Friday, March 5, 2010
State Department of Lands is planning office renovation project
The state Department of Lands is getting ready to spend up to $2.1 million on a project to renovate its offices in downtown Boise, according to a story in this week's Kuna Melba News. The project is out to bid, with a closing date of March 10.
The main areas of work on the building will be the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and replacing the building’s windows, according to George Bacon, Department of Lands director. The building, he said, is more than 50 years old, and the windows are original to the building. The windows originally had an estimated 15-year life expectancy, Bacon said.
“The HVAC system is ancient of days and needs to be replaced,” he said. The furnace is so old, Bacon added, that when something breaks, a replacement part needs to be fabricated, as the parts are no longer being made.
The building, at 300 N. Sixth St. in Boise, was built in 1952 and last remodeled in 1965, according to Ada County Assessor records for the property. The building is two stories totaling 31,350 square feet on 0.28 acres.
About 40 to 50 people with the Department of Lands work in the building, Bacon said. Another 8 to 12 people work in the state Office of Species Conservation, which is housed in the building. A private attorney also rents space in the building.
The money for the office building renovation will come from the Department of Lands’ earnings reserve fund, Bacon said.
You can read the rest of this story, including what this all has to do with public education in Idaho, on Page 5 of this week's Kuna Melba News.