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Regional Briefs – February 2010

Nuszer Kopatz Urban Design Associates has joined Stanley Consultants, one of Denver’s largest consulting engineering firms. Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is a multi-discipline firm that provides engineering, environmental and construction services throughout the United States and around the world. Stanley Consultants has offices in Boise. Stanley Consultants President Gayle Roberts said, “The acquisition will benefit our land development clients by allowing us to provide all the services they need from a project’s conception to its completion.”

The Idaho National Laboratory is in the first stages of creating a complex that would interconnect all the labs, business buildings, and university place. This would create an ideal facility to not only break barriers, but also expand the economy in Eastern Idaho. The new buildings will include a testing demonstration center, a research and education lab, a cafeteria, and a second CAES building.

Heyburn: A one-mile widening project on 21st Street in Heyburn, funded through a federal grant and matching funds from the city of Heyburn, will add a center turn lane to the two-lane section of road between 500 West and 600 West roads. Keller Associates Inc. Engineer Donn Carnahan, who is the project manager, is in charge of the $1.8 million project.

Interstate Concrete & Asphalt Co., of Coeur d’Alene, is the apparent low bidder, with a bid of $5.9 million, for an Idaho Transportation Department project to widen a two-mile stretch of U.S. 95 north of Hayden. The low bid was far less than half of the about $16 million that the department originally had estimated for the work.

The Stadium Drive extension project is nearing completion in Moscow. The University of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department, the City of Moscow and Division of Public Works are doing the joint venture extension. The project extends Stadium Drive and constructs a pedestrian crossing for the Moscow-Pullman Highway. The projects will cost about $1.5 million.

City of New Meadows is considering updating its infrastructure. Meetings on the proposed project that began in December pointed out a need for improvement to water, sewer, streets and drainage system. Cost of construction is expected to be about $14.8 million. J-U-B Engineers is reviewing the plan for the city.
New Meadows planning and zoning department approved the annexation of 7.3 acres of USFS property to allow construction of housing for seasonal employees. The project calls for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit and a two-bedroom one-bathroom unit with paved parking, small storage on site. Costs and bids were not discussed in the meeting. Construction is slated for summer 2011.

Potlach Corp. has proposed an 110.6 acre rezone in Adams County for home sites near New Meadows. The proposal is the first subdivision proposed in the area on the 179,000 acres Potlach acquired from Western Pacific Timber in 2007. The proposal, being made under McCall Investments LLC, a subsidiary, calls for the development of property into five-acre lot subdivisions from 11 to 34 acres per lot.

Idaho Transportation has started preliminary work on a new I-86 interchange east of American Falls. The construction will replace the Pocatello Avenue bridge. Western Construction, of Boise, is contractor.

A new arena and rodeo grounds has been proposed to the city of Hailey. The $6 million project would include a renovation of the existing rodeo grounds. Architect is Ruscitto/Latham/Blanton of Ketchum.

A proposed five-story lodge in downtown Ketchum is moving its way through the planning and zoning commission. In January, the commission requested the Bald Mountain Lodge be changed because of the location on River Street and Washington Avenue.

City of Post Falls has begun work on a 33-acre park along the Spokane River, called Corbin Park. The conceptual design work has been prepared by Eccos Design, of Mount Vernon, Wash. The city, along with Kootenai County and the state, have been working on the concept since the1980s. It would have small campgrounds, several picnic shelters, a softball field and parking. No time listed on when it would be approved or bid by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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