Remodeling Boone Hall

Phase II of remodeling Boone Hall will improve and enhance the teaching laboratories and faculty offices. These renovations will advance the College’s commitment to providing a modern, flexible platform that supports contemporary teaching, learning and research in the sciences.


When it opened in 1968, Boone Hall was a state-of-the-art facility. Over the past 40+ years Boone Hall has played a significant role in furthering The College of Idaho’s legacy of excellence in the sciences, marked by the acceptance of C of I alumni into graduate schools and health-related careers in unprecedented numbers. Our goal is to restore Boone Hall to a level of quality comparable to that enjoyed by its first generation of students and faculty. 

Phase I of remodeling Boone Hall, completed in September of 2010, made improvements to infrastructure, accessibility, safety, and research facilities. All the major mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were replaced or upgraded, the research laboratories modernized, and the building brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Now Phase II will focus on remodeling the remainder of the working space: the teaching laboratories and faculty offices. This needed set of renovations reflects the dedication, effort and accomplishments of our students and faculty in advancing the College’s exemplary record of achievement in science teaching and research, highlighted by recent gains in extramurally funded programs.

Time, Resources and Scope of Work

The College’s goal is to have the funds raised and the Phase II renovations completed during the Advance The Legacy campaign, which concludes in 2016, the College’s 125th anniversary.

The initial estimate to accomplish the Phase II renovations of Boone Hall is approximately $2.3 million. Spurred by a significant gift from Dr James Smith ('64) and his wife Mary Barbara, and donations from other alumni, trustees, and friends of the College, funds for this project exceed $2.2 million. This figure includes a $750,000 grant awarded in December 2013 by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Current plans call for remodeling of the teaching laboratories, classrooms, and support areas, to be configured as new, flexible state-of-the-art spaces that will support and enhance individual work, group projects, interdisciplinary or problems-based approaches, and student research. Renovation efforts also will reflect the shift from analog to digital instrumentation – a necessary change as under our new PEAK curriculum every student will graduate with a major or a minor in science.