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Department looks at six-year plan
to improve facilities statewide

Note: The following is the first of a two-part series that reviews ITD's facilities study and six-year master plan. Next week the Transporter will address Headquarters and the District 3 complex.

A master plan that will guide improvement and development of ITD facilities statewide was presented to the transportation board last week.

The plan, which is part of the department’s far-reaching vision to transform transportation in Idaho, includes consideration of remodeling some existing facilities, constructing new facilities or, in some cases, relocating and building at a new site. The extensive report is a culmination of work initiated in 2004 by facilities master plan study team that included ITD, the Idaho State Police (ISP), the Division of Public Works and a facilities consultant.

When possible, co-location with ISP or other partners was strongly considered as a way of continuing the strong partnerships and advancing new says of providing government services more efficiently and cost effectively.

Team members included ITD’s David R. Brown, facilities manager/architect; Ann Cronin, special assistant to the director of the ISP; John Costner, architect/project manager for the Department of Administration’s Division of Public Works; and Stanley A. Cole, principal architect along with Liza Morris and Curtis Crystal, both of whom are cole + poe project managers.

Although the board adopted the facilities report on May 19 in Lewiston, none of the projects considered in the study have been approved; the six-year building program will be submitted in June along with the budget for board consideration.

Following are some of the study’s findings presented to the board by Kathy Chase and Steve Spoor, members of the facilities planning team. Projects are listed in priority order.

Overall perspective

ITD operations are conducted in an amalgamation of buildings, some of which are more than 45 years old. Because of overcrowding, life safety concerns, efficiencies and other issues, ITD began discussions with the ISP and the district engineers about a year ago to address the needs of district operations.

ISP and the transportation department work in concert toward the common goals of providing the citizens of Idaho and those traveling throughout the state safety and mobility. This goal reinforces the need for a unified, long-range facility master plan that promotes the relationship and strengthens the ties of cooperation.

Working with the Department of Administration’s Division of Public Works, in November 2004 an independent consultant cole + poe architects was selected to develop a joint master plan study. Their work (along with that of ITD and ISP representatives) involved inspecting and evaluating existing facilities and sites. A draft of the study was presented to the Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council.

(District Six was not included in the study because of its remodeling/construction process under way in Rigby.)

Location Working
Overcrowding Facility
Sandpoint Residency Poor Poor Poor Poor
District 4 HQ Poor Fair Fair Fair
District 1 HQ (remodel) Good Good Good Good
District 5 HQ Fair Poor Fair Fair
District 2 HQ Poor Fair Fair Poor

Sandpoint residency
Located within the ITD maintenance shop, the facility was rated “poor” for working efficiency, overcrowding, condition and code/accessibility issues. The second floor has two sets of exit stairs, one of which leads into the maintenance shop. Fumes frequently migrate up the stairwell into the workspace. The exit does not meet life-safety code. The second-floor ceiling height also is inadequate, according to current code.

ITD is considering the possibility of leasing new space for the residency staff to provide an immediate response to the poor working conditions.

District 4 Office, Shoshone
Because of its masonry construction and the addition of load-bearing masonry walls, the District 4 facility is very difficult to remodel. Large portions of the basement do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and thus are ill suited for habitation. The office was built 50 years ago; the main building was expanded in 1987 and another addition was built in 1970, nearly doubling its square footage.

Alternative sites have been discussed, including locating the district office next to the new ISP facility. To date, no decisions have been made.

District 1 Office, Coeur d’Alene
ISP’s top priority is to build a new facility on ITD property in Coeur d’Alene and vacate about 4,000 square feet it now occupies. The building has problems with the “exterior envelope” that collects water and creates maintenance issues. Overcrowding also is a consideration. The ITD Materials Lab needs additional space and electrical power. Remodeling the lab and the ISP-vacated space would resolve these issues.

The District 1 Office, which is 19,503 square feet (including more than 3,300 square feet occupied by ISP) was constructed in 1990.

District 5 Office, Pocatello
Remodeling the existing facility, which was constructed in 1969, is complicated by its rigid masonry construction. The new additions (1974 and 1989) are overcrowded but in generally good condition. ITD’s priority for the district office coincides with ISP’s priority.

District 2 Office, Lewiston
Existing space exceeds the needs assessment size by several thousand square feet. However, constraints of the existing building, which is one of the oldest in the ITD inventory (built in 1946), prevent efficient use of the available space, and the Materials Lab cannot be utilized. The facilities study recommends removal of the oldest part of the building and creating a new entrance on the south or southwest side to correct ADA issues. A major addition of 13,434 square feet was completed in 1974 and a smaller addition followed in 1989.

Renovation vs. replacement
Current building, health and safety code requirements in some instances will eliminate the feasibility of upgrading or remodeling. This is especially true with the Sandpoint and District 4 office facilities. Other district offices can be renovated and remodeled to meet operational needs.