road (Hwy 55) and E. Fairview Avenue, The Village at Meridian will enjoy the highest daily traffic counts to be found in the State of Idaho, exceeding 90,000 vehicles per day. At this intersection, The Village at Meridian will be well positioned to serve the strongest household demographics in the Boise region. The Village at Meridian will provide a broad selection of apparel, home goods, entertainment and restaurant opportunities, offering the discriminating shopper an experience not available in the region.

Through a generous donation to the community by the Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park Trust, The Village at Meridian will be fully integrated with a 60-acre park, providing amenities unrivaled in the retail industry.


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A New Thrill at Roaring Springs

(October 25, 2012)

The new tower at Roaring Springs in Meridian, Idaho is nearing completion! The tower is 50 feet tall, along with a drop of 15 feet from the top of the hill to the bottom of the slide runout—allowing for a total hair-raising fall of 65 feet. The new ride is called “Cliffhanger” and will load the rider into a plexiglass “capsule.” The ride begins with the floor falling out from below your feet.

This specialized design and sound construction ensures safety along with the gravity thrill, and is sure to be a Roaring Springs favorite in 2013!

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