Facilities study part of transformation process
Some of our buildings were constructed more than 50 years ago and are nearing the end of their functional life unless we commit significant resources to remodel or upgrade them. In some cases, the cost of modernizing the buildings would exceed costs of new construction.
We approach our facilities from the same perspective that we do equipment and infrastructure: to use them as efficiently as possible for as long as practical. Good maintenance practices will extend the life of our facilities, but there comes a time when replacement is appropriate. How do we know when we have reached that point? Through a comprehensive facilities study and development of a master plan.
It is important to realize that this facilities study is part of a process to transform transportation in Idaho. It will enable us to make wise decisions about when to repair or renovate buildings, when to replace them and when to relocate department operations to a new site and construct new buildings.
Currently, we have more questions than answers; we have
reached no conclusions.
We will rely on input from the people who use our facilities most – department employees and the public – when making decisions about their functionality. ITD’s facilities must use current design and incorporate emerging technologies; they must provide easy access, and they must foster efficiency and productivity. In essence, they must be 21st century facilities.
We will keep you informed about decisions that affect your work environment and your ability to function most effectively.