2018 Grow Smart Awards - Boise Fire Stations 4 & 8
In addition to the recent Firehouse awards we shared in our last post, we are excited to announce two other projects recently received an award called the “2018 Grow Smart Award”. Check out the excerpt below from Idaho Smart Growth:
“Boise’s two newest fire stations presented an opportunity to fulfill a basic city need while putting smart growth and sustainability practices into action. Fire Station 4, in the historic Ustick neighborhood, is a new building that replaced an existing station built in the 1970s.
The project used public outreach and input from station staff to create a building that would serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. It uses design characteristics from early 20th century buildings in the area, with a strong street presence, historic brick and stone materials and precast arched bays, but it also includes up-to-date construction methods and a two-story layout to maximize the limited site.
Station 8 made use of a site with an abandoned restaurant on a very car-centric corner location. The redevelopment brought the new building forward to face both streets with a pedestrian-oriented design featuring a public open space. Both stations make use of public art in their plaza areas. They also set high goals in sustainable design: #8 pursued LEED Silver certification in the new rigorous Version 4 standard, and #4 elected to achieve the new Boise City Green Construction Code standard, similar to LEED v4-Silver with additional regional objectives. This dual effort will allow the city to measure and compare performance over time to help with continuous improvements in its sustainability goals."