In 2004, erstad ARCHITECTS completed the Veltex, sited at the former location of the storied Veltex Service Station. The location of this mixed-use building, at the corner of 5th and Main Street in Boise’s downtown Historic District, provided an exciting opportunity to design for a diverse group of people with varied needs. The below-grade parking, retail storefronts, offices, and residences contained in the Veltex supplement and enrich the existing neighborhood. The building relies on a blend of modern elements and historic references to integrate seamlessly into its site. In 2004, the Idaho Historic Preservation Council presented the Veltex with an Orchid Award for “Preservation-Sensitive New Construction”, and later, in 2006, the Veltex was the recipient of the “Commercial Development Award” from Idaho Smart Growth.