Advisory Committee Explores Options For University Of Idaho President’s Residence

Friday, July 19 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho Interim President Don Burnett has established an advisory committee to look into the options available for renovating or replacing the existing president’s residence. The committee will be broad-based, composed of University of Idaho administrators, University of Idaho Foundation leaders, and representatives from the faculty, staff, and students.

The envisioned residence would serve a dual purpose: creating an appropriate living space for future presidents and their families, while also providing a venue for select gatherings and presidential events.

“It is vitally important for the university to have a high-quality facility that serves both of these purposes,” said Burnett. “It is equally important, however, that the facility should reflect the Idaho values of prudence and practicality. The dual-purpose facility should be attractive and functional without being extravagant.”

The existing home was built in 1967 for $121,900 or $877,000 in today’s dollars. It has had minor remodeling over the years, most notably a small expansion of the dining room and exterior patio.

Beyond the awkward and inefficient layout, the home is in need of major repairs and modernization that include, but are not limited to, a complete replacement of the boiler, heating, water and waste infrastructures. A recent estimate put the cost of improvements and repairs for the existing structure at $500,000, prompting the university to consider replacing the home.

To replace the current home and to slightly expand the public space has been estimated to cost up to $1.38 million.

Both of these estimates, and a range of project alternatives, will be evaluated by the committee Burnett has appointed. When a project is recommended by the committee, the university envisions a portion of the cost being funded with private contributions.
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Media Contact: Gemma Gaudette, University Communications, (208) 284-0461, gemma@uidaho.edu



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.