CTA Architects Engineers recognized in Engineering News-Record

By: CTA Staff
27 November 2013

CTA Architects Engineers has won two of Engineering News Record’s 2013 Best Projects Awards in the “Cultural/Worship” and “Small Project” categories.

CTA was recognized for the accessibility and fire protection upgrades that it made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Boise Temple and for 10 Barrel Brewing Company, an adaptive reuse of a historic downtown Boise building.

10 Barrel claimed the best project title in the “Small Projects” category, which only included projects that cost less than $10 million. But, according to Connie St. George, CTA Project Manager: bringing it to life was no small feat.

“There were several challenges during this project: from the seismic updates required for the exposed trusses, to the process of coordinating with several public agencies and consultants,” said St. George. “I truly feel that the finished project was worth the time and care we put in, and it is great to be recognized by a national publication for our efforts.”

The Oregon based brewing company has become an integrated part of Boise’s downtown scene, providing a bridge from the very popular 8th and Main area, to the North End residential area. Additionally, it brings much needed foot traffic to the more isolated businesses further from the center of downtown.

The renovation to the grounds and safety systems CTA performed on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Boise Idaho Temple landed the project in the winner’s circle for the “Cultural/Worship” category.

“This major renovation project completed on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was about opening up of the temple grounds to the public and presenting a new face to an iconic building in Boise, Idaho”, said Angela Hansen, CTA Landscape Architect for the project.

The design addressed the challenges of accessibility, and the visitor experience to the temple by eliminating existing barriers both interior and exterior to the building.

In addition to the site improvements around the exterior of the temple, the building systems underwent extensive renovations including accessibility upgrades to the interior, room finishes, upgrades to the mechanical systems, interior circulation and interior finishes were a part of the project.

The design was accomplished through the removal of existing retaining and screen walls, the introduction of accessible pathways, and the design of smaller more intimate outdoor seating/gathering spaces. Visitors are invited onto the temple grounds through a series of street side gates, terraced planters filled with colorful plantings, and a cascading water feature.

CTA is proud to be awarded for two high profile projects, and will continue holding its work to the gold standard that attracts national recognition.

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