Boise Art Museum Expansion

Boise, Idaho

The Boise Art Museum, located in Julia Davis Park, has been a distinctive Boise landmark since the 1930s. Due to tremendous growth in the collection, the community, and interest in the museum, the board and management sought to provide Idaho with more opportunities for visual arts space.

The museum retained CSHQA to develop plans and visual information for a capital campaign outlining their immediate expansion needs. We also helped develop a master plan for future needs.

The $1.3 million expansion added 13,300 sf and converted 3,325 sf of existing space to new uses. Future needs identified in the master plan include an additional 12,200 sf. The expansion enhanced the museum’s exhibition and education services, provided administrative and storage space for many activities, and increased space for displayed art collections.

In 2007, a second CSHQA redesign included an art storage vault and climate control equipment to ensure the appropriate strict levels of air filtration, temperature, and relative humidity needed to preserve sensitive works of art.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)—Award of Citation in Architecture

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