Boise High School, Frank Church Building of Technology

Boise, Idaho

  • FIRM

    Hummel Architects, PLLC

  • CLIENT

    The Independent School District of Boise No. 1

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $6,191,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/1998

Designing the Frank Church Building of Technology presented opportunities to incorporate the vernacular of the historic Boise High School campus, the nearby North-End residential neighborhood, and the adjacent downtown urban area. The result is a striking design that gives homage to classical style while making a contemporary design statement.

Given the current ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$76.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio for telecommunications in education, the program required the new building to accommodate computers and technology, and science and math classes, while the old building became a center for the humanities classes—art, drama, language and history.

The media center/library is at the heart of the campus. A curving glass wall allows abundant light to flow into the space. Rimmed by a row of six columns, the curved wall breaks the repetitive exterior facade treatment, while making reference to the classical details of the original buildings.

The facility also includes a cafeteria and auxiliary gymnasium. Rolling doors in the cafeteria open onto a plaza for outdoor use in nice weather. A spacious, sheltered outdoor commons area provides additional space for social activities.

Photographer: ©Rick Keating

“I’d like to go to school

there! Great integration of new with old.”—1999 jury