The R Grey Lofts is a mixed-use commercial and residential development in the historic BODO district of Boise. The project includes the first instance in Boise where a portion of a historic unreinforced masonry building was retained and supported by a new steel frame. The oldest existing warehouse from Boise's downtown rail era occupied the site. The building was structurally unsound but had a historic facade that was retained as part of the new building.
Behind the historic facade a new 3-story building was constructed in a style in keeping with the surrounding rail-era warehouses and commercial buildings. On the first floor are two commercial spaces, one now occupied by the R Grey Gallery, an art jewelry business. On the second and third floors are 16 loft-style condominiums ranging from 800-1300 sf, featuring 11-foot ceilings, 10' high windows and balconies. The third floor units above the historic facade feature a terrace that runs the full width of the building.
The building was constructed to a high environmental standard, with high-efficiency, variable speed heat pumps, low-VOC paints, bamboo flooring, and formaldehyde-free casework. An innovative stormwater collection system can retain 100% of the runoff from a 100-year flood and re-infiltrate the water back into the ground beneath the building.