Petersen • Staggs Architects LLP Office, Boise, Idaho
Petersen • Staggs’ two-story 6,499 sq. ft. post “Prairie” office building is located in Boise, Idaho. The intent of the office building was to create a dynamic environment conducive to creative work as well as a showcase for the firm’s detail oriented design.
The wood framed building employs exterior framed walls with a steel post and glu-lam beam interior structural system which allows for maximum flexibility of the interior spaces if they need to be modified in the future.
The building steps from one story to two with the use of 1-½ story overbuild areas on each wing of the building. This creates stepping horizontal lines as the building flows from single story eaves at the perimeter to two stories at the center. The over build area’s use of clerestory windows add exterior interest while providing natural lighting into the library and workspaces.
Large glu-lam braces allow the walls below to remain low and open by providing lateral structural bracing as well as adding a hint of “truth in materials”.
The hovering horizontal roof lines cantilever from the building’s mass with sleek-lined knee-braces of enameled metal. The exterior finish is stucco with a champagne-color standing seam roof and stepped stone veneer accents at the entries and corners of the structure. The building has two main entrances / front facades, one facing the street, the other; the parking lot located at the rear. As an infill project, special consideration was taken in the design of the site to retain the land’s mature personality.