The University of Idaho, wishing to combine the academic programs of engineering and physics, hired Trout Architects to lead a consortium of design consultants on this 34 million-dollar project. Gordon Walker and NBBJ worked with Trout Architects to program and develop conceptual designs for the University’s overall engineering complex. The conceptual designs include four existing classroom and laboratory buildings to be renovated and a new recently constructed research and classrooms facility.
Developed as a unifying connection among the individual buildings, a new 13 million-dollar physics teaching and research building was also completed.
Faculty and administration participated in establishing the goals for the complex. These were to reinforce the campus fabric in terms of siting, scale and materials along with maintaining a collegiate appearance relevant to the existing campus and anticipating its future.
Design Team: Steve Trout, Elizabeth Young