A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the new six-story Stockman Bank building that’s going up on the southeast corner of Orange Street and Broadway downtown. Designers for the project adjusted their plans recently, and with an added solar array the bank will be one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the state when it opens in late 2017.
“This is a great day in Missoula’s history and a great day in Stockman Bank’s history,” CEO Bill Coffee said. “Stockman Bank was started in 1953. We’ve been serving a large part of Montana since then. We’ve had customers in Missoula for approximately 20 years, and so to have this dream finally get started is just incredible.” Construction will immediately commence on the $29 million, 65,000-square-foot structure, which will include three levels of attached parking, a multi-lane drive-through service, and outdoor patios on three different levels.
Lead architect Mike Tuss of CTA Architects Engineers said they recently decided to install a 49-kilowatt solar system on the roof, rather than a 30-kilowatt system as originally planned. “We are pushing against the maximum we are allowed (by law),” he said. State “net metering” legislation caps systems that put renewable power back into the grid at 50 kilowatts. Tuss said the designers are aiming to have the building be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design V4 Platinum, the most environmentally friendly certification possible.
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“Leed Platinum is a big deal, and we are operating under LEED Version 4,” Tuss said. “Very few architects in the country have taken it upon themselves to go after LEED V4. LEED 2009 is the old system, and it is not as rigorous. Most of our projects are 2009. So not only is this project Platinum V4, it may very well be the first Platinum V4 in the entire state. Something could slide in between now and when it’s finished. But we are one of the early adopters in the entire country. There are only a handful of projects in the country that could be a V4.”
The building will also collect runoff from the parking structure to irrigate trees outside and rainwater to flush toilets inside. “Our modeling shows we will reduce the potable water consumption by about 69 percent by doing that,” Tuss said.
Rather than simply demolishing the old Salvation Army building and a car parts store that formerly occupied the site, Stockman Bank chose to salvage and reuse more than 90 percent of the materials. “We are salvaging almost everything – almost everything in the project has been diverted from the landfill,” Tuss said. “Waste Less Works, they essentially deconstructed and repurposed everything.”
It was an expensive challenge to bury all the utility lines, but now the whole corner is free of overhead clutter. “It’s amazing how you don’t realize the visual and mental clutter until you get rid of all those powerlines,” Tuss said.
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