Out with the old, in with the new. After a short stint of 13 years on Boise State’s campus, the building which housed the Career Center and Alumni Center went up with the stroke of a match Aug. 17 to make way for the new one. The building was donated to the Boise Fire Department in order for them to conduct a rare training opportunity, which only happens three to four times a year.

“We have to rely on acquired or donated structures,” said Dennis Doan, chief of the Boise Fire Department. “The only problem is that we don’t know when they’ll come or how
often.”

Doan’s crew spent the day conducting live-fire training. They practiced forceful entry and search and rescue exercises, burning the building in its entirety around 2 p.m.

Ground-breaking for the new Alumni and Friends Center takes place during homecoming on Sept. 20. Construction isn’t expected to be completed until December
of 2015.

This building will act as the eastern gate to Boise State, serving as a meeting place for returning alumni and friends of the university who have financially contributed to the university.

“Right now when alumni and friends gather they really don’t have a place to meet,” said Jennifer Neil, executive  director of planned giving for University Advancement. “This is a true creation of a place where people can
gather.”

Main features of the new building will include a living room for people to relax and hang out,  a ballroom, plenty of conference space, a large patio space and a pictorial history of Boise State.

The project will cost $12 million; approximately $7.7 million dollars has already been donated, according to Neil. All contributions will  come  from private donation.

“We have a whole bunch of friends that did not attend Boise State that helped secure funding for scholarships and buildings,” Neil said.

She believes the new Alumni and Friends Center wouldn’t be possible without these donations. Neil praises one man for the start of this project, Allen Dykman. Dykman, a Boise State alumni, was the first to donate toward the project. He also provided the overall vision for the project, which Neil says is like the movie “Field of Dreams.”

“If you build it, they (alumni) will come,” she said.