ARGUINCHONA BASKETBALL COMPLEX*

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

1401 W CESAR CHAVEZ LANE

BOISE, IDAHO

PROBLEM:

Existing facilities within Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena no longer met the standard of excellence a Division I Basketball program must have to retain coaching talent and attract the type of student athlete needed to build the program.

PROGRAM:

The Team:  Provide for a Division I basketball program competing for a larger recruitment base along with co-status to the university’s nationally recognized football program and fan base.

The Student-Athlete and Coaches:  Provide versatility and time management of the student-athlete’s academic and athletic requirements, accessibility for team building and communication.

The Program:  Provide a “Front Door” to the program that heightens the ability for coaches to recruit talented student athletes with a facility that includes:  a striking first impression, themed environments, Academic Centers, student-athlete Lounges, quality Locker Rooms, Film Rooms, and Coach’s Offices, that are highly visible from the outside, yet secure and private at the interior.

SOLUTION:

The two-story 12,000 sf addition to the dated 30-year, 260,000 SF Taco Bell Arena with an available 7000 sf site with limited visible exposure has challenges, but does offer efficient design solutions.  The highlights are:

Program Identity – The addition faces into campus located along a primary circulation way adjacent to a competition tennis facility and student union.  A west facing mesh acid-etched logo screen at the southwest corner creates the identity marker.

Campus Material Palette – The addition utilizes traditional and new campus building materials: brick, composite metal panels, and glass that compliments older brick buildings while contemporizing the more recent with both metal and glass.

The 12,000 SF Facility opened in 2011 at a cost of $2.4 Million.

*In-Association with Hummel

Gregory A. Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Design Architect (Hummel 1994 – 2014)