Click here to see the 2014 Grow Smart Awards program.
Transportation: Moscow Intermodal Transit Center, a “one-stop concept for public and private transit in the community.”
The Moscow Intermodal Transit Center is the result of a collaboration between the City of Moscow, the University of Idaho, and multiple project stakeholders. Representatives from these groups, as well as from each of the included transit providers, formed a Technical Advisory Committee to develop a design and project plan for the Center. What resulted is a major hub for multi-modal transportation in the growing region.
Public Policy and Planning: McCall Downtown Master Plan
The city of McCall worked with multiple design and consulting teams to develop this complete rewrite of the 1997 McCall Downtown Master Plan. Through speaking with community members, planners determined the need for a vibrant, dynamic downtown to attract new, exciting businesses and to draw people to the area.
“The [Downtown Master Plan] has been a great resource for forming partnerships, increasing collaboration, and creating a common vision for a smart growth community.” – Community Development Director Michelle Groenevelt
Community Excellence: 30th Street Cultural Arts Plan in Boise
This project is a roadmap for cultural development in Boise’s 30th Street area, a plan that highlights existing historical sites while identifying opportunities for public art projects. Further, Inman’s work established eight key thematic principles that illustrate the values of the neighborhood: Healthy Lifestyle, Water, Multicultural, Nature, Historical, Community Connections, Sustainability, and Parks.30th Street area becoming a redevelopment district, they commissioned local artist/designer Stephanie Inman to create Boise’s first neighborhood arts plan for the area. Over the course of a year, Inman met with community groups, City of Boise staff, business owners, and neighborhood associations.
Green Building: CSHQA Boise office
In remodeling this 1950s warehouse on the eastern end of Broad Street in Boise, CSHQA hoped to help revitalize a currently underutilized but highly visible part of the downtown area. During the renovation, CSHQA saw many of the other buildings in the area demolished and replaced with surface parking. With the construction of this new state-of-the-art office building, the planning team wanted to demonstrate that, “renovation and repurposing are both feasible and attractive options” for this part of the city.
“We feel that the project is a great example of reinvesting into existing buildings and neighborhoods. We feel strongly that this neighborhood doesn’t have to be a transitional zone; it should be considered a viable option for business relocation.” – Project Principal John Maulin
Mixed Use: Owyhee Place and Owyhee Flats in Boise
The Owyhee Hotel was built in 1910 and, over the course of its 100+ years, has
undergone anywhere from 30-40 renovations. Its last renovation, which occurred in 1970, destroyed about 95% of its original historic nature. When Owyhee LLC purchased the building and developed a plan for the remodel, their main goal was to restore the outside of the building to its historic state, while creating a mixed-use interior that would support apartments, office space, and retail space.
“This project makes a great example for adaptive reuse of an existing structure. The strategic integration of residential, commercial and retail spaces will make this building a successful addition to Boise’s downtown skyline.” – Grow Smart Awards jury member Derek Hurd
Small Community: Heartwood Center in Sandpoint
When Mark and Susie Kubiak decided to purchase the historic 1908 St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sandpoint, they were faced with the difficult task of deciding how to adapt the very distinct layout and space of a church into another use. The layout made residential re-use impossible, and the couple felt that downtown Sandpoint would not be well served by the addition of another commercial building. Their goal was “to save the building from demolition, to save the trees, and save the feeling and history of this community building for the future residents of Sandpoint.” To that end, it eventually became apparent that the best use for the old church would be to maintain it as an assembly space for Sandpoint. And thus the Heartwood Center was born.
Commercial: 8th and Main in Boise
Much care went into the planning process of the 8th and Main office building to ensure that it would be a boost to Boise’s downtown area as well as a model of the economic advantages of reusing old materials in the construction of new buildings. The majority of the existing foundation was reused in the new building, including 24 of the 28 drilled piers in the new structure. Further, the existing rebar was removed, sorted, and reused, making the 8Main remodel less expensive and wasteful. The building stands as a great example of the value of remodeling and revitalizing existing structures. By recycling materials and building on already-developed land, 8Main’s design reduces waste and increases value in downtown Boise.
“Its construction has forever changed Boise’s skyline and stands as a symbol of the city’s growth and economic prosperity.” – Jason Butler of CTA Architects
Charles Hummel Award: Jane Lloyd
Jane has been a tireless champion of smart growth principles throughout her career, and with her friend Charles Hummel she was recruited to the founding board of Idaho Smart Growth in 2000. She has served in all the board executive positions and was critical to keeping the organization afloat during rough patches between major grants. Jane semiretired from the ISG board in 2013 but remains an active member emerita. The Charles Hummel Award is given by the board to leaders who demonstrate personal integrity and exemplary commitment to smart growth principles. Jane is all that and more: she is the rare ordinary citizen who has made a difference.