The Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been recognized for its design in the Intermountain Contractor magazine’s “Best of ‘08” competition.
The library – designed by Architects West of Coeur d’Alene and built by Leone & Keeble Inc. of Spokane – received the award for the Best Public Building Over $5 Million in Idaho.
An independent jury of industry experts judged nearly 100 submitted projects from Idaho and Utah. The winning projects were featured in the December issue of the magazine and will also be submitted for the National Best of ’08 Competition. (See the Intermountain Contractor article.)
“The Intermountain Contractor, the organization that sponsors the award, is a construction industry publication serving Idaho and Utah,” said Architect West’s Scott Fischer. “To be recognized by them, as the ‘Best Public Building Over $5 Million’ in this area is an honor for us as a design firm, as well as for the City of Coeur d’Alene.
“Architects West is very proud to have been involved with the project, and so pleased that the facility has been so well received by our community.”
Fischer added that the library staff and Foundation, the staff at the City of Coeur d’Alene, and the patrons of the library, however, should be most proud of for the success of the project.
“Their countless hours of involvement throughout the design process created ownership and interest in the facility that made the design truly reflect the needs and wants of the city,” Fischer said.
Jeramie Keeble, of Leone & Keeble Inc., said, “it is extremely gratifying to have the opportunity to engage in a civic project such as the library, which has such a direct, positive impact on the community. Leone & Keeble, Inc. is both humbled and excited by the recognition this project has received.”
The 38,500 square-foot library opened in September 2007 and was built for about $6.7 million. The library was a joint project of the City of Coeur d’Alene, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and the Lake City Development Corporation, the city’s urban renewal agency.