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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 102 – Capitol Annex, remodel authorized


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SCR102.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
ADA COUNTY COURTHOUSE - REMODEL - States legislative findings and
authorizes the Department of Administration to enter into agreements with
the Idaho State Building Authority to finance the remodel and construction
of an addition to the former Ada County Courthouse, at 514 W. Jefferson,
including construction of an access tunnel, expresses legislative intent,
and constitutes authorization required by Section 67-6410, Idaho Code.
01/20    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/21    Rpt prt - to St Aff
01/27    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
01/31    10th Ord - FAILED - 16-18-1
      AYES -- Broadsword, Burkett, Burtenshaw, Coiner, Compton, Darrington,
      Davis, Geddes, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Malepeai,
      Stennett, Werk
      NAYS -- Andreason, Brandt, Bunderson, Cameron, Corder, Gannon,
      Goedde, Hill, Lodge, McGee, McKenzie, Noble, Pearce, Richardson,
      Schroeder, Stegner, Sweet, Williams(Williams)
      Absent and excused -- Marley
    Floor Sponsor - President Pro Tempore Geddes
    Filed in Office of the Secretary of Senate

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  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 102
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  8    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  9        WHEREAS, the state of Idaho acquired the real  property  and  improvements
 10    (the  former  Ada  County  Courthouse  building)  located at 514 W. Jefferson,
 11    Boise, Idaho, on December 21, 1999;
 12        WHEREAS, since construction began on the Idaho Capitol Building  in  1905,
 13    the  population  of the state of Idaho has grown by almost 500%, from approxi-
 14    mately 240,000 to approximately 1.4 million people, and the space needs of the
 15    state elected officials, the legislature and the judiciary have  outgrown  the
 16    Capitol Building;
 17        WHEREAS, the Capitol Building is not configured to provide adequate legis-
 18    lative  hearing  rooms, and that members of the public frequently are not able
 19    to obtain physical access to standing committee and  other  legislative  meet-
 20    ings,  and  that  the  property at 514 W. Jefferson can be utilized to address
 21    such space needs;
 22        WHEREAS, current legislative hearing rooms in the Capitol  Building  often
 23    do  not  allow  for public access in accordance with fire, safety and security
 24    standards, and that the property at  514  W.  Jefferson  can  be  utilized  to
 25    address such fire, safety and security needs;
 26        WHEREAS,  a  remodeled  building and addition at 514 W. Jefferson could be
 27    used to address the space needs of the legislature, the judiciary,  and  state
 28    agencies,  and could provide adequate hearing rooms for use by the legislature
 29    and accommodate participation in the legislative process by Idaho's citizens;
 30        WHEREAS, a remodeled building and addition at 514 W. Jefferson could serve
 31    as a cost-effective and convenient temporary location to  house  occupants  of
 32    the Capitol Building during a Capitol restoration;
 33        WHEREAS,  the  Idaho  State  Building  Authority  is authorized by Section
 34    67-6409, Idaho Code, to provide for the construction, reconstruction, improve-
 35    ment, alteration or repair of state facilities subject to  prior  approval  by
 36    the  legislature  by  concurrent resolution pursuant to Section 67-6410, Idaho
 37    Code;
 38        WHEREAS, the Department of Administration is charged with  the  management
 39    of  multiagency  office  space  constructed  through  the Idaho State Building
 40    Authority, and is directed to operate any property acquired  for  the  Capitol
 41    Mall.
 42        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 43    of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa-
 44    tives  concurring therein, that the legislature hereby authorizes and provides
  1    approval  for  the  Department of Administration to enter into an agreement or
  2    agreements with the Idaho State Building Authority, under such terms and  con-
  3    ditions  as  may  be  reasonable and necessary, to provide for the remodel and
  4    construction of an addition to the former Ada County Courthouse  building,  at
  5    514  W.  Jefferson,  including  the construction of an access tunnel under 6th
  6    Street connecting the remodeled building and addition to the Capitol Building.
  7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is legislative  intent  in  providing  this
  8    authorization and approval that:
  9        (1)  The  new addition and remodeled building will be known as the Capitol
 10    Annex; and
 11        (2)  The legislature shall determine the use and allocation  of  space  on
 12    the first and second floors of the Capitol Annex; and
 13        (3)  The  design and configuration of such interior space on the first and
 14    second floors of the remodeled Capitol Annex building shall  be  developed  in
 15    cooperation  with, and subject to the approval of the President Pro Tempore of
 16    the  Senate  and  the  Speaker  of  the  House  of  Representatives  or  their
 17    designee(s); and
 18        (4)  The design of the remodeled Capitol Annex building  shall  include  a
 19    minimum  of  four  large multipurpose hearing rooms on the first floor, easily
 20    accessible to the public and suitable to be used as legislative hearing rooms;
 21    and
 22        (5)  All reasonable and practicable steps be taken to ensure that the con-
 23    struction and occupancy of the remodeled Capitol Annex building  be  scheduled
 24    and  coordinated  with  the  restoration  of Idaho's Capitol Building so as to
 25    allow occupants of the Capitol Building to be relocated into the Capitol Annex
 26    during the Capitol restoration.
 27        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that  this  resolution  constitutes  authorization
 28    required by the provisions of Section 67-6410, Idaho Code.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                      STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                           RS 14634C1

This concurrent resolution provides authorization to the
Department of Administration to enter into agreements, as may be
necessary, with the Idaho State Building Authority to finance the
remodel and construction of an addition to the  building at 514
W. Jefferson, Boise, Idaho (the site of the old Ada County
Courthouse), to be known as the Capitol Annex, including
construction of an access tunnel under 6th Street connecting the
Capitol Annex to the Capitol Building.  The remodeled/expanded
building would be used to house legislative committee hearing
rooms and offices, as well as other executive and judicial branch

The purchase of the property at 514 W. Jefferson in 1999
recognized that the property was in the center of the Capitol
Mall and would be, adjacent to the Capitol Building, a central
focal point for visitors to Idaho's seat of government.  It was
also recognized that a remodeled Capitol Annex could serve as
temporary housing for Capitol Building occupants during the
period when they would be displaced by the two-year Capitol
restoration, thus saving costs and easing the dislocation. 

In addition to temporarily housing Capitol occupants, a
remodeled/expanded building adjacent to the Statehouse would
provide badly needed committee hearing rooms for the Idaho
Legislature.  The Legislature has done a highly commendable job
of increasing public access to the legislative process, but the
physical limitations of Capitol Building hearing rooms have
inhibited public participation.  Committee rooms frequently are
over crowded, with standing room only.  Citizens, media
representatives, and anyone wanting to know what is happening,
often spill out into halls, unable to hear or observe
proceedings, and security and safety standards must be

A remodeled/expanded annex adjacent to the Statehouse and
connected by a tunnel under 6th Street, would provide modern,
state-of-the-art, fully accessible legislative hearing rooms in a
safe and secure environment.  This would eliminate the
overcrowding that currently exists, and would result in a better
opportunity for citizens to participate in the legislative
process.  A remodeled/expanded annex` would provide temporary
housing for state government officers and agencies during the
Capitol restoration.  Following the restoration, this change also
would provide additional state agency office space, and would
create needed large meeting rooms for other state officers and
agencies when the Legislature is not in session.

                          FISCAL NOTE

This concurrent resolution would have the following fiscal impact
on the state general fund:

Construction Costs:

Preliminary estimated project construction costs by the Division
of Public works for a remodeled/expanded Capitol Annex, including
a connecting tunnel to the Capitol Building, are approximately
$20.59 million.  The Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council has
recommended that $5 million of dedicated funds from FY 2006 PBF
revenues be devoted to the Capitol Annex project. As an example,
based on a 4.5% interest rate, the remaining $15.59 million
project cost would require annual rent payments of approximately
$1.2 million to retire the bonds over 20 years.  The first rent
payments would commence after construction is complete in the
fall of 2007, at the earliest. The state's overall bond payment
obligations would not be significantly increased, since a $1.2
million payment would be more than offset when the final bond
payment for the Maximum-Medium Security Correctional Facility is
paid in FY 2010, leaving only a four-year period when payments
would require an increase in state appropriations or use of
revenues from dedicated funds.  These cost estimates and interest
rate examples are not intended to limit legislative approval or
intent in the concurrent resolution.

Capitol Restoration Cost Savings:

By coordinating construction of a remodeled/expanded Capitol
Annex with restoration of Idaho's Capitol Building, the Capitol
Annex would be available to house Statehouse occupants during the
restoration, saving almost $5 million in rental and relocation
costs, and reducing moving costs, as well as offering needed
space for state agencies now housed in private rental facilities,
after the Capitol restoration is completed.

Costs of Delay:

Since a legislative task force recommended in 2001 that the state
proceed with a remodeled/expanded Capitol Annex as part of an
overall Capitol Mall plan and Capitol restoration timetable, the
Department of Administration estimates that the cost of
remodeling/expanding the property at 514 W. Jefferson has risen
from $16.6 million to $20.59 million.  In one sense then, the
cost of doing nothing has been at least $4 million.

Contact:  Carl Bianchi
          Director of Legislative Services