ESI was selected to be the construction manager for the 90,000 square-foot, $41 million Fine Arts building located right along the Boise river on the Boise State University campus. The five story building will bring fine arts students, currently scattered throughout five buildings on campus, into one location. The new structure is built to elevate the Department of Art from near anonymity with signature structural designs.
The building is designed with two contrasting buildings. One is blue, one is beige and they both veer away from each other but join by a glass lobby, described as a “jewel case.” The foundation ESI built acts as a major anchor to the arts and cultural life of Boise that will always be seen when driving into the downtown area.
The five-story curved limestone and glass-clad structure will serve as studio space and offices, while the blue stainless steel shingle clad structure will house galleries and classrooms.
The facility will include studios for each artistic medium, such as metals, graphic design, illustration, ceramics, and painting, along with multiple classrooms, and a high-tech World Museum, which enables students and visitors to “virtually” visit many world-class museums around the world. It also offers unique options for artistic expression, delivery, and interaction.
Additionally, the building includes a gallery space conforming to stringent temperature and humidity standards to allow not only students to present their artistic creations, but also for regional and national traveling art exhibits. Specialized environmental and exhaust systems are necessary to remove the indoor pollutants generated by the creative process and to contain hazardous materials used for certain types of art production.