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.
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.)
ITD is considering the possibility of leasing new space for the residency staff to provide an immediate response to the poor working conditions.
4 Office, Shoshone
Alternative sites have been discussed, including locating the district office next to the new ISP facility. To date, no decisions have been made.
1 Office, Coeur d’Alene
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
District 2 Office, Lewiston
Renovation vs. replacement