CWI Selects Developer for Boise Facility

Published: April 6, 2023

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is pleased to announce the selection of Ball Ventures Ahlquist to develop a mixed-use campus enhancing the opportunity to deliver high-quality, affordable education to the more than 30,000 students CWI serves.

The new project, located on property CWI owns at Whitewater Park Boulevard and Main Street, will have state-of-the-art technology and modern classroom space to create an environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and hands-on learning opportunities. Additionally, the new campus will allow CWI to consolidate leased facilities in Ada County and centralize resources for students and the community.

“This partnership is an incredible opportunity for CWI to develop and strengthen resources that will empower students in Ada County with affordable, high-quality education leading to employment,” said CWI President Gordon Jones.

The new Boise facility will focus on Business, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and other programs serving the employer community, while maintaining and expanding our primary Nampa Campus.

Following an extensive RFP process, CWI’s Evaluation Committee selected the team of Ball Ventures Ahlquist, ESI Construction, and Hummel Architecture, all Idaho companies, to work with on the project.

CWI’s Board Chair Molly Lenty said, “The development of our Boise property is one of several projects we are working on to better serve students throughout the Treasure Valley. We are thrilled to be moving forward in the college’s in-depth strategic campus visioning plan that included more than two years of public engagement and extensive internal planning with expansions in both Ada and Canyon County.”

CWI acquired this property in 2015 to provide a long-term presence in Ada County owned by the college. In 2022, following Board approval of a campus visioning plan, the RFP process began, which led to the selection of Ball Ventures Ahlquist in April 2023. CWI and Ball Ventures Ahlquist will now begin negotiating a development partnership, which CWI’s Board of Trustees will be asked to approve, prior to beginning the design, permitting, and public engagement processes.

The projected opening date for this building is Fall 2026.

For the most up-to-date information on development projects, visit CWI's Campus Development page.

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