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See the USGBC Colorado and USGBC Montana awards recipients for 2018.

USGBC communities in the Mountain West region celebrate the best of green building and sustainable market transformation through the annual Leadership Awards, recognizing leadership in buildings, technology, partners and individuals at the local and regional levels. Help us celebrate the innovative projects and people that are leading us towards a more resilient, healthy and equitable future.

  • Colorado recipients will be recognized at USGBC Colorado-hosted Rocky Mountain Green on May 3 in Denver. Learn more and register.
  • Montana recipients were recognized at the USGBC Montana Annual Summit and Leadership Awards on March 8 in Butte, Montana.

Colorado award recipients

Volunteer Leadership Award: Patti Sharp

Sharp is a licensed architect in Colorado and has a passion for designing buildings and environments that directly impact communities and individuals by meeting their needs. She has been a volunteer with USGBC since 2014 and has led the USGBC Colorado Southern Education Committee as chair for the past 1.5 years. The time and commitment she has given to USGBC has positively impacted the Southern Colorado community.

Volunteer Leadership Award: Tom Flanagan

Flanagan was instrumental in bringing LEED for homes to an entirely new and rather large segment of the homebuilding industry: production homebuilders. Working with Asa Foss at USGBC, Tom was part of recognizing the need, building a pilot program, executing the pilot and ultimately bringing the program to market. He found a great local partner in Thrive Homes to champion the idea and test the pilot program.

Innovative Project, Health and Wellness in the Built Environment Award: The Mental Health Center of Denver Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being

On the four-acre site, the 46,000-square-foot building offers an inclusive preschool, a special school for children with behavioral health needs, day care, specialized services for the deaf and hard of hearing, a pediatric dental clinic, mental health services for children and families, a gymnasium, a teaching kitchen, community spaces and offices. The outdoor space includes play areas, counseling gardens, an aquaponics greenhouse and a 40,000-square-foot urban farm with farm stand, providing community access to fresh produce and protein.

Outdoor Environments Award: Stanley Marketplace

Stanley Marketplace is the transformation of the 140,000-square-foot Stanley Aviation building and 22-acre site into Stanley Marketplace, a mixed-use community destination that houses local retail and restaurants, co-working office space, a community garden and an event center. Consilium Design formulated a concept for Stanley Marketplace to create an inviting, attractive and functional landscape that accomplishes environmental, cultural and economic sustainability principles.

Green Building of the Year Award: Fort Collins Utilities Administration Building

USGBC awarded the project 80 credits for its new building under LEED v4, and it achieved LEED Platinum certification status. The project opted to use LEED v4 when it first became available, and it is one of the first LEED v4 Platinum projects in Colorado, as well as among the first globally.

Most Successful Community Engagement Award: Katrina Managan, Energize Denver

Managan led the Energize Denver team of city staff and stakeholders through the development and passage of a benchmarking requirement in Denver, as well as the achievement of 90 percent compliance with the ordinance in its first year of implementation. Energize Denver aims to improve the energy efficiency of large buildings in Denver, targeting reductions of 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

Montana award recipients

Innovative Project, New Building Award: Museum of the Rockies—Curatorial Center for the Humanities, Montana State University, Slate Architecture, Morrison-Maierle, Jackson Contractor Group, Kath Williams + Associates

The Curatorial Center for the Humanities is an innovative addition to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, that brings “home” precious artifacts into a secure, climate-controlled environment. The 20,370-square-foot facility is home to part of the Smithsonian Collection, as well as Army Corp of Engineers artifacts, and boasts daylit study, work rooms and offices that earned exemplary performance. Energy efficiency with full-time climate monitoring and controls protect the irreplaceable items. The project was certified LEED Gold in 2017.

Most Successful Community Engagement Award: Public Shade StructureMissoula, MMW Architects

The design team partnered with local non-profits Climate Smart and Home ReSource to design and build a prototype Shade Shelter to address the immediate need of public shade along a pedestrian path in Missoula. Nestled along the popular Milwaukee Trail, amongst restored native park land and the Clark Fork River, the Shade Shelter provides a place to rest, gather and refresh during the heat of summer. A true community effort built through volunteer efforts, the Shade Shelter is a tangible way to raise awareness of the changing climate and human needs in the community.

Innovative Project, Residential, Single Family Award: Confluence House, CTA Architects & Engineers

Confluence House is a fly fisherman’s dream home, situated at the confluence of two rivers near Whitefish. The design team’s aspiration was for the residence to become a seamless addition to the natural environment, rather than an interruption. In addition to its natural connection to the landscape, the project features energy-efficient design, a solar PV system, local and regional materials and native, drought-tolerant landscaping.

Innovative Project, Residential, Multi-Family Award: Sweetgrass Commons, Homeword and MMW Architects

Sweetgrass Commons was designed and built for Homeword, an affordable nonprofit housing developer based in Missoula. The project proves that affordable housing can be beautiful, sustainable and a strong contributor to the city's urban design.

Green Schools Award: Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship, Whitefish School District

The Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Fund is an innovative educational center at Whitefish Schools, providing hands-on learning experiences for K–12 students in sustainable energy, agriculture, forestry, natural resources and entrepreneurship. The project is designed to be zero net energy; it relies on a geothermal system, PV solar arrays and a climate battery to provide energy and heat to the building. In using integrated design principles and in-depth modeling, the project team has created the basis for achieving a net zero facility with a 1,500-square-foot attached greenhouse.

Most Successful Community EngagementSchool Communities Award: Sentinel High Eco Club Arc ProjectMissoula County School District

The Eco Club at Sentinel High School in Missoula County, under the leadership of teacher Ben Cummins, took the initiative to use the Arc platform to monitor building systems performance via the real-time Arc dashboard. Cummins and the students input the building data, created an interactive display to engage the entire school and intend to influence other schools in the district and across the state to adopt similar approaches to existing building performance and sustainability.

Innovative Project, Health and Wellness: NorthWestern Energy General Office Butte, Mosaic Architecture

NorthWestern Energy and Mosaic Architecture developed and designed a new headquarters building in uptown Butte to create a healthy and sustainable office space for the NorthWestern employees that would also be an architectural asset for the community. The building features excellent daylight, energy-efficient design and operations, break rooms to encourage healthy habits, a green roof and outdoor patio, and stairways that are prominent and accessible to encourage their use. The project is currently pursuing LEED certification.

Volunteer Leadership Award: Wendy Weaver, Montana Aquatic Resources Services

Weaver has been a tireless advocate for green schools in the state of Montana, working with school districts, design firms, community groups and USGBC to advance sustainability and push others to do better and make an impact. Her volunteer leadership, civic engagement and knowledge of green building have inspired countless others to work to improve communities across Montana.

Community Champion Award: Bill Coffee, CEO, Stockman Bank 

Through Coffee’s leadership, Stockman Bank has invested in Montana communities and led by example in developing buildings that are timeless and environmentally sensitive. Stockman Bank has one LEED Gold building, and two more are currently pursuing high levels of LEED certification. In addition, Stockman Bank made a generous donation to Trout Unlimited to fund restoration of native trout habitat along Rattlesnake Creek.