Red Lodge, Montana


True Value Hardware (Ken Awes)


15,000 square feet



Project Highlights

Energy StarĀ®; "Best Hardware Store"


When the True Value Hardware store in Red Lodge decided they needed to expand into a new and larger facility in downtown, they faced a fixed budget and a limited time frame in which to get the job done. The design was under pressure.  Red Lodge's harsh winters put snow load requirements at the high end of the scale for any type of construction. The design faced strict scrutiny from the Red Lodge Planning Review Board and the community in general, as it was to become the largest new commercial structure built in downtown Red Lodge in over 80 years.


Founded in 1987 in a 4,000 SF rented location, owners Ken and Debbie Awes run their business based on the philosophy of treating customers like guests in a home. After expanding to 15,000 SF, the new building enabled them to broaden their customer base and expand its lawn and garden department with a green house, added Benjamin Moore paints, major appliances, Just Ask Rental, a large sporting goods department and toys.


With all this in mind, the owners of True Value selected High Plains Architects with a strong belief that we could meet all their design requirements and exceed the community's expectations.  In collaboration with our structural engineer, we found the solution to the project: an insulated shallow foundation system, and a structural steel frame with structural insulated panels around the perimeter.  Not only did this allow for rapid construction to meet their time limit but provided a highly energy and resource efficient building skeleton which could easily withstand Red Lodges high snow loads.

In early 2012, the Red Lodge True Value was honored among 14 other stores nationally as a winner of the annual "Best Hardware Store in Town" award.
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