What's the Buzz

The work of High Plains Architects has been generously and consistently reported in the local and regional press, in newspapers, magazines, periodicals, books, and online, as well as broadcast on various new outlets & TV shows.

Billings Gazette

May 1, 2014

"From the Editor: Soon these Billings businesses may shine in the national spotlight," Billings Business of the Billings Gazette.

April 8, 2014

"High Plains Architects owners win SBA award," Billings Gazette.

February 16, 2014

"Hafer chosen for AIA College of Fellows," Billings Gazette.

December 3, 2013

"Lander NOLS campus achieves highest 'green' rating," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

November 23, 2013

"Tracy Lofts also a Platinum project," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

November 23, 2013

"Red Lodge Boys & Girls Club earns LEED Platinum rating," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

June 11, 2013

"Miles City sets workshop on preservation tax credits," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

October 1, 2012

"Economic Development: New EBURD Zoning Code Aims to Spur Infill Development," Billings Business (of the Billings Gazette), Tom Howard.

August 29, 2012

"Newest Downtown Loft Apartments Nearly Ready," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

July 1, 2012

"Plan to Aid in Development of Exposition Gateway," Billings Business (of the Billings Gazette), Tom Howard.

March 2, 2012

"Alleyscapes and Pocket Parks," Destination Downtown (Billings Gazette magazine), Dina Brophy.

January 29, 2012

"Touching up the Tracy," Billings Gazette, Jan Falstad.

November 2, 2011
"Crow Store: Brothers Expand Business in Crow Agency," Billings Gazette, Susan Olp.
May 9, 2011

"Council should support new life for old school," Billings Gazette.

March, 2011

"Lawmakers moving to discourage efficiency, energy conservation," Billings Gazette (Guest Opinion), Jim Baerg, Len Ford, Freda Wilkinson, and Randy Hafer.

March, 2011

"Clean energy key to reviving economy," Billings Gazette (Guest Opinion), Randy Hafer.

April 20, 2011

"Businesses talk air, water with Tester," Billings Gazette, Tom Lutey.

December 12, 2010
"Fat Jack's, Rowdy's ready to whet whistles," Billings Gazette, Jan Falstad.
November 20, 2010

"Clean Air Act must protect Big Sky country," Billings Gazette (Guest Opinion), Randy Hafer, Mike Tuss, and Carolyn Villa.

October 22, 2010

"Pedestrian bridge over railroad gets OK," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

October 11, 2010

"More of Billings, Laurel officially historic," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

September 24, 2010

"Second annual Downtown Living Crawl set for Oct. 1," Billings Gazette.

September 28, 2010

"Swift Building Owners Honored for Restoration Efforts," Billings Gazette.

June 23, 2010

"Billings invited to boost clean energy," Billings Gazette, Clair Johnson.

March 15, 2010

"Report stresses efficiency in energy bill," Billings Gazette, Linda Halstead-Acharya.

February 8, 2010

"U.S. needs to build clean-energy economy for security, prosperity," Billings Gazette (Guest Opinion), Henry Dykema and Randy Hafer.

December 10, 2009

"Library board pulls Gainan’s plan, looks at others," Billings Gazette, Matt Hagengruber.

September 17, 2009

"Downtown-area businesses, residents hail new quiet zone," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

August 18, 2009

"In old commercial district, they’re dreaming of history," Billings Gazette, Mary Pickett.

July 9, 2009

"City should soon have 3 buildings with highest LEED rating," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

May 12, 2009

"Residential historic area proposed," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

February 20, 2009
"Planners lay out mix of options for urban district," Billings Gazette, Tom Howard.
October 18, 2008

"Developer’s hybrid home puts alt energy to test," Billings Gazette, Lorna Thackeray.

March 29, 2008

"Historical building being remodeled for energy efficiency," Billings Gazette, Angie Buckley.

January 19, 2008

"New life in 'Old' Town," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

January 19, 2008

"From downtown tenants to downtown landlords," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

August 31, 2007

"Green building owners aim to inspire others," Billings Gazette, Mike Stark.

June 2, 2007

"Upscale condominium development moves forward," Billings Gazette, Olivia Koernig.

May 2, 2007

"Gazette Opinion: New ideas abound at ABT's 20th," Billings Gazette.

January 27, 2007

 "City Settlers," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

January 27, 2007

"Couple finds comfort downtown," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

October 23, 2006

"NPRC ushers in ‘green’ home," Billings Gazette, Clair Johnson.

May, 2006

"Green Building," Billings Gazette, Mike Stark.

February 7, 2006

"South Side Subway, " Billings Gazette.

January 7, 2006

"Good Earth Market aims for February 19 opening," Billings Gazette, Dana Pulis.

November, 2005

"Loft living: Experience the heart of Billings," Billings Gazette, Emily McCluhan.

November, 2005

"South Side renovation puts focus on energy conservation," Billings Gazette, Dave Burgess.

August 8, 2005

"Downtown building gets old update," Billings Gazette, Brad Fjeldheim.

April 2, 2005

"Loft apartments top renovation," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

April 2, 2005

"Making progress: Upscale housing going up in downtown Billings," Billings Gazette, Dana Moss Pulis.

March 18, 2005

"Tax credits help spur downtown projects," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

February 2, 2005

"Arcade proposals back on track," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

October 23, 2004

"Out of the flames: Old Maverick Fire Station born again as business center," Billings Gazette, Jan Falstad.

August, 2004

"Local businessmen help brighten downtown Skyline," Billings Gazette, Cynthia L. Sparr.

July 6, 2004

"Townhouses to overlook downtown," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

March, 2004

"Opportunities in downtown Billings," Billings Gazette.

September, 2003

"Habitat house to be moved," Billings Gazette.

May 17, 2003

"Environmental, Outdoors center planned for Montana Avenue," Billings Gazette, Jan Falstad.

April 4, 2003

"Downtown Billings landmark gets rebirth," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

March, 2003

"Arcade has future to go with its past," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

March 19, 2003

"'SoPo' apartments ready in July," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

December 12, 2002

"Fire house was built with style," Billings Gazette, Jaci Webb.

December 9, 2002

"Council votes to sell fire station," Billings Gazette, Jaci Webb.

December 8, 2002

"City looks to sell old fire station," Billings Gazette.

October 1, 2002

"Downtown housing gets boost," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

June 11, 2002

"More loft living to be built for renters eyeing downtown," Billings Gazette, Jan Falstad.

June, 2002

"New program offers financial incentives to builders," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

January 11, 2002

"Credit should be spread wide since ball began rolling in ’94," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

November 22, 2001

"Downtown getting facelift," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

November 8, 2001

"Bridge-moving fund gets $15,000," Billings Gazette.

September, 2001

"Crossing the tracks," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

August, 2001

"Lofty Ideas," Billings Gazette, Cynthia Sparr.

April 30, 2001

"Old, building turned into prime real estate," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

October 8, 2000

"Conference organizers hope to tap into vision for Billings’ future," Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick.

March, 2000

"American dream about to happen for some residents," Billings Gazette, Cynthia L. Sparr.

Great Falls Tribune

Sept 6, 2013

"Facelifts planned for downtown buildings," Great Falls Tribune, Jake Sorich.

May 30, 2013

"Our opinion: Federal historic tax credits help Montana," Great Falls Tribune.

October 25, 2012

"Workshop to address downtown development," Great Falls Tribune, Richard Ecke.

October 18, 2012

"Downtown technical assistance program a big hit," Great Falls Tribune.

October 12, 2012

"Irish pub set to open downtown," Great Falls Tribune, Jo Dee Black.

September 26, 2012

"Our Opinion: Celebrate City's Downtown Developments," Great Falls Tribune.

September 25, 2012

"Architect Agrees to buy Downtown Rocky Mountain Building," Great Falls Tribune, Richard Eche.

October 28, 2011
"Feasibility study finds valuable use for two buildings," Great Falls Tribune, Erin Madison. 

Lewistown News-Argus

May, 2006

"Lewistown Historic Resources Commission to present awards," Lewistown News-Argus, Oron Jacobs (Publisher).

August, 2005

"A trip to the Magic City & a walk down the yellow brick road," Lewistown News-Argus, Jim Dullenty.

August, 2005

"Historic towns in Montana provide lessons for Lewistown," Lewistown News-Argus, Jim Dullenty.

The Billings Outpost

September, 2009

"One man’s trash…." The Billings Outpost, T. J. Gilles.

October, 2009

"At age 10, Good Earth Market considers move," The Billings Outpost, Wilbur Wood.

Carbon County

April, 2002
"True Value construction is underway," Carbon County News.
April, 2002
"New Laundromat under construction," Carbon County News.
November, 2001
"True Value land appraisal accepted," Carbon County News.

Casper Star-Tribune

December 8, 2013
"Lander NOLS building wins "green" certification," Casper Star-Tribune.

Fremont County Daily Ranger 

December 13, 2013
"NOLS Facility earns LEED Platinum certification," Fremont County Daily Ranger.

Eco-Structure Magazine

"Greenscene:2008 Innovative Green Projects." July/August 2008.

Mountain Living

Mountain Living Top Mountain Architects and Interior Designers: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
"The Best Private Spaces: Swift Lofts," The Best of Mountain Living, September/October 2010.
Sullivan, Elisabeth A. "Stylish and Sustainable," March/April 2010: 74-81.

Magic Magazine 

Green, Julie. "Lofty Living," October 2013: 22-25.
Bryan, Virginia. "Home on the Range turns Green to Platinum," March 2008: 58-61.
Carter, Dan. "The Change Makers." September 2007: 32-38.

Yellowstone Valley Women

Scozzari, Trish. "Devoted to Hospitality," January 2014.
Erbe Scozzari, Trish. "Urban Chic: Old Town Historic Neighborhood = Eco-Friendly," August/September 2009: 80-90.
Toohill, Kelli. "Build Smart, Build Green," March/April 2008: 56-59.
Koerber, Julie. "Taking Its Cue From Nature," March/April 2008: 62-63.
Koerber, Julie. "Urban Revival," March/April 2007: 56-61.
Koerber, Julie. "Smart Design: Elegant home with an eye on efficiency," September/October 2006: 39-47.

Montana Magazine

Bradley, Carol. "Randy Hafer: Saving Montana Cities," November/December 2013: 52-55.
Bryan, Virginia. "Urban Renewal," March/April 2008: 17-19.

Green Building and Design

Heskes, Scott. "Transforming a Tumbledown Tavern," Jan/February/March 2012.

the best of Great Falls

Robison, Ken. "The New Pantages: An Opportunity Now," Fall 2013.

The New West Winter

Martin, Richard. "The LEED Shade of Green: What Makes a Building ‘Sustainable?’ Good Question," Winter 2008: 17-18.

Pew Clean Energy Business Network

Lubetsky, Jessica Frohman. "Montana Businesses Know that Economic and Job Growth Starts with Policy."

Big Sky Business Journal

"Making Sustainable Attainable: SBA's 2014 Small Business Person (10 or fewer employees) of the Year," June 10, 2014.
"SBA 2014 Winners Named," April 21, 2014.
Pyburn, Evelyn. "Gateway to Billings Approved," June 12, 2013.
"Renovation Project Gets Aware," April 2006.

Western Business

"Historic preservation board honors two," August 2006.
"Good Earth Market Remodels," May 2006.
Risa, Brooke. "Townhouse development adds uncommon residences downtown," July 2005
"Loft Apartments, Thrift Store fill SoPO," August 2004.
"Company Fires Up the Old Fire Station," August 2004.
Burgess, Dave. "Grand Avenue Subway shop goes uptown," June 2004.
"NAI Business Properties Remodels Wilcox Building," June 2004.
Burgess, Dave. "Partnerships move downtown projects ahead," April 2004.
Burgess, Dave. "Resident customers," April 2004.
Frost, Leanne H. "APEX Mortgage Services Moves In," June 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. “APEX Mortgage Services Moves In," June 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. “Creating living space," June 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. “Wallinder Mortgage finds a place to call its own," March 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. “Red Lodge True Value warms to new home," February 2003.
Allard, Amanda Lynn. "Montana Avenue Lofts ready for renters," February 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. "SoPO Project is so Positive," February 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. “Arcade building escapes ‘tilt," April 2003.
Frost, Leanne H. "Habitat “Fair House” fares well," September2002.
Frost, Leanne H. "Credit union draws from past," June2002.
Frost, Leanne H. "Two new projects underway in Red Lodge," June 2002.
Frost, Leanne H. "Architect aspires to lofty ideals," From the Ground Up, February 2001.
"Straw, you say?," From the Ground Up, February 2001.
"High Plains Architects renovates One South Broadway, celebrates with open house," July 2001.
Frost, Leanne H. "Broadway Place gets makeover," November 2001.
Frost, Leanne H. "Credit Union draws from past," December 2001.
Boddy, Rebecca. "Enthusiastic architect wants to see Billings freshened up," April 1999.


"Urban Frontier House wins LEED Platinum certification," Last Best News, August 26, 2017
"Off-the-grid house nearly done, tours offered this week," Last Best News, July 10, 2016
"Building Innovation – Economic Policy and Enviromental Implications," Community Builders, November 19, 2014
"One-of-a-kind house: In the city, off the grid," Last Best News, September 2, 2014 
"Meet The 53 Best Small-Business People Of The Year," Business Insider, May 2014
"Advice from the Best Small Business Owners in the U.S. (Part 3)," Business Administration Information, May 8, 2014.
"NOLS’s Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus earns LEED Platinum Certification," County 10, Joshua Scheer, December 3, 2013.
"Designed for Learning and Environmental Leadership," International News Magazine, December 3,2013.
"AIA 2030 Committment Case Studies: Studying the Experiences of Participant Firms," 2012 AIA COTE COTE Research Scholar Case Study for the American Institute of Architects, 2012.
"AIA Introduces Case Studies on Architecture Firms Participating in 2030 Commitment Program," American Institute of Architects, November 14, 2012.
"What Makes It GREEN? 2012 Winners Announced," Better Building: The Responsible Developer's Blog, April 26, 2012.
"IDL - Bozeman Helps Montana Architect Win Award," Integrated Design Lab, July 15, 2009.
"Old Buildings, New Ideas." New West: The Voice of the Rocky Mountains. Yogesh Simpson, October 26, 2007.
"Conference: Architect Randy Hafer on Great Towns Waiting to Happen." New West: The Voice of the Rocky Mountains, Anne Medley, October 16, 2007.


"Case Study: Home on the Range," Sustainable Renovation. Lisa Gelfand & Chris Duncan, 2012.
Billings - Montana's Trailhead, Sue Hart, 2009.
"Home on the Range," Building from the Best of the Northern Rockies. Sonoran Institute, 2007.
"Plan 11, Plan 12, Plan 13, and High Sierra Affordable Housing Venture." Montana Housing Solutions: Designing for Comfort and Quality, 2003.
"Case Study: Home on the Range," Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope.  Lisa Gelfand, Chris Duncan, 2011.  Pgs 103-104; photo insert (between pages 148 & 149).  

TV (more recent airings)

"You Live in What?" HGTV, episode HYLIW-30xH, 2014.
"Billings High Plains Recognized by SBA," KTVQ, Billings, Victoria Fregoso, June 12, 2014.
"Coming soon: Celtic Cowboy Pub & Restaurant and Hotel Arvon," KRTV Great Falls, Tara Grimes, September 5, 2013.
"New life for Rocky Mountain Building in downtown Great Falls," KRTV Great Falls, Tara Grimes, August 28, 2013.
"2nd Property Owner's Workshop," KULR8, December 5th, 2012.
"Rocky Mountain Building Soon to be Under New Ownership," KFBB Great Falls, October 2, 2012.
"Architect has plans for fire-raveged Rocky Mountain Building," KRTV Great Falls, September 25, 2012.
"Randy Hafer, High Plains Architects," That's Montana, November 2011.
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