Green Construction in Billings MT

We’ve made a commitment to the LEED© (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process. Project Managers Ben Mitchell and Bryan West are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). Fisher Construction knows that building with sustainability in mind is increasingly important. We use strategies that reduce energy costs and the impact on the environment. We are proud to showcase some of our green and LEED Certified projects. Projects are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


Tracy Lofts: Billings, MT–LEED Platinum Certified

LEED-PlatinumThe sturdy brick George L. Tracy Building was built in 1919 as a distribution center. With 18,000 square feet of space, this 3-level building (6,000/level) was built as a rail serviced, refrigerated warehouse.  Keeping the existing shell, it now includes 19 loft apartments.  The work was done in accordance with the “Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures”.  Tracy Lofts achieved a LEED® for Homes Platinum certification.

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Swift Building Lofts: Billing, MT–LEED Platinum Certified

LEED-PlatinumThis historic 1916 structure was formerly a warehouse for Swift & Company Meats.  The renovation retained the original brick and heavy timber frame, but incorporated its character into the 9 units.  Each has a unique design theme. Light fills the urban open living spaces but historical design elements were kept throughout the entire building. This included exposed beams, cooler doors, and old elevator pulleys. This Swift Building received the highest certifications sustainable design with a LEED Platinum award. They were also recognized by the Montana Preservation Alliance with the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. Additionally, the project received the Best Practices Achievement Award from the Yellowstone Historic Preservation Board.

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MET Transit Center: Billings, MT–LEED Platinum Certified

LEED-PlatinumMET Transit Center in downtown Billings, Montana with CTA Architects, was the first new construction transportation facility to achieve LEED® Platinum in the United States. The project is now a centralized transportation hub in the heart of Billings. It also won the Pacesetter Award for the Most Innovative Capital Project in the Region over the Last 10 Years; 2011; U.S. DOT, Federal Transit Administration Region 8.

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Fort Howes Fire Station: Custer National Forest, 20 miles south of Ashland, MT–LEED Certified

leed_normalThe station includes a hangar with three helipads and barracks for the fire staff with laundry facilities. It is staffed by the BLM Fire Operations Supervisor and 3 fire engines full time during the fire season.  The BLM personnel have direct suppression responsibility for BLM and USFS Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District, lands in Powder River County and portions of Custer, Rosebud, and Big Horn counties. Fort Howes Fire Station is a LEED Certified building that was able to receive its accreditation in only 3 months after being submitted.  This process usually takes 6-12 months, but due to the coordination of Fisher Construction and the design team; we were able to keep a constant tab on all our credits to allow for a smooth review process and award of the certification.

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Additional Green Building Projects

Holy Rosary Hospital / Cornerstone Apartments Renovation, Miles City MT

The Holy Rosary Hospital, now known as the Cornerstone, consisted of a 1910 wood-frame and masonry structure and a concrete and masonry 1940 addition. It was 21,000 square feet with 3 stories and a daylight basement. The final design resulted in (12) three bedroom, (6) two bedroom and (3) one bedroom units project with a variety of floor plans and sizes dictated by what the old buildings would allow.

Green design features include:

  • Low-E Argon-filled high performance wood windows
  • Soybean-based urethane wall insulation and low-density foam roof insulation, all of which contributes to an airtight envelope.
  • All lighting is efficient T-5 fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent.
  • Heating and cooling for individual apartments utilizes extended range water-to-air heat pumps working off of a common water loop, which incorporates a buried 8,000 gallon tank to act as a thermal flywheel.
  • The building qualifies for Energy Star and delivers utilities for less than 75 cents/sf
  • Re-use of the Terrazzo floors
  • Re-use of the pine trim, doors and as much wood product as was salvageable.

There was no recycling of asbestos and lead paint. Materials that were removed from the building were separated into piles according to their content prior to disposal. Every attempt was made to reuse salvageable wood. This included all of the pine trim on the 2nd floor was reused.

Community Services Building, Sidney, MT

This new construction project includes SIPS, Low-E Argon fiberglass windows, solar reflective roof panels, polished concrete floors and ground source heat.

Colstrip Medical Center Addition, Colstrip, MT

This project includes SIPS, Low-E Argon fiberglass windows and ground source heat.

Little Big Horn College Library, Crow Agency, MT

This new construction project includes a radiant floor heat system.

Lambert School, Lambert, MT

As part of this extensive remodel, we installed a ground source heating system throughout the school.