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Erstad Architects to receive 2010 Grow Smart award

Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Andy Erstad, architect of record at Erstad Architects of Boise, said his company’s mantra is simple.

“We are driven by doing the right thing.”

Doing the right thing has just landed the architectural firm another honor, this time for its thoughtful design and planning of Boise’s The Jefferson condominiums. Erstad Architects will be receiving a 2010 Grow Smart award on Nov. 6, as part of Idaho Smart Growth’s 10 year celebration.

“We don’t start a project with the intent to receive an award,” Erstad said. “But this recognition is nice.”

Nominations for Grow Smart awards are evaluated using smart growth development scorecards, principles and other criteria. Principles include accessible transportation, creation of walkable neighborhoods, and accessibility to a broad demographic of potential buyers. The Jefferson, developed by Bill Clark, sets an example of sustainable, urban living by meeting upward of 10 criteria.

Erstad emphasized it’s not solely his firm that will be honored. Instead, it is a collaborative team, including Clark, the general contractor, construction manager and others involved in the condo development.

“Everyone stuck it out, and realized the importance of getting it finished and selling units regardless of the economy,” Erstad said.

Other Grow Smart honorees include Treasure Valley Community College in Caldwell, redevelopment and downtown revitalization in Donnelly, and Caldwell’s master plan.

Awards will be presented 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Nov. 6, at the Boise Depot. A buffet and no-host bar will be provided. For details, click here.

About Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.

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