Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Boone Hall set for summer renovation

2010. 05. 21.

William Judson Boone Hall will have a new look when students return to The College of Idaho this fall. Renovation is set to begin June 7 on the 42-year-old building, which houses the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the Whittenberger Planetarium and the bulk of the C of I science department.

The goal of the renovation is to upgrade Boone Hall to a platform for supporting modern scientific research and education. C of I staff and the design team spent two years planning the renovations, which will focus on replacing the building's major systems, updating research laboratories, improving public spaces and classrooms, and bringing the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Sciences are a landmark program here,” said Marv Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. “We have not had a facility that is worthy of our science faculty or students for some years now. We will thanks to the remodel, and it's exciting.”

Some of the major undertakings of the renovation include replacing the bulk of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and lighting systems; installing a new elevator, emergency power generator and fire sprinkler system; replacing the roof, windows, ceilings and floor tile; remodeling the restrooms; moving the rooftop greenhouse to ground level; adding a new access ramp to the southwest entry; and installing new communications systems throughout the building.

Staff and construction workers currently are moving boxes out of Boone Hall. Ongoing summer research projects will be housed on and around campus during construction. A groundbreaking ceremony featuring C of I administration and local officials is scheduled for June 7, and renovation is expected to be completed for the start of the 2010-2011 school year.