Boise State Fine Arts Building: Where Will All the Parking Go? 

click to enlarge Rendering of proposed new Boise State University Fine Arts Building. - LCA ARCHITECTS
  • LCA Architects
  • Rendering of proposed new Boise State University Fine Arts Building.
Art is in the eye of the beholder. Art buildings are, too. It didn't take long after Boise Weekly shared images of Boise State's proposed Fine Arts Building before readers started weighing in:

"Anything that deviates from the brick and sandstone St. Luke's look-alike approach would be welcome," wrote one.

"I wish it was a little artistic," wrote another.

"Rad! I wish it were there when I was getting my BFA," wrote another.

"It's ugly," wrote two more.

"This is a beautiful addition to the BSU campus as well as Capitol Boulevard," wrote someone else.

The number of reader opinions on the proposed building's aesthetics were matched by the number of readers wondering how the proposed building, which would consolidate many of the Fine Arts departments currently scattered in five building across campus, would affect parking, since it would be built between the Micron Business and Economics Building and the Towers dormitory along the Boise Greenbelt.

Developers say the building would eliminate approximately 328 parking spaces for cars and a few more for motorcycles, but Boise State officials insist they have plenty of spaces to take care of students, staff and faculty. According to the university, Boise State currently owns and operates 6,780 parking spaces and during peak hours of operation (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), there is an estimated average of 1,100 empty spaces. 

Additionally, Boise State officials point to Section 11-10-01.01 of the university's vehicle parking standard, which states  there should be parking spaces for at least 80 percent of faculty and 30 percent of full time students. So, when putting those percentages next to the 2014/2015 census of faculty and staff, it equates to about 5,213 parking spaces, fewer than the university's current 6,780 spaces, giving the proposed building's developers the cushion they say they'll have when they eliminate 328 spaces.


click to enlarge Rendering of proposed new Boise State University Fine Arts Building. - LCA ARCHITECTS
  • LCA Architects
  • Rendering of proposed new Boise State University Fine Arts Building.



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