From the press release: “Smart growth strategies help growing communities bring positive social, environmental and economic benefits to all residents, visitors and local businesses. For the past fourteen years Idaho Smart Growth has presented the Grow Smart Awards to recognize projects and plans from around the state that are excellent examples of smart growth ‘in action.’ Award nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury of experts for their application of smart growth principles.”
Idaho Smart Growth awarded a 2018 Grow Smart Award to the Alturas Academy project, an adaptive reuse project that built a school back in to the historic O.E. Bell Junior High School in Idaho Falls. Originally built in 1928, the large brick building saw several different occupant types through the years before becoming a school again in 2016. erstad ARCHITECTS also designed a past renovation of this building.
See the full list of recipients here: Grow Smart Award Recipients Announced!