With construction slated to begin on Monday, April 3, the construction will impact the public’s ability to use the building’s primary Capitol Boulevard entrance through at least late August, but the Main Street entrance will be open. The renovation was precipitated by the need to replace a water-proof membrane underneath the plaza, which prevents water from leaking into the city hall’s underground parking garage.
“Necessary structural repairs are driving this project, but we are excited that it gives us an opportunity to complete a long-overdue refurbishment of the plaza itself to create a much more pleasing and urban park-like space for our residents,” said Boise Mayor David Bieter. “We ask for patience from our residents as we work to address the structural challenges and to create a new vibrant community space on the plaza.”
The project, which also involves the renovation of the sidewalks on the north and south sides of the building (along Idaho and Main streets), will last from early April to early November. The project design accommodates structural needs and promotes community gathering and daily use. Features include:
- An elevated event plaza and seating steps
- A civic lawn
- An interactive water feature
- Integrated lighting and a grove of trees
- A public art sculpture
- 100 percent stormwater infiltration - achieved through the combination of permeable pavement and modular suspended pavement systems
The plaza and the building’s Capitol Boulevard entrance will be closed starting Monday and will remain closed until around late August. The Idaho Street entrance will remain open. The construction zone also will include the sidewalk and 10 metered parking spaces along Capitol Boulevard between Main and Idaho Streets.
Access to the main plaza and City Hall’s main entrance will be restored after the completion of the renovation, which is expected in late August. At this time, the construction work will shift to the sidewalk along the south side of the building, requiring the closuring of that sidewalk and the building’s Main Street entrance until approximately early November.
The plaza concept was approved in the fall of 2015, but construction was delayed until this year because the large amount of downtown construction underway at the time, including the new City Center Plaza just across the street from City Hall.
The overall cost of the project is $3.8 million. The Capital City Development Corporation is funding $1.2 million of the project, while the remaining $2.6 million will come from the city’s general fund.