UM’s Payne Family Native American Center Honored by Green Building Council

April 21, 2015

Outside shot of Payne Native American Center on campus

MISSOULA – The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana recently received the highest award for sustainable building from the Montana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building received an Honor Award in the Montana Sustainable Building Award Commercial Category.

“This 30,000-square-feet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum building in the heart of the Missoula campus has an incredible array of high-performance features that express ‘deep respect and integration with the natural world,’” the USGBC Montana Chapter wrote.

The design of the Payne Family Native American Center preserved existing site trees while the construction used logs from a Superfund cleanup site. Excavated rocks from the site were used for retaining walls. The flooring and cabinets are made from recovered wood and the building uses extensive daylight. Performance data shows the building saves 55 percent energy over comparable conventional buildings.

Judges of the competition said the building is an “exciting expression of Native American cultures” in Montana.

The Payne Family Native American Center was designed by Glenn and Glenn Architects. A&E Architects, P.C. worked as the architect of record and interior design with general contractor Jackson Contractor Group. Engineers included Associate Construction Engineering, Beaudette Consulting Engineers and WGM Group. Landscape Architecture Studio did the landscaping for the building, which uses plant species native to Montana. Kath Williams and Associates served as the LEED consultant while Flow Engineers, LLC, was the commissioning agent.

The Sustainable Building Awards celebrate the best buildings in sustainable design and construction throughout Montana. The competition drew participation from the architectural, engineering and construction professionals from across the state. Winning projects represent the highest standards in sustainability, innovation, building performance and overall integration.

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County in Red Lodge also received an Honor Award in the Commercial Category. Other recipients in the category 

An interior shot of the Payne Family Native American Center at UM.

include the Garlington Building in Missoula, which received a Merit Award; First Interstate Bank’s main branch in Missoula, which received a Citation Award; and the HH

A Early Learning and Job Training Center in Helena, which received a Special Award.

###For more information on the Montana Sustainable Building Awards, call USGBC Montana Chapter Chair Jacob Augenstein at 406-475-2016 or email jaugenstein@usgbcmontana.org. For more information on the Payne Family Native American Center, call UM Sustainability Coordinator Eva Rocke at 406-243-4323 or UM campus architect Jameel Chaudhry at 406-243-5576.

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Payne Center 1: The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana. Photo credit: Todd Goodrich.

Payne Center 2: An interior view of the Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana. Photo credit: Todd Goodrich.

Contact: Eva Rocke, UM sustainability coordinator, 406-243-4323, eva.rocke@mso.umt.edu.