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NAIC LEED Charrette, Recent Projects, and New Location!

     The Integrated Design Lab has been busy in Bozeman the past few months.  Since our last eNews we have moved back home into Cheever Hall from our offices in Romney Gym on the MSU campus.  Our new location is 121 Cheever Hall, near the craft shop on the west end of the building [Figure 1].  We always welcome visitors curious about the daylighting and energy work in the lab.  Please contact us if you wish to learn more.

Figure 1 New IDL Location, Bozeman

      Over the past few months we have been working on quite a few projects around Montana.  The projects have ranged in scale from five stage hotel and dormitory housing in Yellowstone National Park to a bank lobby in Billings, Montana.  In conjunction with Mosaic Architecture and Kath Williams + Associates of Bozeman, we performed LEED Daylight and Views verification on the Old Faithful Housing project for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. in Yellowstone National Park.  This project met the daylight and views requirements with nearly over 95% of spaces meeting the qualifications.  Of particular importance to the success of this project are the short north-south cross section with living spaces put towards the perimeter, while the service portions of the program were placed on the interior [Figure 2]. 


Figure 2 Iso-fc Chart of West End of Dormitories

     On the other end of the scale, the IDL also provided daylighting and electric lighting analysis for the Valley Federal Credit Union in Billings, Montana.  The Billings VFCU project for High Plains Architects examined the potential of various skylight monitor options to bring adequate daylighting into the lobby space of this 1980s era building.  Through multiple iterations of design ideas presented by High Plains and the IDL, we determined a best option.  The lab then reviewed several electric lighting design choices provided by High Plains.  The IDL then made recommendations on fixture types and layouts given our simulations [Figure 3].  This project was great for the IDL because it allowed us to closely work with the architect to test a matrix of options that resulted in the most efficient design given the spatial conditions.

Figure 3 Valley Federal Credit Union Daylighting Monitor Options


     In conjunction with Kath Williams + Associates of Bozeman and ZGF Architects of Portland, Oregon, and the MSU USGBC Student Chapter, the IDL will be participating in the schematic design LEED Charrette for the new Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center [NAIC].  This charrette will be a chance for the MSU community stakeholders to learn about and voice their opinions for which credits the NAIC should pursue as part of the design ethic.  Public input is highly valued in this integrated design process, and all of the sponsoring organizations welcome any who would like to join.  The Charrette is this Wednesday, February 25, from 9 am to 4 pm on the third floor of the MSU Bobcat Stadium.  Participants can feel free to come and go as they please throughout the day.  For more information visit the website www.msuinnovationcenter.com.  We hope to see you there!