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Montana Tops "Best of the Northern Rockies" List

May 29, 2007

Bozeman, MT - Montana has more than any other state. A new report cites the state as the best in the Northern Rockies when it comes to building projects that conserve energy, use recycled materials, and fit in with the surrounding areas. Downtown Billings, downtown Fort Benton, and the Bridger Apartments in Helena, along with about 20 other developments and buildings from all across the state, are showcased. Comments from Dennis Glick with the Sonoran Institute, which issued the report.

Montanans who want to see the best of the Northern Rockies only have to take a look in their backyards...or downtowns. A new report rates recent building projects and developments on things like visual appeal, and how well they fit in with the neighborhood. Dennis Glick with the Sonoran Institute helped write the report - and he says downtown Fort Benton, the Bridger Apartments in Helena, and the Home on the Range building in Billings all make the best list...

"Using building materials that were environmentally-friendly, and also trying to ensure that the structure was as energy-efficient as possible."

Glick says projects listed also have economic success. He says the report can be used as a guide for future planning and development for towns and rural communities. The report also looked at projects in Idaho and Wyoming.

Glick says the projects also have something in common architecturally that may not be obvious at first...

"Most of them look different than what's been built recently, but not different from what was built 50, 60, 70 years ago."

For a full copy of the report go to www.sonoran.org/index. Dennis Glick is at 406-587-7331.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT