C of I completes Boone Science Hall renovation
The College of Idaho’s primary undergraduate research facility has completed its transformation from the Space Age to the Digital Age thanks to a recent $2.3 million, Phase II upgrade to Boone Science Hall.
The building—named after founding C of I President William Judson Boone—opened to much fanfare in 1970, but some of the facility’s teaching labs hadn’t changed much since then, until now.
Nine teaching labs have been completely remodeled and updated through the Phase II renovation. The renovation of Boone Science Hall will help bolster the College’s longstanding tradition of excellence in the sciences.
Phase II of the Boone Hall renovation project was funded by eight major donors—including a $1 million gift from Boise cardiologist Dr. James W. Smith and his wife, Mary Barbara—as well as a $750,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Trust and the donations of 82 alumni and friends of the College.
“We can’t thank our alumni and friends enough for their generous support,” said Jack Cafferty, director of development. “Their gifts have propelled the College’s science programs to a new level and provided students with the latest and greatest learning opportunities.”
Phase I of the Boone Hall remodel—a $7.4 million project completed in September 2010—made improvements to the building’s infrastructure, accessibility, safety and research facilities.