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Moshe Safdie to design Boise public library

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Moshe Safdie to design Boise public library. Safdie Architects' library in Salt Lake City, Utah was completed in 2003. (Image via Safdie Architects)
Moshe Safdie to design Boise public library. Safdie Architects' library in Salt Lake City, Utah was completed in 2003. (Image via Safdie Architects)
Moshe Safdie is designing a new library for Boise, Idaho.

Yesterday, the Boise City Council approved a three-month contract with Safdie’s firm, Safdie Architects, to come up with a concept design for the 150,000-square-foot public library. The building will be sited on the same five-acre parcel as the existing library, a converted 1940s hardware warehouse. The stacks and related programming will take up the bulk of the new structure, but the building will also include roughly 20,000 square feet of public events space and 20,000 square feet for Boise’s Arts and History Department.

The initial contract, valued at almost $400,000, would cover preliminary designs, which may include proposals for reusing the existing library building. The total budget for the project is around $60 to $70 million, money that would come from fundraising and public financing, the Idaho Statesman reported.

“The City of Boise has a clear vision for how the new Boise Library can be a gateway to the city,” said Moshe Safdie, in a city-issued press release. “The building program, the public engagement process, and the site itself, will be the foundation of a design solution unique to Boise, one that reflects its highest aspirations and values as a community.”

Safdie is no stranger to the Heartland. His practice designed a public library in Salt Lake City, Utah, a science museum in Wichita, Kansas, and a performing arts center in Kansas City, Missori.

If all goes according to plan, Safdie Architects will work with local firm CSHQA on the Boise building, which should be complete in late 2021. There are no designs available at this time.

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