CSHQA is pleased to announce that the Idaho State Capitol Restoration received an Award of Merit for Historic Preservation at the recent Northwest and Pacific Region AIA Design Awards in Tokyo, Japan on November 15, 2011.
After a century of service, use, and countless modifications which eroded the historical character of the building and grounds, the restoration brought the 200,000-sf building back to its former grandeur by restoring historical elements, preserving existing materials, and rehabilitating spaces for contemporary uses. As the largest, building-related public works endeavor in state history, it was challenged to upgrade and install all new infrastructure systems and address life safety and accessibility while retaining the historic building fabric. Along with the exterior and interior restoration, two new five-story stair and elevator towers were incorporated within the existing building footprint to provide emergency egress and allow for improved building access. Life safety and accessibility required the seamless integration of fire suppression and alarm systems and new accessible restrooms throughout.
The former dark and dreary basement has been transformed into a light-filled public entry and education center. Two new 25,000 SF underground buildings expand this basement to provide additional meeting space for legislators, staff and citizens while retaining the historical look and feel of the Capitol. BD+C