Project Update: January 24, 2019
Library Campus Update: Log Cabin, Boise Working Together, FAQS
Thanks to everyone for continuing to share your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and support for the Library Campus project. A lot has happened since our last update and we want to provide you with accurate project information and answer your questions.
Log Cabin Location
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Boise City Council reviewed and discussed Log Cabin location options that weighed the following community concerns:
- Historic preservation
- Programmatic needs of the Cabin non-profit organization
- Increased connectivity with the greenbelt and river corridor—a project goal driven by community input received during Spring ‘17 Design Thinking Workshops.
Options included keeping the Cabin onsite or moving it to one of two locations in or directly adjacent to Julia Davis Park. The city council reviewed 322 comments received November 16-26 and heard testimony from Kurt Zwolfer, Executive Director of the Cabin and Frank Eld, Preservation Idaho board member. After careful consideration, the council voted 4:2 to move the Log Cabin to a new location but requested that the project team consider additional sites.
Council was expected to reconvene January 8, but the project-stakeholder team requested additional time to identify and analyze suitable alternative locations.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Boise City Council approved an $11 million contract for the schematic design phase of this project. Of this amount, more than $5.5 million will go to Boise-based architects and engineers. Safdie Architects will receive approximately $3.4 million. The balance of the contract will go to specialist consultants (environmental, health impact, etc.) and standard project allowances and expenses.
During the schematic design phase (December – April 2019*), the project team will:
- Advance the design based on public input received on the conceptual designs and building program
- Weigh design and engineering considerations to bring the project to budget ($80-85 million)
- Finalize health impact assessment studies
- Develop a sustainability strategy. This will include—but is not limited to—decisions on building materials and environmental impact and will address concerns about bird strikes and energy costs heard during the public input period in July 2018)
A second round of public input will follow the schematic design phase this spring.
On Friday, December 21, 2018, a local group called Boise Working Together proposed initiatives for calling for a pair of public votes: one on a mostly privately funded sports park and another on the Library Campus. The city attorney has reviewed the proposed initiatives and issued certificates of review that raise concerns about their constitutionality. At this time, it is unclear whether this group will move forward with the effort to solicit an advisory vote on the project.