AIA National COTE Top Ten Award
AIA National Housing Awards, Honor Award
AIA Northwest Pacific Region Citation Award
Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award
• Carefully sited to minimize disturbance to its remote environment, Sawmill acknowledges that while the desert is harsh, it is also fragile. Historically, the valley had been used for mining, ranching and logging – hence the name “Sawmill.” Recognizing this past exploitation of the site, the homeowners wanted their house to give back to the land, rather than take from it. Sawmill stands as a testament to high design as an environmental ethic – a building that connects people to place.
The Watercooler is a 37 unit mixed-used live/work building located at the west edge of downtown Boise, Idaho. Measuring 24,500 s.f. on three floors, the building fills the north and east side of a 200’ x 122’ parcel at the corner of 14th and Idaho Street. Surface parking for cars and bicycles is located at the rear with vehicular access off the alley.
At the street corner, the Watercooler steps back to create a semi-public park. This privately owned, publicly-accessible space is a contribution to the City of Boise’s master plan transforming 14th into a pedestrian street. A covered breezeway provides a pedestrian connection between the corner park, parking area, and residential entrances. Seven live/work units with mezzanines open directly to the street, each with a semi-enclosed garden and sitting wall.
1619 Phillippi St. is an adaptive reuse project in Boise, ID. The project transformed a derelict auto repair shop into the regional headquarters for McCall- based EnergySeal Air Barrier Systems LLC, Idaho’s leading high-performance insulation contractor.
A portion of the original building was demolished making space for a new parking area while the remaining building was renovated into a new 2,000 square foot office space. The program consists of a reception area, conference room, office space, storage garage and support spaces.
The goal of the project was to revitalize the existing structure into a modern, ultra-energy efficient building. Through a combination of an extremely high- performing building envelope with efficient mechanical equipment and a photovoltaic system, the project will be Idaho’s first certified commercial Passive House building as well as the first Net-Positive Energy Retrofit.
1619 Phillippi is one of the most energy- efficient buildings in North America, with a measured energy use intensity (EUI) after the first year of occupancy of 5.95 kBTU/sf/yrbefore renewable energy production. After the electricity generated by the 4.56 kW solar PV array is accounted for, the EUI becomes -6.05 kBTU/sf/yr, making the building net-positive on an annual basis. This building also meets the 80% 2030 Challenge site EUI target and performs better than the most stringent 90% target when PV is accounted for.
By committing to an aggressive energy target early in the planning stages, even a challenging retrofit project can result in an ultra-low energy building that is capable of cost-effectively reaching net-zero without overly complex and expensive mechanical and renewable energy systems.