The City of Boise, today, recognized six businesses, organizations and building owners whose projects represent the best of Boise’s built environment. Mayor David Bieter was among the presenters at a luncheon hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Idaho held at the Zion’s Bank Building at Eighth and Main. This is the twelfth year the City of Boise has partnered with BOMA in presenting the Building Excellence Awards.
This year, the city recognized the following exemplary projects that showcase a diverse array of architecture, design, and collaboration:
Excellence in Accessibility & Fire Life-Safety
Immanuel Lutheran Church (707 W Fort Street) – To enhance the overall design and promote fire safety and ADA compliance, the existing church structure was slightly modified. Fire wall upgrades and fire sprinkler systems were seamlessly installed and integrated throughout the building, preserving the original church design while also promoting a modern feel with enhanced lighting and open, useable space. Additionally, ADA compliant restrooms were added, and the fellowship hall was fully remodeled to improve greater accessibility for all.
Excellence in Sustainability
indieDwell Inc (833 N 32nd Street) – indieDwell is a socially and environmentally responsible company that manufactures sustainable, high-performance modular homes from up-cycled intermodal shipping containers that are nearly waste-free to construct. This project consisted of two units on the same parcel: a 960-square foot home and a 480-square foot accessory dwelling unit (ADU). Both dwellings feature highly durable siding, fixtures, and hardware that promote greater energy efficiency and enhanced sustainability for the environment.
Excellence in Architecture Design
Identity Student Housing (1825 W Beacon Street) – Located at the south-central edge of Boise State University’s campus sits the landmark triangular-shaped student housing community known as “Identity.” The one-acre site holds 95 units and nearly 300 beds and 80 parking spaces for students. The building also features unique corners, canopies, sun shades, green-screens, careful stucco detailing, and an open rooftop outdoor gathering space with an excellent view of Boise State University and the foothills.
Excellence in Creative Collaboration
New Path Community Housing (2200 W Fairview Avenue) – New Path is a new housing development with 40 apartments for the chronically homeless, as well as on-site rehabilitation services and a live-in manager. The project required significant collaboration between private developers, Idaho Health and Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, CATCH and the City of Boise, among many others. As the first building of its kind in Boise, and in the state of Idaho, the project helps revitalize West Downtown as well as promote housing for all.
Tenth and Main Revitalization (1005 W Main Street) – This 100-year old building at the corner of Tenth and Main was once a part of Boise’s historic Mercantile District but later sat empty for many years. This masterful renovation includes modernized mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as a reinvigorated interior and exterior that highlight and expose the historic beauty of the building. The building houses office space on the top levels, while also opening the ground level up to the public with multiple retail spaces including a coffee shop, bodega, deli, beer bar and restaurant, wine tasting room, and salon.
J.R. Simplot Company Headquarters (1099 W Front Street) – The J.R. Simplot Company Headquarters sits adjacent to Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP). The Simplot family created the nine-story, 306,345 square-foot office and annex building as a space to centralize operations for the agricultural company. The site houses multiple open office spaces for work and collaboration, as well as a laboratory, greenhouse, and an expansive employee cafeteria with open exterior patio areas that offer views of downtown. The site also features a large underground parking garage for employees and the public, as well as additional space for a future restaurant at the ground level. The exterior of the building includes unique custom designed precast concrete that emulates crop rows made in part from soils at Simplot sites in Idaho.