City of Billings, Montana
540 vehicle spaces
DFDG served as the design architect in collaboration with Billings, Montana-based Schutz Foss Architects (SFA) to provide design services to the Sletten Construction D-B team. The project was procured by the City of Billings, with a private development partner agreeing to purchase (condominium style) the 17,000-sf of street-level retail area, and 25 parking spaces at ground level. In addition, the adjacent Northern Hotel purchased (condominium style) 230 parking spaces for their exclusive use, and funded an enclosed sky bridge connecting the hotel and parking structure. The remaining 310 parking spaces are for public use, supporting the redevelopment of historic Montana Avenue. The retail space, fronting onto Montana Ave. will promote a vibrant and active streetscape, and will be a catalyst for the ongoing redevelopment of the area.
The cast-in-place, post-tensioned structure is unique in that we designed a 12” two-way “flat-slab” structure for the parking deck immediately above the retail space, which limits vibration and noise transfer. The rigid frame structure requires no shear walls, allowing for clear lines of sight in the pedestrian and parking environment.
The project’s architecture is contemporary in form, while utilizing exposed concrete, brick veneer, and galvanized steel in a way that is reminiscent of historic downtown Billings. The architectural materials were selected for their richness, longevity, and low-maintenance characteristics.