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Boise State’s new construction management facility designed by all-women team; will be named for ESI co-founder


Boise State University announced the name of its new multi-million dollar construction management building. 

The building will be named ESI Building for Construction Management after the Meridian-based company that is co-owned by Boise State alum Neil Nelson. 

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The 12,000 square foot building is multiple stories and includes a laboratory structure, a 45 seat computer, construction tech classroom, and high-bay structures for “enhanced” exterior lab activities. 

The building was designed by a team of architects and engineers comprised entirely of women from Boise firm Lombard Conrad Architects. The design features a mass timber structure, which the school says will be the first of its kind in the Boise Metro Area. Renderings also show a large glass atrium that rises two levels and opens onto a plaza space.

“Construction management is an exciting program that offers students a chance to shape the future — quite literally. Our student growth in the program has boomed and will help meet the demand in our state,” Marlene Tromp, Boise State president. said

Via Lombard Conrad Architects

“This state-of-the-art facility provides tremendous opportunities for our students and faculty not only in construction management but also across the college,” College of Engineering Dean JoAnn S. Lighty said. “It allows for expansion of much-needed student experiential learning and collaboration spaces.”

Boise State’s construction management program is the only one in the state that offers a bachelor’s degree and a minor and certificate for professionals. 

Growing campus area

The building will be the first for Boise State purpose-built along Beacon St. The Boise State University Children’s Center also runs along Beacon, though it has a Boise Ave. street address.

The school rezoned one of the final pieces of land on the future site in 2020. The 2015 Boise State campus master plan calls for the construction management building to join a future expansion of the health sciences department in the area.

Other plans call for additional student housing, a parking garage, operations, and “undetermined” uses along Beacon. The school acquired some land for a planned – and later abandoned – baseball park on Beacon, and has not outlined what future uses might pop up on the parcels.

BoiseDev’s Don Day contributed reporting.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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