Idaho State Capitol Renovation and Restoration
After a century of use, deferred maintenance, and countless modifications that eroded the historical character of the building, the Idaho Capitol restoration brought the 250,000 sf building back to its former grandeur by restoring the historical elements of the building, preserving the integrity of the existing materials, and rehabilitating the spaces for contemporary uses.
As the largest non-highway public works endeavor in state history, the project stabilized the condition of the building (exterior, interior, and site work) and upgraded all building systems and infrastructure, especially addressing life safety and accessibility.
Two new, five-story staircases and elevator towers were incorporated within the existing building footprint at the northwest and northeast corners to provide emergency egress and allow for better building access. The former dark-and-dreary basement was transformed into a light-filled space that now serves as the primary public entrance into the Capitol.
The project connects to two new, 50,000 sf underground wings that complement the original building while providing additional public meeting space and office space for the legislators with minimal changes to the overall appearance of the Capitol from the street.