Boise, ID – You would think by looking at the Simplot Headquarters in Boise, Idaho it would be a giant playground rather than the home of one of the largest food research companies in the country. Throughout the headquarters you can find over 100 different tractors and a giant slide. Simplot’s founder, Jack Simplot, collected antique tractors and farming equipment to demonstrate the progression of farming.
Simplot is in the process of constructing two new buildings on site, a main office building connected by a sky bridge to the other new building containing an annex. Cobra BEC Inc. has been contracted to install the Sika Roofing System on these new buildings.
Simplot has a very interesting history. Jack Simplot founded the company at 20 years old in 1929 as a farming company. Business expanded during World War II to provide dehydrated onions and potatoes to the military. However, in the 1970’s Simplot became hugely successful by selling frozen french fries to fast food companies and restaurants. Simplot has since diversified, and currently has successful branches for fertilizers and genetically modified crops. The genetically modified Innate Potato, which resists some harmful potato diseases, was recently approved by the FDA. Simplot now has over 10,000 employees and is one of the largest privately owned companies in the world.
Chris from Cobra showed us the roof sections and patios that are being protected by the new Sarnafil Roofing System. There are big design plans for the patio deck on the building’s sixth floor. After the Sarnafil membrane is installed by Cobra, paving stones will be placed to allow employees to walk outside. The patio will also include automatic lighting, a surrounding glass rail, and a fully retractable awning. With such a great deck employees will have a hard time going home. Throughout this project Chris had to get creative with Cobra’s safety system due to the unique architecture of the building. He decided to set up a trough-like system to safely anchor, rather than anchor to the precast wall panels or the roof itself.
The JUMP building, or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, is also protected with a Sarnafil Roofing System. JUMP is a not-for-profit center that encourages community involvement. The combination of Simplot Headquarters and JUMP will definitely have a positive impact on the city of Boise. And the new Sarnafil Roofing System will have a positive impact on Simplot’s new buildings.