The STOA Office Building, also referred to as the Hummel Office, was developed by RASH LLC (the then Hummel ownership makeup) and constructed in 2001 for $2.4 Million.  A solution to a common problem that most architectural firms often face; create a design studio with multiple teams on one floor and have adequate space allowing a firm to grow and contract in size within an established interior environment.  The solution was to make a Crit Space the focal point with surrounding Project Team Pods of varying sizes. This 12,200 SF two-story building was designed to house the primary tenant Hummel with 2,500 SF designated for a secondary tenant or flex growth.

The seven-parcel was developed by Richard B. Smith in the 1980’s is now referred to as Crane Creek Pointe.  The STOA’s 6,100 SF footprint resides on five of the parcels. The building pads had been prepped years prior.  The design intent was to create a solution that responds to the hillside topography and utilizes the existing pad prep.

A utilitarian design approach was taken when establishing the style of the building.  The team wanted the solution to have an emerging northwest style influence.  Wood, concrete and steel are the primary materials which became the finish elements as the structural system developed in response to the overall design aesthetic.  The building’s structural is expressed and mechanical systems are exposed.  Spaces are large and open – in footprint and volume.  The east and south exposures are very transparent that allow for the building’s interior + exterior systems and components to be easily viewed.

The building’s focal design elements are the two-story Lobby and  Stair located at the southern end of the building and it’s Exterior Decks that are suspended by 2-inch steel rods from engineered-wood roof beams.  Both elements are constructed unconventionally on how they grab on to other complimentary elements thereby drawing visual interest to themselves and how they are detailed.

Level One spaces include: Lobby, Conferencing, Shower / Restrooms, Business Administration, and Flex Growth / Secondary Tenant.

Level Two spaces include: Gallery, Conferencing, Open Design Studio, Critique Area, Storage, and Exterior Decks.

Hummel the firm is known for contributing to Idaho’s Architectural History.  The building houses an archive vault with many of Idaho’s most celebrated buildings.

The STOA Office Building has been recognized by the publication Intermountain Contractor as “Idaho’s Best Architectural Design of 2001” and receiving the American Institute of Architects Idaho Chapter Award of Merit in 2002.

*In-Association with Hummel

Gregory A. Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Project Manager + Design Architect (Hummel 1994 – 2014)