More than 300 research engineers and other workers currently toil in temporary trailers in a parking lot on memory card maker Micron Technology Inc.'s Boise campus

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Memory card maker Micron Technology Inc. is spending $32 million to move research engineers and other employees who currently work in temporary trailers into a new office building on its Boise campus, the Idaho Statesman reported Monday.

The new three-story office building on the campus’s south end will house a total of 1,200 workers when it is completed.

Construction began in February, and Micron Executive Vice President of Technology Development Scott DeBoer — who doubles as the Boise site manager, responsible for administering the company’s Treasure Valley locations — said it should be ready for the trailer tenants by the end of the year.

The new building’s interior will have open spaces and rooms designed for collaboration. And it will sport a two-story fitness center on the north side, open to all employees, DeBoer said.

“If you walk into one of our office areas now, it’s fairly typical of a company built over the last 20 years,” DeBoer said. “It’s an ocean of cubicles with offices around the outside.”

He said the goal is to attract the best employees in the world. “You have to have some amenities to compete,” DeBoer said. “It’s got to be a great place to work.”

The company expects the new building to be full by next spring. Micron is also planning to spend about $30 million to upgrade other work spaces and recreational areas at the campus. The company has begun renovations on two cafeterias and the entrance to its headquarters at the campus.

“We don’t want any of our employees on the rest of the site to feel that their work environment for an extended period of time is significantly worse than the new area here,” DeBoer said.


Information from: Idaho Statesman,