NORTH WIND OFFICE BUILDING
Idaho Falls, Idaho • 23,000 sq. ft.
Design Team: Kurt Dubbe, AIA; Eric Wandmacher, Becky Smith
On a sloping site along the Snake River in Idaho Falls, Idaho, an environmental consulting service company had visions of a new office building to serve as their corporate headquarters. Working closely with the owners to develop the program, DMA designed a 23,000-square foot structure that takes full advantage of the site’s orientation and provides a sense, or image, of corporate identity.
The exterior materials used on this project (native stone, reclaimed timber posts and beams, wood siding and steel roofing) were specified to provide visual cues to the natural resources and the quality of the services represented within. The prominent porte cochere creates a strong sense of entry for employees and clientele.
Abundant operable windows tucked under wide overhangs on the east and west elevations flood the office floors with natural light and ventilation, reducing energy costs. Private offices for supervisory personnel and conference rooms are strategically spaced throughout the two main levels, where open floor plans allow work stations to be configured according to project team needs.
A daylight, full basement opens to a terrace facing the river, giving employees an opportunity to enjoy an open air lunch while savoring the view across the river to the west. Full height attic space, passively lit from clerestory windows above, provides storage and additional temporary work spaces during large projects.