CWI trustees to consider bond for campus expansion

Rendering of College of Western Idaho’s Boise campus.
Rendering of College of Western Idaho’s Boise campus. Provided by CWI

College of Western Idaho trustees will consider Tuesday whether to seek a bond to pay for construction of an expansion of its Nampa campus and creation of a permanent Ada County campus not far from downtown Boise.

If they approve a bond vote, it could go on the November 8th ballot and require a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Voters in both Ada and Canyon counties would vote on the measure.

Estimated cost of the two projects is $180 million.

College of Western Idaho envisions a Boise campus with three main structures at the corner of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Main Street. They hope the first building, a 150,000 square foot structure, would be ready for occupancy by 2020. When complete, the school could serve 20,000 students, including those at the school and those taking online classes.

At its Nampa campus, CWI wants a new health sciences center and a student center for advising and other needs. Both the Boise and Nampa projects are expected to get CWI out of the need to rent space for classes, which costs about $2 million a year.