Greater Yellowstone Coalition's Energy Efficient Building

Greater Yellowstone Coalition's main office building is a modification of the 1913 Gallatin Valley Seed Company building located in Bozeman, MT. The space in its more recent history was used as a storage building for a few businesses in the local area. The structural integrity of the original structure was mostly left intact with a few areas where new items had to replace the old damaged pieces, like some of the structural columns.  Ninety-eight percent of the items removed from the building were recycled. These items ranged from the old bathroom toilet to the mechanical units used to heat the building. The old garage doors were in filled with storefront windows to allow natural light into the once dark space. All windows and doors were replaced with energy efficient windows and doors. The landscaping was renovated with new planting and new deck areas. These items, and more, contributed to allowing this old structure to be modified into a energy efficient building and to be Certified LEED GOLD. 

Established by the US Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an international program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

GYC's LEED-Gold certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Beyond energy and water, these features addressed:

1. Whole building reuse of the Gallatin Valley Seed Company’s original 1913 structure

2. Salvaged material for over 10% of the total cost of materials, including steel beams from MSU’s Hamilton Hall

3. Bicycle racks and changing rooms were provided

4. Over 20% of the new building materials had high levels of recycled content

5. More than 20% of new materials were harvested, manufactured, or assembled within 500 miles of the site

6. All paints, coatings, concrete floor sealants, adhesives and composite woods had low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) or added-ureaformaldhydes used in their production

The construction team diligently sorted and outsourced all reusable materials from the deconstruction of the old warehouse to the scraps from the new construction. Nearly 98% of what would be considered normal construction waste was diverted from the landfill and put to use by local non-profit organizations.   

Awards & Recognition

Best Industrial

Project presented for Best Industrial. Presented by the Montana Contractor’s Association Building Excellence Awards Program.

Best Custom Residence

Project presented for Best Custom Residence. Presented by the Montana Contractor’s Association Building Excellence Awards Program.

Best Industrial

Project presented for Best Industrial for Troop Medical Clinic in Fort Harrison, Montana. Presented by the Montana Contractor’s Association Building Excellence Awards Program.

Excellent Commercial Awning Restoration

Presented for the Ro Sham Bo Building located at 17 & 19 South Tracy Avenue, Bozeman, Montana.

Best Historical Restoration

Project presented for Hamilton Hall on the MSU Campus. Presented by the Montana Contractor’s Association building Excellence Awards Program.