Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Contact: Mike Journee
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City of Boise announces Building Excellence Winners

Four Boise building owners and their projects will be recognized by the City of Boise for increasing building safety, accessibility and sustainability.

The recipients are Whole Foods at River Park Place, Hoppie Building, Mercy Housing 12th and River Senior Apartments, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple. The winners will receive their awards May 15 at the at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) luncheon at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building, 802 W. Bannock St.

Increasing Building Sustainability

The Whole Foods Market and Mercy Housing 12th and River Senior Apartment projects are being recognized for excellence in sustainable construction. The Whole Foods Market project used innovative lighting techniques to minimize energy usage, installed a heat reclamation system utilizing “waste” heat from its refrigeration system, and installed an innovative permeable paving system that keeps 100% of all storm water from leaving the site.  Mercy Housing’s Senior Apartment project is the highest scoring LEED for Homes multi-family project in the State of Idaho. Special sustainable features include a 52kw solar photovoltaic system, high-efficiency mechanical system that has energy recovery systems for both air and domestic water, and advanced framing systems with super-high efficiency insulation.    

Increasing Building Safety

The Hoppie Building renovation on Vista Avenue is being recognized for the fire-resistive construction and exiting system improvements within the 70-year-old building. This improvement keeps affordable tenant space available while providing basic protection from fires for the dance students, jewelry artisans and others that lease space in the building.

Best Project and Providing Better Access for all Citizens

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being honored in two categories: Best Project of the Year and Best Accessibility Project. In addition to the extensive interior and exterior updates showcasing new landscaping and new interior finishes that were completed in the recent Temple remodel, the Church proactively installed a fire sprinkler system throughout the 38,000 sq. foot building. Now all visitors and first responders to the Temple will have this essential protection. The lighting and HVAC systems were also upgraded to meet or exceed all energy code requirements. The Temple renovation increased accessibility to both the Temple’s interior and exterior. The installation of handrails, renovated restrooms, and improved wheel chair access throughout the structure as well as an extensive restructure of the grounds with a new system of ramps, open landscaping and gently sloping sidewalks allow people of all mobility levels to access the building and the grounds.

“The Building Excellence Awards honor projects that show how business, non-profits and our local government are building Boise together, Planning and Development Services Director Derick O’Neill said. “The owners, building designers and construction professionals that are honored deserve recognition for protecting the public. These building owners are the unseen heroes who invest thousands of dollars on building elements that aren’t always obvious but make all of us safer and improve the quality of our life. These honorees help make the City of Boise ‘the most livable City in the Country.’”

This is the sixth year Boise City has partnered with BOMA in presenting the Building Excellence awards.