Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center (Boise, Idaho)

Client: City of Boise, Idaho

case_study_boiseAs an employee of CH2M HILL, Linda Macpherson oversaw the design, construction, and installation of 3,600 square feet of exhibits that connect history, water treatment, and a sustainable future, to enhance visitor understanding of the connection between citizen water stewardship and wastewater treatment. Produced with CH2MHILL, the final Boise Watershed Environmental Education Center (BWEEC) includes exhibits that range from static graphic displays to interactive touch-screen kiosks that challenge and inform users on water use and conservation. The venue also includes a working turn-of-the-century farm pump that demonstrates how water use and technology have changed over the years – although the principles remain the same.

The centerpiece of the BWEEC is the Waterfall of Heroes, which combines art, exhibit, and technology and displays the names of donors in a cascading waterfall. Through the use of image capture technology, visitors to the BWEEC can temporarily insert their names as well.

“This is many times better than I ever imagined. It is really just wonderful, so interactive and interesting.”
—David Bieter, Mayor of Boise

NWR members who worked on this project: Linda Macpherson, Tack Roberts, Jim Swenson

Learn more about the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center here.

(Information provided courtesy of Donna-Marie Hayes/Boise Watershed Exhibits)