2016 Excellence in Design Awards

Grain Bin Residence


Collaborative Design Architects

Located in Vaughn, MT, USA

Project Description:

The Grain Bin Residence sits among rolling hills on a large parcel in north central Montana. Commissioned as an alteration to an existing grain bin, the structure was placed on the site several years prior by an owner hoping to one day make it home. The architect’s task was to create a living space within the grain bin. The living space totals 900 sf, with an unconditioned 900 sf open art studio below.


Cowell Ranch Hay Barn


Fernau & Hartman Architects, Inc

Located in Santa Cruz, California, USA

Project Description:

The project is a rehabilitation of an 1860s hay barn at the entry to the University of California, Santa Cruz for use as the headquarters of the Center for Agroecology and for public events and programs, such as Community Supported Agriculture. The reconstruction, which was required to meet current codes and aggressive sustainability goals, entailed exhaustive documentation, piece-by-piece deconstruction, painstaking reassembly of the historic structure by weaving together new and old elements, and the incorporation of contemporary program. As home to one of the university’s most progressive programs, the Hay Barn is both an emblem of the campus’ origins and a reassertion of its commitment to innovation.


Jabs Hall, Montana State University


Comma-Q Architecture

Located on Montana State University Campus, Bozeman, Montana, USA

Project Description:

Jabs Hall at Montana State University provides 50,830 square feet of state-of-the-art teaching facilities, formal and informal meeting areas for MSU’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. It is a campus destination encouraging interaction between students and faculty of all disciplines.

National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Medicine Educational Facility


High Plains Architects

Located near Lander, Wyoming, USA

Project Description:

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) Educational Facility near Lander, Wyoming is intentionally sited in a remote location for programmatic reasons fundamental to its mission. The Facility’s site is poised on a dramatic grade change, banked by sage and native grasses, and surrounded by red sandstone cliffs. The Educational Facility is an eleven thousand square foot multipurpose building at the heart of the NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, designed and built concurrently with five student housing cabins and a caretaker residence. The campus received individual LEED Platinum certifications for the Educational Facility and student housing cabins and a LEED Gold certification for the caretaker residence.

NorthWestern Energy Montana Office


Mosaic Architecture

Located in Butte, Montana, USA

Project Description:

The legacy of NorthWestern Energy’s continuation as Montana’s predominate energy company, along with its bond and history with the community of Butte, are not taken lightly as the company takes steps to define its presence for the next 100 years. From Montana Power’s beginnings in 1912 in uptown Butte, the power company has been a key partner in community for a century. The new 98,000 square foot facility will not only house 240+ employees in Uptown Butte, it is also designed to change the culture of the working environment, attract new employees to Butte, and stand as a testament to the commitment of NWEnergy to the community of Butte.

Salvation Army


CTA Architects Engineers

Located in Missoula, Montana, USA

Project Description:

The Salvation Army of Missoula had been operating in downtown Missoula since 1894, and in October of 2015, the organization held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 11,500-square-foot Corps Community Center at 355 South Russell Street, the culmination of

years of planning and effort among many in the Missoula community.

Tight deadlines, budget-consciousness, and sensitive zoning requirements were all concerns, but quality design was never compromised in the architecture, which included a worship space, a fellowship hall, a commercial kitchen, classrooms, offices, and a social services wing consisting of social work offices, laundry, and shower amenities for the local transient population. Phase two of the program, still awaiting funding, will include a gym with locker rooms, concessions, additional office space, and a game room.

The philosophy of the siting was to ensure that the project provided “open arms” to guests who arrive by car, bike, or on foot, suggesting two main entries would be appropriate, equally facing both the parking lot and the pedestrian-accessed streetfront. The result was a simple, glassy, open reception lobby that joins the two entries while focusing its view upon the distant and picturesque Rattlesnake Canyon area.

The $2.5 million project, which achieves humble, understated warmth, public access, northwestern material character, and security, was built upon the imagery of two hands coming together and reaching out – to help those in need, to worship, and to open themselves up to the needs of the community.

Tippet Rise Schoolhouse


CTA Architects Engineers

Located in Fishtail, Montana, USA

Project Description:

The Quiet Muse:

It was a random phone call with an odd request.

“We’d like you to design a building to be used as a back drop for a famous sculptor’s on-site commission for a new art center we are

developing in Fishtail, Montana. And we’d like it to feel like an authentic schoolhouse that has been there for 100 years.”

Um, ok.

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