milestones of mccall construction project

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College of Natural Resources
phone: (208) 885-8981
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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

College Initiatives

McCall Field Campus plan renderings and outline

McCall Field Campus

The McCall Field Campus hosts a long tradition of hands-on learning. The College of Natural Resources’ commitment to this campus and the mission to lead STEM education culminates in a collaborative and inclusive plan to enhance the opportunities and outreach of the University of Idaho on the shores of Payette Lake. The plan builds on the legacy of Forestry Camp, encompasses our award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School and identifies future potential of the campus in this cohesive strategy developed with the McCall community, alumni, staff, faculty, and stakeholders.

  • Construction Phases and Building Descriptions

    site plan phase overlay


    Visitor Information / Welcome Area

    This new structure will serve as a sheltered gateway to gather incoming visitors and guests, where they can collect a luggage cart, view a site map, and get a brief introduction to campus. This is an unheated structure with enclosed storage area for carts and small equipment.

    Site Access Roads and Parking

    The first phase of construction will allow the Campus to close University Lane and focus on the development of new pedestrian paths, roads and parking areas. In addition, a four-season fire lane will be developed over the sewer easement in central campus.


    Dining Hall

    The Dining Hall will be the hub of the McCall Field Campus, and include dining areas, kitchen, storage and restrooms. It supports the auditorium by providing reception space and restroom facilities.

    Administration Building

    This facility supports the day-to-day operations of the MFC with work areas for staff, faculty and graduate students, as well as meeting and support space.

    MOSS Bathhouse

    Boys, girls and adult bathing and restroom facilities will be constructed to support upwards of 170 individuals per day. This space will include central laundry facilities for the campus.

    Re-use of MOSS Cabins

    In the early phases of the project, the McCall Field Campus will re-purpose existing cabins for hosting UI and MOSS patrons. The cost will cover moving the cabins, providing temporary foundations and electrical service.

    Higher Education Classrooms

    This building will consist of classrooms, required instruction materials and supplies storage, and covered outdoor gathering space for informal instruction. This space will allow for growth of UI programming.

    Site Development

    New footpaths, service access points, and site landscaping to each of the buildings in this phase will be constructed, as well as making connections to existing roads, parking and buildings. In each subsequent phase, paths, roads, and landscaping will be added to complete the finished site expression.


    Classroom Building

    Twelve classrooms, each seating 10 to 12, will be constructed to serve UI and MOSS programming. Operable panel partitions will be employed to allow rooms to be joined together.

    Laboratory Building

    Three laboratory modules will be constructed to support growing UI academic programming, including work completed on the UI campus. Lab support and storage facilities will be included.

    Lake Classroom

    This classroom facility will be multi-use, serving all program needs, from larger meetings to small hands-on class sessions. The building’s proximity to and views of Payette Lake will be strong additions to the campus’ academic resources. In addition, the north side of the building will support winter canoe and waterfront storage demands.

    Maintenance Facilities

    The construction of four buildings—maintenance shop, garage, wood shed and compost facilities—will support the operations and maintenance needs of the campus. With over 80,000 square feet of built facilities at build-out and 14-acres of prized property, support facilities sustain the campus image.

    Waterfront Services

    The active UI and MOSS programs have significant seasonal storage needs immediately accessible to the lake shore and dock. In addition to upgrades to the dock, storage is needed for equipment and tools.


    This superlative outdoor space at the edge of Payette Lake will serve the daily gathering and campfire needs of the campus. While not a finely-tuned performance space, it definitely supports evening lectures, daytime gatherings and the occasional marshmallow roast for upwards of 225 individuals.

    Greenhouse and Living Machine

    This demonstration wastewater management system, called the “Living Machine,” relies on bio-mimicry to convert gray water to non-potable water. A series of tanks support vegetation and a variety of other organisms and are housed within the greenhouse.


    UI Graduate Housing

    Eight suites, with joint-use living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, will house three grad students in single occupancy room. Units have been configured around a porch fronting on the UI Green.

    UI Undergraduate Housing

    Twelve double-occupancy rooms will be constructed, each with its own small kitchenette and shared bath facilities. Units have been configured around a porch fronting on the UI Green.

    UI Visitor / Guest Housing

    Two 600-square foot units will be constructed to support the needs of UI short- and long-term guest. Each 2-bedroom unit has a small kitchen, living and dining area, and bathroom.

    UI Commons

    This joint-use building will serve as the living room of the UI Green. Including a living room, study/library, kitchen and support services, this building kindles lifelong collegiate relationships and ongoing collaboration across the academic community.

    Lodge Renovation

    Constructed in 1939 by the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC), the Lodge has stood as a senior sentinel of the McCall Field Campus. After 75 years, the building is in need of a major renovation, from windows to building systems, but great care will be taken to retain the building’s character and warmth.


    MOSS Housing

    To support this growing program, seven triplex units, each housing eight patrons, will be constructed around the active MOSS Green. Each triplex unit will have a front porch and covered learning deck.

    Meeting Rooms

    This building, along the academic walk, will serve as a joint-use instruction and meeting space. A large outdoor gathering pavilion will link a covered walkway to adjacent buildings and support informal and formal gathering needs of the campus.

    Outdoor Gear Storage

    Consisting of two buildings, a larger facility will house seasonally appropriate gear and clothing for students. The smaller facility will serve as a seasonal equipment hut, preparing students for trail and off-trail exploration in Ponderosa Park.

    Educational Pavilions

    Smaller pavilions are designed to support informal instruction for 10-15 students, while one larger pavilion will accommodate the entire MOSS program under a roof.


    Educational Auditorium

    The 225-seats black-box style Auditorium will have raked auditorium-style seating. Seats can be collapsed to create a 6,000-square-foot, flat-floor, multi-use gathering space which will be supported by back-of-house dressing, storage and prep space. A glassy lobby, with views of Payette Lake, will support pre-function gatherings and receptions. Immediately adjacent, the Dining Hall provides further support services and overflow space.

  • Steering Committee and Planning Participants


    Kurt Pregitzer Dean, College of Natural Resources – Chair
    Corinne Mantle-Bromley Dean, College of Education
    Jack Morris Dean & Faculty Emeritus, College of Business & Economics
    Chris Murray Vice President, University Advancement
    Charlotte Eberlein Director, University Extension
    Lyle Nelson Development and Marketing, St. Luke’s Hospital, McCall
    Tom Reveley University of Idaho Foundation Board of Directors
    Laine Meyer University of Idaho Foundation Board of Directors
    Ray Pankopf Director, Architectural & Engineering Services
    Steven Hacker Director of Development, College of Natural Resources


    Katherine G. Aiken Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
    Jie Chen Dean, College of Graduate Studies
    Tom Gorman Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources
    Lee Vierling Executive Director, McCall Field Campus/MOSS
    Greg Fizzell Program Director, MOSS
    Karla Bradley Eitel Education Director, MOSS
    Joan Sullivan Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Advisory Board
    Richard Taplin Ponderosa State Park, IDP&R
    Jennifer Schon Program Coordinator, MOSS
    Jan Eitel Researcher-in-Residence, MOSS
    David Carey Business Owner, McCall
    Brant Miller Faculty, College of Education
    Delta James City Planner, City of McCall
    Michelle Groenevelt Community Development Director, City of McCall
    Ben Claskey IslandWood
    Dean Newcome IslandWood
    Brandon Connolly Mithun
    Jodi Walker Communications & Marketing, College of Natural Resources
    David Tank Faculty, College of Science
    Ed Krumpe Faculty, College of Natural Resources
    Randy Brooks Extension Forestry Specialist, College of Natural Resources
    Mike Fenello CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital, McCall
    Jackie Aymon-Turnipseed McCall City Council
    Dean Martens Retired, USFS
    Gary Thompson Leadership Coordinator, MOSS
    Sacha Jackson Campus Manager, MOSS
    Brian Brooks Kitchen Manager, MOSS
    Gene Drabinski City Manager, City of McCall
    Dan Krahn Business Owner, McCall
    Judd DeBoer Business Owner, McCall
    Lauren Smith College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
    Carmen DeLeon College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
    Kelly Martin College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
    Dawn Harfmann College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
    Christa Shier College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
    Claire Deters College of Natural Resources Graduate Student/MOSS
  • Peer Sites and Institutions
    mccall field campus peer site

    IslandWood | Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound, Washington

    STUDENT POPULATION: No permanent students. 4,000 4th, 5th and 6th grade students annually attend the School Overnight Program.
    DESCRIPTION: IslandWood is a 255-acre outdoor learning center located on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. The intention of this center is to provide learning experiences in a natural setting which will inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship.

    Although the primary focus is on education for students in grades K-12, IslandWood also offers programs and community events for adults, families and professionals. Visiting students are taught by residential graduate students who are participating in the Graduate Residency in Education, Environment and Community (EEC), a partnership with the University of Washington.

    mccall field campus peer site

    Teton Science Schools | Grand Teton National Park

    STUDENT POPULATION: PreK-12 Journeys school, Teacher Learning Center, Conservation Research Center and other programs totalling 12,636 annual participants.

    DESCRIPTION: Teton Science Schools has been teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967. The organization has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and its extension, place-based education. Seven innovative programs serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and around the world.

    mccall field campus peer site

    Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

    STUDENT POPULATION: 1,025 - 500 undergraduates and 525 graduate students
    DESCRIPTION: Located just 3 blocks away from Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada College is a liberal-arts college set in a rural 18 acre campus.

    Sierra Nevada College graduates will be educated to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. Sierra Nevada College combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.

For more information, or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Steven Hacker.

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