December 3, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 43
Architect Ed Daniels remembers the day he was asked to turn the shuttered Jabil manufacturing plant in Meridian into a state-of-the art health science complex and high school shared by Idaho State University and Joint School District No. 2 in Meridian.
"When I toured the area, light bulbs went off. We saw an opportunity," said Daniels, an owner of Hummel Architects PLLC of Boise.
Daniels and his team created a space that incorporated eco-friendly features and cutting-edge design to meet the current and future needs of ISU and the Meridian school district. The building features skylights, metal beams and exposed ductwork, preserving the structure's industrial feel while creating an environment conducive to learning.
Unique to the project is ISU's partnership with Renaissance High School. Renaissance students considering careers in health care are able to use the University's library, labs and classrooms while earning college credit through ISU's dual enrollment program.
Architectural pros across the country are taking notice of the building's features.
This fall, the Idaho chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Hummel Architects its top prize for the design and renovation of the shared space at Interstate 84 and Locust Grove Road.
Daniels was on campus Nov. 28 to present an AIA plaque to ISU-Meridian Dean Bessie Katsilometes. He was flanked by John Julian, the Idaho Division of Public Works architect, who helped guide the project. The plaque inscription applauds Hummel for professional excellence in creating a design that fulfills the vision of ISU and the school district.
"We put trust in our clients, and they trusted us. That's what it took to pull off the project," said Daniels.
Also this month, Daniels was notified the building was one of three projects in the country to receive an Innovation and Sustainability Award in the category of Site Selection and Development from College Planning & Management, a trade publication that covers facilities, security, technology and business.
The ISU-Meridian Health Science Center opened in August 2009 and offers more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and online programs in the health professions. The Center's second floor houses the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex, compounding and research labs, and the physician assistant studies program. The main floor is home to simulation and medical labs, three clinics, and academic programs.
Visit ISU-Meridian at www.isu.edu/meridian.