Raising the Bar

At High Plains Architects, we aim to create projects that not only make our clients happy but that set an example of how we can always do better. We consistently 'raise the bar' by striving to design buildings that meet the highest standards of historic preservation, sustainability and livability. A number of High Plains Architects projects have received third party verification for successfully meeting historic rehabilitation, energy efficiency, and/or comprehensive green building standards.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED® is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. 


High Plains'

LEED Platinum Projects

Urban Frontier House
(LEED for Homes v2009)
NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine
(LEED-NC v2009, 2013)
Tracy Lofts
(LEED for Homes v2008, 2013)
Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County
(LEED-NC v2009, 2013)
Swift Building Lofts
(LEED for Homes, 2009)
Klos Building
(LEED-NC v2.2, 2009)
Home on the Range
(LEED-NC v2.1, 2007)

Energy Star

These High Plains projects have all been certified by Energy Star's commercial building certification program.

According to the Energy Star® website, these are "facilities that measurably cost less to operate and improve the quality of our environment. These are not demonstration facilities, but rather real world buildings and plants resulting from prudent energy management strategies and proven technologies." 
      Good Earth Market (2010)
Home on the Range (2007)
Little Horn State Bank (2006)
True Value Hardware (2002)

Certified Historic Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits

These High Plains projects have received tax credits. Our trusted colleagues at Wishneff and Associates explain tax credits:

"The purpose of Historic Tax Credit (HTC) programs is to promote preservation and economic development by making adaptive reuse financially feasible. HTC programs exist at both the federal and state levels.

The amount of historic tax credits a project receives is calculated based on the qualified rehabilitation expense incurred by the project.

Some state HTC programs provide for certificated credits, which essentially allow credits to be bought and sold. Other states require partnerships similar to the federal credit, though these can usually be dissolved around 3 years after construction is completed."
       Arvon Block (2016)
 Borden Hotel (2013)
 Tracy Lofts (2012)
 Swift Building Lofts (2009)
 Klos Building (2009)
 SoPO Building (2004)
 Old Maverick Fire Station (2004)
 Oliver Building (2007)
 L&L Building (2006)
 One South Broadway (2001)

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is an official list of cultural icons or destinations that have been identified as worthy of saving.

Under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the register is part of a national program that aims to aid public and private efforts to protect our historic resources.

These High Plains projects have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
       Tracy Lofts (contributing building)
 Garfield Building (2012)
 Swift Building Lofts (2010)
 SoPO Building (2007)
 Old Maverick Fire Station (2004)
 Oliver Building (2008)
 L&L Building (2008)
 One South Broadway (2004)
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