The existing 1960’s era College of Business & Economics Building (now the re-purposed Riverfront Hall) no longer could house the programs or the growth required to attract instructional talent to support the universities expanding offering of business degrees.

The university dedicated a newly acquired gateway site for the College of Business and Economics (COBE) at the corner of Capital Blvd. + University Dr.  The new COBE building not only needed to respond to the College’s internal charge but additionally become the west end academic face for Boise State University and campus entrance.


Administration recognized the BSU Campus reflects a mixed-bag of architectural style and quality to their buildings.  A charge to identify a pattern language for the campus was presented to the design team.  The new COBE building would be designed to reflect identifiable campus elements by integrating historical components with newer contemporary elements within the campus material palette.


The design is a 118,000 SF four-story building that holds to the north, west, and south property lines creating u-shaped plan with a courtyard that opens to the east and towards the center of campus.  Collaboration opportunities both student and faculty was a critical element presented by the Building Program.  Academically, the building is arranged with multiple seminar rooms for Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Business Administration along both the north and south bars at the building’s main floor with an open two-story student Living Room linking the two along the west bar.  Level Two + Three spaces predominately are college faculty office suites at both north / south bars.  The Level Three west bar houses large, Computer Classrooms.  Level Four is fully dedicated to the MBA and EMBA programs and Administrative Conferencing.  Multiple Breakout Rooms are located throughout the entire building for team working + collaboration.  A 250-seat Lecture hall anchors the southeastern corner of the complex.


BSU elected not to pursue LEED certification even though this building would have easily obtained LEED Gold Certification.  The building is connected to Boise’s Geo-Thermal network utilizing radiant heating and cooling through floor mounted radiators and ceiling mounted chilled beams.  The exterior envelope fully capped with foam plastic board outsilation (walls + roof).  Low-slope roofs are populated with live plant trays.

The University of Idaho Integrated Lighting Lab (IDL) consulted on natural vertical + overhead daylight harvesting strategies including opening placement locations and sizes.  All exterior openings are either double or triple, low-e, insulated grey-tinted glass units.  Occupants can monitor the building’s performance where the buildings live utility usage is visually on a special display at a Mechanical Room near the northwest entry.

The Micron Business & Economics Building opened in 2012 at cost of $29.6 million.

*In-Association with Hummel

a joint-venture Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Gregory A. Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Design Architect + Co-Project Designer (Hummel 1994 – 2014)