CTA IN THE NEWS: Office building slated for unique lot on River Drive [in Great Falls]

By: Travis Estvold
20 December 2017

From greatfallstribune.com:

A new office building is going up on the east side of River Drive starting in late December or early January, according to architect Anthony Houtz of CTA Architects Engineers.

“The main floor tenant is a bank, and then there will be other professional services up above it,” said Houtz, who added that the bank tenant won’t be ready to go public until the building’s groundbreaking. The three-story office building will have a little over 21,000 square feet across from Mackenzie River Pizza. The building’s unique shape is dictated by its triangular lot and the presence of the nearby railroad tracks, and design was based on the area’s traffic patterns, the shape of the lot and the bank’s drive-thru needs.

Aesthetically, Houtz said the structure will harmonize with the presence of the river and the railroad tracks as well as other buildings in the area. “We want to fit it into the neighborhood,” Houtz said. “We want to reflect the nature of the existing context and interpret it in a contemporary manner.”



“The project location is sandwiched between a quickly modernizing and developing section of the city with a great view (Broadwater Bay), and the heart of what Great Falls was built on (industry and the railroad). In that sense, this building acts as a bridge between a corporate, semi-urban customer-oriented enterprise, and the raw beauty of the railway and industrial heritage of machinery row.

Paired with a visionary developer that understands market opportunity and the necessity of maximizing available property, this building mathematically and spatially maximizes the allowable tenant space for the lot, accounting for parking and landscaping, and minimizing core square footage to maximize leasable space for the tenants.

At CTA, we pride ourselves on integrating our disciplines, and coordinating our engineering and architecture. At 501, it went further: integrating the zoning code, patron access, innate history of the site, and emerging market conditions to create an authentic design solution directly reflective of the constraints of the site.”

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