DescriptionThe Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County was full to capacity. There was a need for additional programs, additional services, and additional space. As is frequently the case with non-profit organizations, budget was a serious issue. Plus, the Club wanted to be a visible and contributing asset to their community, as well as an example for future generations. The dreams were big and the hopes were high.
The project included the extensive renovation of the existing Club facility, as well as a major addition to the south side for a multi-purpose gymnasium space. The job was a logistical challenge: it involved a Design Review process with the City of Red Lodge as well as a Development Application, in addition to construction happening while the Club was occupied and operational. The building features many high performance building strategies: reused/recycled materials, natural daylighting and ventilation, a 8.7 kW solar panel PV array, and rainwater collection for toilet flushing and landscaping. The renovated Club has a historically sympathetic exterior which contributes to the Red Lodge Revitalization Master Plan.
The building is a safe environment and an irresistible draw for kids, as well as being a proud, attractive asset to the community. The project has achieved LEED® certification at the Platinum level, making it the first in Red Lodge and first in Montana under the new v2009 rating system to achieve this highest level of green building certification. U.S. Green Building Council Montana Chapter presented High Plains Architects with a Sustainable Building Award for the Boys and Girls Club, the Commercial Building Honor Award in 2014. The Club is now operating with expanded programs and capacity and also serves as an educational tool for responsible development to visitors and members.