Architects and Design Concept

The Architects

Design Lead: Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects is an architecture and urban design studio imbued with a spirit of idealism and innovation. The practice is research-oriented and forward thinking, drawing upon a depth of experience to solve contemporary building challenges in imaginative and unexpected ways.

Safdie Architects is active in a wide variety of project types, scales and sectors, designing museums, cultural centers, libraries, housing, mixed-use developments, transportation centers and master plans in geographically and culturally-diverse places. The studio’s projects around the world have become beloved resources and symbols of their communities as well as regional and national landmarks. Recent library and civic projects include the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Vancouver Library Square.

Watch Moshe Safdie's Presentation "Cultural Institutions as Community Catalysts"

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Moshe Safdie
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Executive Architect: CSHQA

CSHQA is passionate about sustainable, energy-efficient design and creating healthy, enduring spaces for people in which to live, work and play. CSHQA are people who listen, creating design that speaks.

The award-winning design firm specializes in full-service architecture and engineering, interior and environmental design, landscape architecture, telecommunications, and building forensic services. Nearly 100 professionals design civic, education, multi-family, commercial, retail, hospitality, aviation and healthcare projects. Serving clients in all 50 states, CSHQA has offices in Boise, Denver, and Sacramento.

Frequently Asked Question about the Architects

Why wasn’t a local architect hired?
The City of Boise cannot limit the pool of candidates to local applicants only. However, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published October 3, 2017 required that firms located outside of Idaho team up with a local architecture firm. Safdie Architects was selected as design lead with award-winning local design firm, CSHQA as executive architect.

Health Impact Assessment

As part of the City of Boise’s contract with Safdie Architects, Vitruvian Planning has been in the process of conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Library Campus project. The HIA is a comprehensive evaluation of the likely impacts of the facility – its site design, transportation network linkages, and program offerings – on the health of the population of the City of Boise. The HIA informs the various steps of the design process for the Library Campus project, allowing changes that lead to further enhancement of site design features and future programming to maximize the project’s health benefits to the community.

You can download the report summarizing Phase I (Health Conditions Assessment) of the HIA below. Please note Phase II is underway, and the report is not yet final. Phase II will focus on recommendations and monitoring, both critical to a successful HIA.

Phase I Health Conditions Assessment (PDF)

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