Top Projects awards finalists: nearly 50 projects are in the running

Kim Burgess//July 30, 2018

Top Projects awards finalists: nearly 50 projects are in the running

Kim Burgess//July 30, 2018

The newly completed 200,000-square-foot Clearwater Analytics building in downtown Boise, part of City Center Plaza, was selected as the 2017 project of the year by Top Projects judges. Photo by Pete Grady.

As the fastest-growing state in the nation, Idaho is experiencing an incredible building boom. Exciting, innovative projects have sprouted up around the state, with new ones breaking ground regularly.

For a dozen years, the Idaho Business Review has been proud to honor the best of the state’s construction projects through its Top Projects program. In 2018, nearly 50 projects across Idaho are finalists — one of the largest groups of contenders we’ve seen.

To be considered, the projects must be built in Idaho; substantially completed by Dec. 31 in the previous year; and valued at more than $1 million in construction costs.

The finalists will be judged in five categories – Private, Public, Renovation, Transportation, Utility/Infrastructure – by a committee of 12 industry experts. They will scrutinize each project, grading them on a scale of 1 to 5 in four areas: 1) scope of work, or how the intentions of the project are fulfilled; 2) overcoming challenges and obstacles; 3) adherence to budget and time constraints; and 4) overall project quality.

Awards will be given to the top three projects in each category, as well as honorable mentions as the panel deems. In addition, the one scoring highest overall will be named Top Project of the Year.

For the second year, IBR will also give out People’s Choice Awards. Those who attend the awards event will be able to vote for their favorites, and at the end of the evening those votes will be tallied; the People’s Choice Awards will be given to those with the most votes.

The 2018 Idaho Top Projects awards event is scheduled for 5:30 to 9:00 p.m, Sept. 13, at Boise Centre East. The public is invited to help honor Idaho’s top construction projects. Click here to reserve tickets.

2018 Idaho Top Projects Finalists


Advanced Auto Parts


Bi-Mart Kuna

College of Idaho – Library

DaVita Dialysis

Golden West Produce

Holiday Inn

Idaho Central Credit Union – Facilities

Idaho Central Credit Union – Kuna

Idaho Central Credit Union – Jerome

Independence Shooting Range

Mill 95

Moon Valley Apartments

Nichols Accounting

Pioneer Federal Credit Union

Simplot Office Building


St. Ignatius Catholic School


Strider Group Headquarters

The Shops at Lakemoor

The Waterfront at Snake River Landing




Boise Police Shooting Range

Boise State Honors College

Boise Watershed

Fire Station #8

Idaho Falls Fire Station #1

Keith Bird Legacy Park

Skyway Elementary School

Star Middle School

Steele Memorial Medical Center



Boise Centre

College of Idaho – Halls

Flamingo Building

Riverside Hotel

Whitetail Lake Clubhouse Renovation



City of Fruitland Wastewater Treatment Plant

Eagle Wastewater Treatment Facility

Main Avenue Redevelopment Project

LIV District Infrastructure Improvements

Pocatello Water Pollution Control Facility, Phase 1 Improvement

Rapid River Fish Hatchery Intake Screening and Diversion Project

Smoky Canyon Mine Selenium, Water Treatment Plant



Arterial and Collector Capital Maintenance

US-95 Bridge Replacements

Note: This list has been updated to correct several project miscategorizations.  

The 2018 Idaho Top Projects Selection Committee

Jessica Aguilar, VP – corporate real estate and construction, D.L. Evans Bank

Stan Cole, principal, Cole Architects

Catherine Cooper, P.E., director of engineering, SUEZ

Wayne Hammon, CEO, Idaho Associated General Contractors

Jana Knoll, association executive director, BOMA Idaho

Dale Kuperus, manager, Design & Construction for the Ada County Highway District

Shellan Rodriguez, project manager/property development, Capital City Development Corporation

Sheree Willhite, senior engineer, Idaho Power

Dave Winder, director – investment/land specialist, Cushman & Wakefield Pacific

Charlie Woodruff, director, community – Utah & Northern Rockies, U.S. Green Building Council

Matthew J. Stoll, executive director, Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS)

Suzie Hall, president and principal designer, Cornerstone Interior Design