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Building Excellence Awards Winners

The City of Boise today, recognized five businesses, organizations and building owners whose projects represent the best of Boise’s built environment. Mayor David Bieter was among the presenters at a luncheon hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Idaho. This is the eleventh-year the City of Boise has partnered with BOMA in presenting the Building Excellence Awards.

This year, the city recognized the following projects for excellence in architecture, sustainability, safety and accessibility:

Grey building on street corner


Excellence in Fire-Life Safety & Accessibility

Cutting Edge Kitchens (5032 W. State Street) – Cutting Edge Kitchens repurposed an existing automotive performance facility into a more public-friendly home improvement retail store and granite countertop center. To bring the building up to current code standards, the building and entire site had to be upgraded to current fire and accessibility standards.

large apartment building


Excellence in Sustainability

The Fowler (505 W. Broad Street) – Located in Boise’s Central Addition, the Fowler is a new 204,000 square foot multi-family apartment building. The Fowler now houses 159 apartments, including five live/work units along 5th Street. The building’s amenities include a roof terrace, community room, fitness center, business center, bike storage and a dog-washing station. On the ground floor, a restaurant and coffee shop activate Broad Street from morning to night.

Gray office building with mini van parked in front


Mayor's Choice Award

Gem Center for the Arts (2417 W. Bank Drive) - Boise’s newest visual and performing arts facility is located in the core of the Vista neighborhood. The project is being honored for its adaptive re-use of a historic building. The new arts organization officially moved into the building and began offering programs in February of 2018. The facility’s programming includes visual and performing arts classes, artist studio spaces, arts exhibits, small theater performances, workshops and lectures.

White and brown office building


Excellence in Design

The Watercooler (1401 W. Idaho) - The Watercooler is a mixed-used live/work building located at the west edge of downtown Boise. Measuring 24,500 square feet on three floors, the building is located at the corner of 14th and Idaho Street. At the street corner, the Watercooler steps back to create a semi-public park. Seven live/work units and a corner retail space comprise the ground floor, while the remaining 30 residential units are above.

Large building with JUMP neon sign


Best Overall

JUMP (1000 W. Myrtle) – Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, or JUMP, is a non-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place. The Simplot family created the six-story, 285,000 square-foot building as a place for everyone to discover new possibilities and explore their potential. A nearly three-acre urban park, stretching between JUMP and the new Simplot Corporate world headquarters, provides multiple areas dedicated to community gatherings and events including an amphitheater, spacious lawn, water feature, Jumpotron screen, a five-story spiral slide and the Pioneer Pathway, which bisects the park and acts a Greenbelt extension leading to the Downtown core.

Congratulations to all of the winners! We're proud of their dedication and hard work that helps make our city beautiful.

Published: May 16, 2018