BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
1401 W CESAR CHAVEZ LANE
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.
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.
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)