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Building Excellence Awards

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Highlands Elementary

Excellence in Modernization of Schools 2021

A new 42,000 sf elementary school facility was designed to replace an aging and non-code compliant facility. The classroom wings utilizes wood stud bearing walls and pre-engineered wood trusses and wood deck roofing systems. The gymnasium and cafeteria are have concrete masonry unit walls with large glulam beams to mimic a feature of the original school. Due to site conditions, retaining walls were designed to fit the site.
Esther Simplot

Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy – Opera Idaho

Honorable Mention 2021

This remodel project for Opera Idaho raised the roof over the rehearsal space and rearranged the interior space to allow for a new elevator and vestibule. The structure consists of a historic URM shell with a new heavy timber roof system.
Ada County Paramedics Medic 17 Station

Ada County Paramedics Medic 17 Station

Best Overall Project

Architecture | Landscape | Sustainability
The existing Ada County Paramedics Medic 17 Station was completely remodeled to provide an efficient facility for a two- to three-person crew. Built in 1954 as a fire station, the building has been  a paramedics station since 1996. The structural portion of the renovation included seismic code upgrades, raising the roof, adding square footage, mechanical screens, floating shade canopies, and site walls.
VA Women’s Wellness Center

VA Women’s Wellness Center

Excellence in Sustainability - Commercial

The VA Women’s Wellness Center is designed to meet the specific needs of their women veterans and their families. The new 5,766 SF standalone clinic includes six private exam rooms, a specialized procedure room, counseling space, lactation room, showering facilities for homeless women vets, team work areas and administrative support spaces. The building was designed to meet or exceed the VA Sustainable Design & Energy Reduction standards.
Hawkinson Building

Hawkinson Building

Excellence in Architecture

The Hawkinson Building was designed and constructed for the owner’s personal woodworking shop and storage facility. The 11,200 SF building is located in the Federal Way Industrial Park. The owner’s desire for a high quality building, which recalled the industrial designs of the early 20th century, resulted in this steel framed structure, faced with stone and brick and covered with a  standing-seam metal roof.


Best Overall Project 2021

Built in 1907, the original church structure had fallen into disrepair. AHJ performed a structural evaluation and many retrofit measures were designed to support the failing roofs and floor. The lateral systems were upgraded to carry the seismic mass of heavy stone veneer that was removed and reinstalled. Stair wells, an elevator and mezzanines were added to meet functional and code requirements. The building’s use had varied over its previous century, but is now an impressive children’s arts and performance academy.
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Ochos Wine Bar

Excellence in Accessibility 2021

Over many years AHJ has been involved in slowly retrofitting this historic structure into the beautiful venue it is today. First a seismic retrofit was performed which tied the unreinforced masonry (URM) walls to the roof and floor and stabilized the facades. Later the roof was supported so a main second floor dividing wall could be removed to create a large sprung dance floor. Later the precarious URM carriage house was reinforced with interior shotcrete and strengthened to create a charming short-term rental space. Next the elevated patio and outdoor lounge space with glass coverings was created. Curved walls, pergolas and unique features were artfully imagined by the design team and well executed by the contractor.

Other Awards


Net Zero Energy Building

Idaho’s First Commercial Zero Net Energy Building Zero net energy is happening in Boise – Driven by the city’s commitment to leadership in sustainability through innovative policies and projects, this net-zero space represents a milestone in achieving the city’s aggressive goal of designing all new city owned buildings as zero net energy, and reducing overall … More

Alzar School

Alzar School

Project Description PROVIDED BY AIA IDAHO: The Alzar School is a leadership boarding school for 15/16 year olds on 100 acres on the bank of the Payette River. It includes instruction and residential facilities for 16 students and 8 staff, with plans for additional 16 students and 4 staff. Construction included a mile-long access road … More

Orchid Award

Orchid Award

Keith W. Jones Distinguished Preservationist Presented at the 38th Annual Orchids and Onions Awards on May 30, 2015 at the Sandpoint Events Center in Sandpoint, Idaho.