Collaboration for Energy Efficiency

Montana State University received a $25 million donation from alumnus Jake Jabs to transform its business school into one of the top programs in the country. As a result, the university determined that the first step was to create a new academic building, the Jake Jabs College of Business, that provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities, formal and informal meeting areas, interactive learning centers, smart flexibility, and social gathering spaces. Bozeman’s Comma-Q Architecture, in association with Hennebery Eddy Architecture of Portland, Oregon, hired Morrison-Maierle for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, and structural engineering services.

Jabs Hall sought to, and succeeded in, setting a new bar for an energy-efficient building system in the greater Northern Rockies. At the start of the design phase, the team, in collaboration with the owner, developed four guiding principles to ensure that the project achieved Jabs’ vision. From the first meeting to the ribbon cutting, every decision on this project followed these principles, and all parties had them committed to memory.