Underriner Motors’ Hyundai, Buick, and Volvo Facility in Billings, along with CTA Architects Engineers, recently received a U.S. Green Building Council Montana 2016 Sustainability Merit Award for Commercial Building. The 22,000 sq. ft. facility, which includes an automobile showroom, service area, parts, storage and offices, was completed in July 2014 and awarded LEED certification in January 2016.
Underriner Motors is committed to the promotion of green business practice, utilizing sustainable building techniques and contributing to the Billings community’s sustainable development. This is demonstrated through the 2010 LEED Certification of Underriner Motors’ Honda dealership (designed by CTA as well), which also netted a rare Platinum Award for Environmental Leadership from Honda Motor Company.
The Montana USGBC awards are an annual recognition of projects, companies, and individuals demonstrating exemplary commitment and achievements in creating a more sustainable future for Montana.
“The Sustainability Award winners highlight some of the best green building projects and leaders in Montana,” Charlie Woodruff, director, community–USGBC Northern Rockies, said. “We’re pleased to have so many passionate trailblazers in the state dedicating themselves to creating a sustainable built environment in Montana, and are excited to recognize and celebrate their well-deserved efforts.”
Currently, there are 80 LEED-certified buildings in Montana, equivalent to nearly 2.63 million sq. ft. of LEED-certified space. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the state. Between 2015 and 2018, green building construction in Montana is expected to support nearly 30,000 jobs and more than $1.74 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study.