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Boise, McLean name building award winners: affordable housing, Boise State, Ronald McDonald House & more

The City of Boise announced the 2020 Building Excellence Award winners. They allocate the awards to people, businesses and organizations who helped construct a new building or building remodel that includes features such as making Boise safer or more environmentally sustainable.

Mayor’s Choice

Mayor Lauren McLean’s choice is the Hawthorne Street Cottages on 2391 S Ormond St. The city said the single-family homes encourage neighbor interactions through shared spaces like community gardens. Notably, Hawthorne creates a solution for affordable housing. 

“This project is particularly special because it’s a Boise-grown solution for increasing affordable housing by creating quality, density attractive single-family homes in a pocket neighborhood supported by Neighbor Works,” McLean said.

The city said the homes use a land trust model, and are sold to residents who make 80% of the area median income or less.

Best Overall Project

Chosen for Best Overall Project was Boise State University Center for Visual Arts. It is a 98,000 square foot structure that comprises two interconnected buildings. It sits at 1110 S Capitol Blvd. The new building brings Boise State’s visual arts program to one spot on campus.

“(The building) provides studio spaces for each artistic medium, and a unique gallery space that conforms to temperature and humidity standards for regional and national traveling art exhibits,” the release said. “The building also includes a high-tech World Museum that allows students and visitors to virtually experience many world-class museums from around the world.”

Excellence in Creative Collaboration

The creative collaboration award goes to the new Ronald McDonald House that sits at 139 E Warm Springs Ave across from St. Lukes in downtown Boise. The building has 47-units. The facility was built to provide support for families and children receiving treatment at local hospitals.

“The house offers a nurturing environment supported 24 hours a day by the staff, allowing families to stay close to the neighboring hospitals so they can focus on their children,” the city said in its release.

The 44,000 square foot facility took 18 months to complete. It represented creative collaboration between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, ACHD, St. Likes, the City of Boise and the neighborhood where it was built.

[Photo tour: New Ronald McDonald House ‘the best place you never want to stay’]

Here are the other awards:

  • Excellence in Fire & Life Safety: Boise Bomb Shelter (600 W Curling Dr.)
  • Excellence in Design- New Commercial: Idaho Humane Society (8506 W Overland Rd.)
  • Excellence in Design- New Residential: Ridgeview House (3156 N Lancaster Dr.)
  • Excellence in Design- Renovation: The Commons Climbing Gym (4795 W Emerald Street)
  • Excellence in Accessibility: West End Flex House (2115 W Bannock St.)
  • Excellence in Sustainability: American Foursquare Fixer (1405 N 14th St.)
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Ketchum, McCall and general news. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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