Located in Bozeman, MT, USA
On an infill lot in Northeast Bozeman adjacent to Beall Park, the conventional quality over quantity paradigm has been put to the test. The property, which once contained one sub-standard and deteriorating house, is now prepared for two separate homes, including the Parkside Infill. While the lot has not yet been subdivided, the design was conceived with the possibility of increasing the development density and creating a more sustainable and responsible use of the land – a possibility that hinges on evolving progressive code changes.
Located on Montana State University Campus, Bozeman, MT, USA
The Architecture Team collaborated with Montana State University on the design and completion of Yellowstone Hall, a 400 bed freshman residence hall that opened in the summer of 2016. The three wing, four story building houses freshman students in ten 40- bed “communities” on the west side of campus near Roskie Hall and the Hedges Complex. The location and siting of the building creates a “backyard” for all residents living on campus. Outdoor living space includes a climbing rock, outdoor seating and study space, and a large turf area for resident use. The building and site amenities connect campus to the intramural fields, which sits to the west, across 15th Avenue.
The new residence hall was designed to provide students with a number of different public and private living areas throughout the building. Both active and quiet lounges are located in each community, while each floor also shares a large living room at the core of the three wing configuration. Yellowstone Hall’s living room is a vibrant lively space for residents to meet before class or engage in a game of pool and provides home-like amenities to make students feel like they are not far from home. The space opens to a large patio area and is both visually and physically connected to Yellowstone’s backyard on Mandeville Creek. Student input was of the utmost importance for MSU. To engage them throughout the design process, a student-led committee was assembled that included RDs, RAs, and students from various grade levels. This solicited a wide variety of feedback about what was desired in a new residence hall, from the end users themselves.
Located in Missoula, Montana, USA
These modern townhomes are located on a unique infill site in Missoula’s mixed-use Northside Neighborhood. The project takes scale cues from the community brewery and other railroad era structures down the street. By increasing the site density in a sensitive and appealing way, the project promotes urban sustainability principles of walkability, public transportation access, and reduced infrastructure and sprawl. The site is in close proximity to many local business and bus stops. Additionally, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the railroad tracks to downtown is across the street.
Prior to construction, the site was cleaned up and remediated to remove hazardous materials and debris from a previous structure fire. Now, native, low-water plantings and decomposed granite reduce water use as well as site runoff. Best of all, the occupants have a low maintenance, beautiful landscaping to enjoy.
Every space was carefully considered in order to give the occupants a home that feels much bigger than its small square footage suggests. The living spaces are set a floor above garage, utility, and entry space. This configuration allows for large windows as well as privacy from the street through a change in elevation. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection to the outdoors and plenty of natural daylight. Shading devices were placed on southern windows to reduce overheating in summer while providing solar gain during the winter months. Locally reclaimed wood floors from the recently deconstructed Salvation Army building provide a warm, homey character and contrast with the clean lines of the design.
Roof decks increase the outdoor space and provide outstanding views of the nearby mountains and downtown. The top two floors are larger than the bottom level, providing covered outdoor space at ground level on both the front and rear of the buildings. Double door garages serve dual functions as vehicle storage and additional outdoor living space.
The true measure of success for this project is that each townhome sold before construction was completed at a comparatively high price per square foot. This project demonstrates that sustainable infill site strategies and smaller residences
Located near Lander, Wyoming, USA
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.
Laramie Country Community College Flexible Technology Building
Located at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
The greater Cheyenne, Wyoming area is experiencing rapid growth in a number of industries that require specialized training. Laramie County Community College is uniquely positioned to provide education in these areas of oil, gas, energy related fields, small and large engine repair, manufacturing, and construction related fields like HVAC. The State of Wyoming and LCCC is keeping pace with the growth in these industries with a new versatile facility, the Flexible Technology Building, to accommodate shifting programs over time as the market dictates.
ST Engineering 2.0
Located in Berkeley, California, USA
ST Engineering 2.0 is a small base-isolated building on an infill lot in Berkeley, California, and is located one mile away from the Hayward Fault. Our client, who is also our structural engineer, occupies the top two floors of the adjacent three-story corner building to the north, which we designed for him in 1994. Having outgrown their original building, which we call ST Engineering 1.0, they approached us to design a new building for them on the infill lot next door. Feeling the original building was well suited to their needs, they were keen for the two buildings to share the same architecture DNA, and to function as a whole. Whereas the goal with ST Engineering 1.0 had been to foreground sustainability through first principles such as sunshades, day lighting, and natural ventilation, the goal with ST 2.0 was to focus on sustainability through structural resilience.