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Top Projects 2019: Private Projects

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

At a special awards event held on Thursday, Sept. 19, the project was awarded First Place in the Private Projects category by the Idaho Business Review. The publication is available for free download.

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The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will provide a medical school in a region that is underserved by such facilities. The school will provide a steady stream of new physicians that can provide care in Idaho, Northern Utah, eastern Washington and Oregon, Western Montana and Wyoming.

The 90,000-square-foot, three-story, L-shaped building is situated around a large open courtyard that will be used year-round by students, faculty, and staff. The facility program includes an ample lobby/gathering space, admissions, library, simulation spaces, osteopathic manual manipulation labs, standardized patient clinic simulation suites, lecture halls, small group study rooms, and several student lounge and support spaces. It will be further supported by existing anatomy lab facilities within the ISU-Meridian building.

Pedestrians enter the building from three primary access points that are positioned on the north, southwest, and southeast sides of the building. The main southwest entrance for students arriving from the existing Health Science Center or the drop off zone leads into the three-story lobby space and beyond. A secondary northeast entrance provides a more direct connection to faculty and student parking.

From the curtain wall systems that extend out of the building to the lobby enveloped with a 50-foot-tall glass curtain wall, the design of this modern facility strikes awe.

A massive three-story stairwell floats down from above with only a couple of suspending rods.

All projects have their unique challenges. ICOM’s was primarily its schedule; the school, its academic program, accreditation, student recruitment, and facilities were created concurrently from scratch. Each element had its timeline, and the building had to be designed and constructed in a relatively brief timeframe of 14 months. The upcoming school year (August 2018) gave zero flexibility on that date.

ICOM was privately funded and therefore was designed using principles typically employed in office and hospitality projects. The result is a very useful blending of higher education academic building amenities with the aesthetics of a hospitality project and the economy of a commercial office building.

South Meridian YMCA

The project was awarded Second Place in the Private Projects category by the Idaho Business Review.

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This project is the Treasure Valley Family YMCA’s most collaborative and creative to date. The City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department, St. Luke’s Health System and the Meridian Library District joined the West Ada School District to fulfill a dream in the making for over a decade. This new hub for recreation, health services, literacy and education, called The Hill, serves as a model for innovation for other communities in Idaho and around the nation.

The Hill is located on 22.5 acres of donated land near the intersection of S. Eagle and Amity Roads in Meridian, the fastest growing community in the state.

Built with breathtaking views of the Boise Front and Owyhee Range, the South Meridian YMCA was an $18 million core and shell, tenant improvement and site development, including a 58,000-squarefoot fitness center with exercise studios, educational classrooms, childcare facilities, medical examination rooms, locker rooms and a training kitchen, among other operational support areas.

The synergistic power of partnerships resonates with our community and stakeholders. We learned that by working together with common goals and a shared vision, we could deliver comprehensive services that have higher impact and are delivered more economically. This project has opened the door to a new way of community collaboration for future YMCA developments.

Micron B37

The project was awarded Third Place in the Private Projects category by the Idaho Business Review.

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Micron Technology’s new three-story office building, Building 37, is located toward the southern end of the Boise campus. The expansive 160,000-squarefoot building houses approximately 1,120 employees. Workspaces, meeting spaces and breakroom areas were designed carefully to offer daylight, encourage collaboration and facilitate socialization.

A new two-story fitness center housed in the building offers wellness opportunities to the entire south side of the Micron campus. The center can accommodate training for 150 team members at one time.

An outdoor basketball court and a covered bicycle storage facility, storing up to 64 bikes, contributes to the active lifestyle and amenities offered to Micron employees. Team members can access the fitness center and Building 37 through a sky bridge that offers an expansive view of the campus.

In addition to the new building, Micron also took the opportunity to remodel and upgrade the site’s southern cafeteria and kitchen areas.

Albertsons 1099

The project was awarded Honorable Mention in the Private Projects category by the Idaho Business Review.

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In response to the lifestyle demands of today’s grocery stores, Albertsons Companies created a new flagship market concept, rich with specialty departments, ready and on-demand prepared foods, local products, ethnic offerings, and expanded sundry and drugstore selections. The $20 million, 74,500-square-foot store is now a Boise destination.

The Broadway Albertsons was designated to be the company’s flagship store with a bar located upstairs and a great view of the Boise State University Albertsons stadium.

The new Albertsons offers cutting-edge departments that will provide a rich culinary experience for all who desire it.

A concierge assists with catering, flowers, and décor for special events. A tap room creates an entirely different feel for a grocery store. An open mezzanine allows observation of the entire store, and outdoor patio seating offers an alternative dining experience. Elegant simplicity and modern lines were utilized in the design of this full-service grocery with its dynamic two-story elevation and pronounced corner glazing.

Idaho’s Top Projects 2019 Finalists

Argyros Performing Arts Center

BioWest Ag Solutions

Colorado Gardens

Comfort Inn & Suites

Comprehensive Care Clinics

D.L. Evans Bank Hailey

Fresca Mexican Food

Galaxy Event Center

Gibson 5th & Idaho

Gowen Industrial Park

Identity Student Housing

Legacy Feed & Fuel

McCain Foods

New Path Community Housing

Norco Home Medical Supplies

Northpointe Commercial Retail Building

The Fowler Apartments

Vacasa

Vineyard Suites on the Boulevard

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