Here's a look at the buildings that won the top awards given this year by the Idaho chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The archictural competition was open to any projects form 2005 to the present.
RENAISSANCE HIGH SCHOOL and IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY MERIDIAN HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER. After Jabil Circuit Inc. closed its Meridian plant in 2002, Meridian schools Superintendent Linda Clark proposed using the plant for administration, an International Baccalaureate program and other programs. Idaho State formed a partnership with the school district to share space and teaching. The building opened in 2009.
2nd place (two winners):
JOHN FREY HOME. Designed by McLaughlin & Associates in Sun Valley, this Ketchum house was built by Dembergh Construction, which builds around Sun Valley and Jackson, Wyo. The architects say wood studs and rafters enclose a steel structure that supports roof overhangs and window panels.
THE IDAHO HISTORY CENTER, Boise. Designed by ZGA Architects & Planners in Boise, this state-owned building is operated by the Idaho State Historical Society near the Old Penitentiary off Warm Springs Avenue. It was built by Ormond Builders and finished in 2005.
3rd place (four winners. See captions under photos for additional details):
SHOSHONE-BANNOCK JUSTICE FACILITY, Fort Hall.
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD TRAIN DEPOT, Weiser.
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Boise.
MOHN RESIDENCE, Sun Valley.
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Bruce Blackmer, president and CEO of NAC Architecure of Seattle.
Nels Reese, emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Idaho.
Robert Hull, partner in the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle.
Sponsors Idaho Forest Products Commission, the Idaho chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, DuPont Tyvek, Idaho Power, Basalite, Idaho Forest Group, D&A Glass Co., Blueprint Specialists.