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College of Idaho to break ground on Boone Hall renovation

2010. 06. 01.

The College of Idaho officially breaks ground on the renovation of William Judson Boone Hall at 2:30 p.m. on June 7 with a ceremony on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Participants in the groundbreaking include The College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas, incoming C of I Board of Trustees Chairman John McGee and trustee Jim Mertz, Hoffman Construction operations manager Dan Drinkward, CM Company President Dennis Robinson and Erstad Architects founder Andy Erstad.

“Sciences are a proud tradition at The College of Idaho,” Henberg said. “And we are celebrating a moment of giving our students and faculty a science facility that is worthy of their efforts.”

Hoffman Construction, CM Company and Erstad Architects form the design and construction team that collaborated with C of I on the revamping of the 42-year-old hall, which houses the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the Whittenberger Planetarium, the Glen and Ruth Evans Gem and Mineral Collection, and the bulk of the C of I science department. Monday's ceremony kicks off the major phase of construction, which is scheduled to be complete when the 2010-11 school year begins in August.

The renovation will upgrade Boone Hall to better support modern scientific research and education. The project 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.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit