Under Construction, Adaptive Reuse

Twin Falls, Idaho

The new Twin Falls City Hall is designed to coincide with a downtown revitalization for a community of around 50,000 residents. The 3-story, 50,000 square-foot building will accommodate the relocation and centralization of many city services and departments. Prior to the renovation, a majority of city services were dispersed among three different locations. In this adaptive reuse project, Utility Billing, Engineering, Planning and Zoning, Administrative offices, Human Resources, Finance, Information Systems and City Council Chambers will all be housed in the new downtown location.

Hummel performed an existing building analysis and determined that the only value in the former furniture building was its structure. The building was then stripped of its finishes, systems, and hazardous materials. Efficient use of daylighting, energy-efficient mechanical systems, as well as LED lighting were all implemented into the facility’s design. The City of Twin Falls is pursuing LEED Certification. The architectural characteristics of the existing downtown structures influenced the materials selected for the new City Hall.

The Twin Falls Police Department has been operating in a facility which they outgrew years ago. The current campus consists of three buildings: Twin Falls Police, Twin Falls Fire and City Hall. When the City Hall moves to its new location it will allow the police department to utilize the former City Hall building. The Administration Building will house detective offices, records rooms, interview rooms and public access to the Twin Falls Police Department; while the crime lab, SWAT, lockers, dispatch and patrol cars occupy the Operations Building. To improve operations and functionality for the police department, modernization of components and circulation improvements were implemented into the design as well as increasing daylighting within the building.