Boise, Idaho

The Carnegie Library is a treasured landmark in downtown Boise. The original building was built in 1904 and an addition was added in 1914, for a total square footage of 10,983 SF. This project is a renovation of the historic library as well as the building’s associated site. The library was placed on the National Historic Register in 1974. A specific goal of the project is restoration of the original reading rooms and stage area with its associated murals.

The original building use as a Library with large reading rooms, lecture rooms melds very well and serves as a guide for the building’s intended new use. The values of conveying knowledge, a vibrant arts culture and a community gathering place carry into the new building program of Event Space, Training and Lecture Rooms, and Art Gallery.

Project scope includes the challenge of integrating new MEP systems into the historic structure. New systems such as the use of technology and the integration of geothermal system for heating and cooling adds state of the art infrastructure yet will seamlessly blend without changing the historical significance of this restoration project.