Out-of-State Design Firm Ranked Highest in Boise Fire Training Facility Bid Process

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After getting overwhelming support from voters, the city of Boise is ready to move forward with a plan to build a new fire training facility.

It took two attempts to get a super majority, but Boise voters ultimately approved a $17 million public safety bond in November 2014—76 percent voted yes. The bond included $6.8 million for a new firefighter training facility to replace the current facility near Americana Boulevard which, according to officials, is obsolete, 

On Tuesday, March 3, the Boise City Council will be asked to choose an architectural firm to plan and design a new training facility. The city received 11 proposals—almost all of them were from Idaho firms (seven were from Boise)—but coming out on top of the evaluation was the only out-of-state proposal, which came from Bremerton, Wash.-based Rice Fergus Miller. According to officials in the city's Division of Administration Services, RFM scored highest for accuracy, completeness, responsiveness and its interview with the city.

RFM says it plans to partner with a local architectural firm for the design process, the Boise City Council has the final say in the matter and is expected to award its decision March 3.