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
College of Idaho – Library
Golden West Produce
Idaho Central Credit Union – Facilities
Idaho Central Credit Union – Kuna
Idaho Central Credit Union – Jerome
Independence Shooting Range
Moon Valley Apartments
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
Fire Station #8
Idaho Falls Fire Station #1
Keith Bird Legacy Park
Skyway Elementary School
Star Middle School
Steele Memorial Medical Center
College of Idaho – Halls
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