Gowen Field Enlisted Transient Training Barracks

Boise, Idaho / 2020

Gowen Field Enlisted Transient Training Barracks

Military facilities are often described many ways but “environmentally conscientious” rarely jumps to the top of the list.  The Idaho National Guard had the lofty goal for this new barracks to achieve LEED Silver certification. This achievement would make it one of the small number of facilities in Idaho with that designation, among even fewer in the Armed Forces.  Design architecture firm, Myers Anderson, recruited Lombard Conrad to join their team as LEED consultants to help achieve this goal.

The Enlisted Transient Training Barracks (ETTB) serves as a temporary home base for Soldiers who come to the area for training.  The facility layout resembles a hotel with individual suits that are each outfitted with a kitchenette, beds, work area and bathroom for two soldiers.

The list of sustainable design features collected in this project was lengthy. Some of the unique features included a ground source heat well system, two electric vehicle charging spaces to encourage sustainable transit, low-flow fixtures to reduce water waste, and high efficiency lighting and mechanical equipment which saves 48.1 percent or an estimated $15,388 annually.

Though initially designed to meet the rigorous requirements to achieve LEED Silver, the Enlisted Transient Training Barracks exceeded that and was awarded LEED Gold, just 4 points shy of LEED Platinum.