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New School of Public Service Building Planned for West End of Campus

By: Sherry Squires   Published 10:33 am / August 16, 2017

A banner with the Boise State "B" logo in front of the Idaho State Capitol.

Planning has begun for a new School of Public Service building at Boise State, to be located across University Drive from the Micron Business and Economics Building on the southwest corner of campus.

The four-story building will have an estimated 50,000-70,000 square feet, depending on available budget, and cost between $15 million-$21 million.

The goal is to bring together the School of Public Service administrative offices, centers and academic programs — Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Military Science, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, and Urban Studies and Community Development. The units currently are spread across numerous locations on campus.

“Our school has been working to tear down disciplinary boundaries and build new programs across academic disciplines. This will bring our faculty together and help ensure we are working in a collaborative way to build these programs,” said School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook.

Space in the building also will be designed for the School’s affiliated centers, the Andrus Center for Public Policy, Frank Church Institute, Idaho Policy Institute, and the Center for Idaho History and Politics, making them more accessible to students.

“Each of them aspires to become a greater part of the academic life of our university,” Cook said.

Boise State has a state-mandated public affairs mission given to the university by the State Board of Education. Cook notes that the location of the new building along Capitol Boulevard plays into the School’s vision of promoting and facilitating informed discourse and civic engagement, and serving as a recognized and trusted resource for policymakers searching for solutions to pressing public concerns.

“I think this visible and outward-facing building says a lot about the importance of public service in Idaho,” Cook added.