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2015 Top Project of the Year: Highway 16 Extension.

2015 Top Project of the Year: Highway 16 Extension in Ada County.

2015 First place Private Top Project: Eighth & Main in Boise.

2015 First place Private Top Project: Eighth & Main in Boise.

2015 First place Public Top Project: University of Idaho Reveley Classroom Building in Moscow.

2015 First place Public Top Project: University of Idaho Reveley Classroom Building in Moscow.

2015 First place Infrastructure & TransportationTop Project: East Fork Salmon River Bridges in Custer County.

2015 First place Infrastructure & TransportationTop Project: East Fork Salmon River Bridges in Custer County.

Construction is continuing its boom in Idaho. Cranes are now nearly ubiquitous.

Idaho Business Review recognizes and annually celebrates top construction projects across the state. This marks the 11th year and the 12th time for IBR‘s Top Projects program. In order to be a qualified finalist, the construction project must be built in Idaho, must have been substantially completed by Dec. 31, 2015, and must be valued at $1 million or more in building costs.

This year, the award categories increased to five: Private, Public, Infrastructure/Utility, Transportation, and Renovation.

And, for the second year, a review committee made up of industry experts and professionals will deem the top three in each category as well as one overall Top Project of the Year. All finalists will be graded on their scope of work (the intended use of the project and how that is fulfilled); overcoming challenges and obstacles; the ability to adhere to budget and time constraints; and on the project’s overall quality.

Some of the 38 finalists may also receive “Honorable Mentions” as selection committee members may wish to give a nod to the most sustainable or unique, or the project that best integrates locally sourced materials, or the one that has come in way under budget and on time.

Now that all finalists have been determined, the review process will begin. Nine selection committee members will be returning from 2015 including: Sheree Willhite, commercial program specialist, Idaho Power; Dave Winder, director, investment specialist, Commerce Real Estate Solutions; Wayne L. Hammon, CEO, Idaho Associated General Contractors; Scott W. Raeber, associate broker, Colliers International; Brook Blakeslee, principal, retail brokerage specialist, Colliers International; Julie Marple, vice president, Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp.; Steve Trout, principal, Trout Architects; Charlie Woodruff, executive director, U.S. Green Building Council, Idaho; and Thomas Zabala, former principal, ZGA Architects.

Idaho Business Review will present this year’s winners at an awards event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 22 at The Owyhee. The top three and honorable mentions in each category will then be revealed and receive awards, as well as the Top Project of the Year. The public is invited to help us honor Idaho’s top construction projects and you can make your reservation by clicking on this link:

In addition, profiles of all finalists and award winners will be featured in Idaho Business Review‘s 2016 Idaho Top Projects publication published with the Sept. 23 edition of the Idaho Business Review.

WANT TO HELP? We are looking for a few more selection committee members, and are especially looking for engineering and transportation professionals. if you are interested in becoming a selection committee member please contact Jeanne Huff: [email protected]


Idaho Business Review’s 2016 Idaho Top Projects Finalists

Infrastructure/Utility Projects

City of Fruitland Wastewater Treatment Facility – Fruitland

Idaho Falls Secondary Treatment Upgrades – Idaho Falls

Magic Springs Project Pump Station and Pipeline – Hagerman

Minidoka Dam Modifications – Rupert

Private Projects

30th and Main – Boise

Boise Co-op at The Village at Meridian – Meridian

Broadway Retail Center – Boise

Broulim’s Fresh Market – Ammon

Chateau des Fleurs – Eagle

Clearview Eye Clinic and Surgery Center – Lewiston

Emerald Medical Center (aka Saint Alphonsus Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction) – Boise

Francini Marble and Granite Inc. – Meridian

Hawkinson Warehouse – Boise

La Pointe Student Housing – Boise

River Edge Apartments – Boise

SkyWest Aircraft Maintenance Hangar – Boise

Telaya Winery – Garden City

The Terraces of Boise – Boise

Trailwinds Apartments – Garden City

Valencia Senior Housing – Fruitland

Vista Apartments – Boise

Whitewater Park Apartments Clubhouse – Boise

Public Projects

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery Expansion – Boise

Kootenai Health East Expansion – Coeur d’Alene

Nampa Library Square – Nampa

Portneuf Wellness Complex – Pocatello

Veteran’s Administration Community Living Center – Boise

Renovation Projects

Bureau of Reclamation Tenant Improvement – Boise

2015 Capital City Development Corporation Streetscapes Phase I (River Myrtle) and Phase II (Westside) – Boise

Expo Idaho (Office and Grand Entrance) – Garden City

Mountain Home Air Force Base Runway and Taxiway Overlay – Mountain Home

University of Idaho College of Education – Moscow

Transportation Projects

Friedman Memorial Airport – Hailey

Gowen Road Interchange – Boise

I-84 Meridian Road Interchange – Meridian

North Fork Payette River Bridge – Cascade

Rattlesnake Bridge – Salmon

South Valley Connector – Pocatello


View photos of the 2016 Top Projects finalists here:

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.