DescriptionHigh Plains Architects, in association with LMN Architects of Seattle, WA and library planner, Drew Harrington, completed a planning study to guide the development of a joint-use library. The library building, to be located on the campus of Montana State University-Billings College of Technology (COT), would provide a branch library for the west end of Billings and an academic library for the College of Technology.
The massing of the design concept simultaneously enhances campus place-making goals for the COT and creates a welcoming beacon for the public to the city's branch library. A detailed programming process guided the development of the 42,000+ SF design concept to ensure that it provided high quality spaces catering to a wide variety of different user groups. Particular attention was paid to providing daylight for all regularly-used spaces in the building, both for the energy efficiency and the considerable human productivity benefits.
Other green measures include building massing optimized for solar geometry, a super-insulated building envelope, advanced natural ventilation strategies, a ground source heat pump coupled to a radiant heating and cooling floor, rainwater collection for potable and irrigation uses, and photovoltaic panels. The concept was designed to achieve LEED® Platinum certification.