News briefs — 7.5.17


Moscow Food Co-op comes to campus

In fall 2016, the Moscow Food Co-op announced a location for a University of Idaho based co-op. The downtown natural and local grocery store has set plans to begin a satellite store within the UI Campus Christian Center, of which the co-op calls The Center.

According to a September news release, The Co-op on Campus will “expand UI students’, staff, and faculty’s ability to choose healthy, local, and sustainable food and create a “third place”— a welcoming, safe, on-campus gathering space for Co-op owners and community members.

After several months of planning, the Moscow Food Co-op released a statement in late June, explaining that even without a set opening date, the campus location is on track to begin construction soon and hopes to open to customers during the fall semester. In that time the co-op worked to establish a rezoning of The Campus Christian Center building from a residential space to a retail space.

According to the press release, the rezone passed both the Planning and Zoning Committee and Moscow City Council unanimously.

The campus location will offer a space of about 200 square feet and will include a coffee bar among other cold beverages, deli sandwiches and a selection of frozen items.

UI plans annual arboretum concert

“Summer Breezes and Sweet Sounds,” the annual outdoor concert featuring local musicians and composers, will bring music to the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden Monday, July 10.  It is sponsored by the Arboretum Associates and UI’s Lionel Hampton School of Music

The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the west side of the upper pond in the Arboretum on Nez Perce Drive, near the UI golf course.  Dan Bukvich, professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, is organizing a program highlighting various local musicians.

Among the soloists scheduled to perform are Sean Butterfield, trumpet; Vanessa Sielert, alto saxophone, and Navin Chettri, traditional Nepalese drumming and singing.  Ensembles scheduled to perform include a UI/Washington State University brass ensemble, the Arboretum Chamber Choir, the Arboretum Percussion Ensemble and Gefilte Trout, a Klezmer band.

Parking is available in the golf course lot as well as along Nez Perce Drive. Limited transportation from the street to the concert area will be available for anyone who has difficulty walking.  In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Please allow time to find a seat before the concert begins, organizers say.

Road and building construction updates

The North entrance of the UI Administration Building will be closed until mid August, as construction crews work to repair the steps and tile mosaic leading up to the doorway according to a news release. Those who need to enter the Administration Building can do so through the south and west entryways.

According to a UI news release, the city of Moscow will begin construction to realign the turn lane on Sixth Street and Jackson Street, beginning July 5. The road work will only impact eastbound travel on Sixth Street, and is scheduled to conclude Sept. 1.

While the construction will slightly impact vehicle, the eastbound bike lane will be unavailable, meaning cyclists must merge into the car lane.

Once completed, the realignment will leave more room for through traffic and will allow for a decorative walkway and pedestrian bench.

College of Education Building earns new certification

According to a June 19 news release, the University of Idaho’s recently renovated College of Education Building earned a LEED Gold level certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that certifies buildings based on sustainability in facets such as water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design. Out of the program’s four certification levels, Gold is the second highest level.

The two-part renovation to the building began in 2014 and cost about $17 million. UI’s Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) has also earned LEED Gold honors.

College of Law awards fund pro bono work

According to a news release, more than 15 students are getting the chance work for the public with the help of the college’s Summer Public Interest Fund Program. The program awarded about $37,000 to students working for nonprofits and legal organizations over the summer in Idaho, Washington, Utah, Alaska and Tennessee.

According to the news release, “these grants allow UI students to gain legal experience while helping underserved communities.”

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