The Idaho State Division of Purchasing has issued a request for proposal on behalf of Idaho Fish and Game to begin the process of replacing Fish and Game’s aging headquarters building in East Boise. The current building has not met the agencies office space needs for over 20 years.
Fish and Game’s headquarters staff are currently housed in two different buildings – the main Fish and Game building at 600 S. Walnut St., which the agency owns, and leased office space in the Washington Group Building at 720 Park Blvd. That building is owned by St. Luke’s. Fish and Game’s lease in the Washington Group Building expires in June of 2022 and cannot be renewed. The rising cost of leased office space has resulted in new construction being the most responsible, long-term use of sportsmen’s dollars.
The tentative plan is to raze the existing 54-year-old headquarters building and replace it with a new building capable of housing all headquarters staff. Additionally, the new building would provide general public services such as license sales and provide space to support public meetings.
“Fish and Game is excited to begin the process of designing and building a new headquarters office that will provide Idaho sportsmen and women with superior service, public space and more efficient government,” said Deputy Director Scott Reinecker.
As the process proceeds, Fish and Game officials will be engaging neighbors, local government and the community at large.
“We cherish our home in east Boise and feel privileged to have been a contributor to its charm since 1965. We take very seriously our obligation to honor the history and character of the neighborhood,” said Reinecker. “The conversations we engage in over the coming year will be crucial to ensuring a new building’s integration into the area. We look forward to hearing from all stakeholders.”
A new building would not affect the current size or structure of the MK Nature Center, which Fish and Game owns and operates.