Building Excellence Awards

2020 Building Excellence Awards

Each year the city partners with BOMA Idaho to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals that built a new building or completed a building remodel that made Boise safer, more accessible to citizens, featured a unique design, or was environmentally sustainable.

This year, the city is excited to recognize numerous projects that showcase the diverse array of what makes Boise special for everyone.

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Mayor's Choice: Hawthorne Street Cottages

Mayor's Choice:
Hawthorne Street Cottages

2391 S Ormond St

  • 12 single-family one- and two- story detached homes ranging from 678 square feet to 1500 square feet.
  • A “Boise-grown” solution for increasing affordable housing by providing quality, high-density attractive single-family homes in a “Pocket Neighborhood” supported by NeighborWorks™.
  • Through a land trust model and homes sold to qualifying persons earning less than 80% of area median income, these homes remain in the affordable housing pool while providing owner benefits to residents.

Best Overall Project:
Boise State University Center for Visual Arts

1110 S Capitol Blvd

  • A 98,000 square foot building that is comprised of two interconnected buildings: a five-story curved limestone and glass-clad structure for studios and offices, and a blue stainless-steel shingle clad structure for galleries and classrooms.
  • Includes studios for each artistic medium, multiple classrooms, and a high-tech World Museum that enables students to and visitors to “virtually” visit many world-class museums around the world.
  • The building includes a gallery space conforming to temperature and humidity standards for regional and national traveling art exhibits.
  • The building is registered with the State of Idaho as a Landmark Building.

Excellence in Fire & Life Safety:
Boise Bomb Shelter

600 W. Curling Drive

  • An underground, steel reinforced concrete shelter with two stories and 14,000 square feet that is open 24/7 to leaseholders.
  • Originally called the Highlands Community Fallout Shelter, the Boise Bomb Shelter was constructed in 1961 and was the first prototype community fallout shelter in the United States.
  • Features a new fire sprinkler system and fire alarm notification system throughout the structure that increases protection and safety to the building users and firefighters.

Excellence in Design – New Commercial:
Idaho Humane Society

8506 W Overland Rd

  • A new 42,000 square foot, two-story modern facility that includes an Adoption Center/Shelter, Education Center, and Veterinary Medical Center.
  • Features interior surfaces that can withstand chewing, scratching, and more. Materials traditionally placed on building exteriors, such as Hardie-board siding, were used on the interior to provide a durable finish.
  • An excellent example of new commercial architecture that invites community members in to learn about animals, as well as adopt and care for pets.

Excellence in Design – New Residential:
Ridgeview House

3156 N Lancaster Drive

  • New construction of a single-family home designed to balance inventive design, sustainable construction methods and fire-resistive components with its Wildland Urban Interface location.
  • Features a custom fabrication of rolled corrugated steel and a butterfly roof design.
  • Home design features a modern façade with large windows and other elements that push the boundaries of home design in Boise.

Excellence in Creative Collaboration:
Ronald McDonald House

139 E Warm Springs Avenue

  • A new 44,000 square foot, 47-unit facility that provides a home and medical support for families with children receiving treatment within local hospitals.
  • The building ignites visiting children’s curiosity and exploration with a “secret” toy room hidden behind a bookcase!
  • The final project was a dynamic collaboration between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, ACHD, City of Boise, St. Luke’s and the local neighborhood.

Excellence in Design – Renovation: 
The Commons Climbing Gym

4795 W Emerald Street

  • A 12,000 square foot gym and studio space created by strategic re-use that involved demolition of an entire roof system to connect two buildings together.
  • Features new insulated metal panels and eco-friendly materials throughout the facility.
  • The new space includes a climbing gym, bouldering area, weight room, yoga studio, and newly finished reception area.

Excellence in Accessibility:
West End Flex House

2115 W Bannock

  • A two-story urban “flex” home with four distinct living spaces within walking distance to downtown.
  • Features include an elevator and ADA compliant bathrooms and doorways.
  • Floorplan design features division of space and floors for multi-generational housing.

Excellence in Sustainability:
American Foursquare Fixer

1405 N 14th Street

  • An 80-year-old residence featuring a complete restoration that preserves the architectural and historical character of the building.
  • The interior was systematically refreshed using sustainable building products including closed cell spray foam insulation, recycled hardwood, and an Energy Star 97% furnace.
  • The building was originally built in 1940 for the troops at Gowen Field Air Base and now serves as a unique single-family home.

Honorable Mentions

  • Everett Residence
  • 15th & River Street Lofts
  • The Afton Apartments
  • The Salvation Army
  • Adare Apartments

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