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MSU’s Jabs Hall wins sustainability award from U.S. Green Building Council’s Montana chapter

March 30, 2016 -- By Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service

Jabs Hall. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN — A new Montana State University building was honored recently with a sustainability award from the Montana chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

MSU’s Jabs Hall, home of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, won a merit award/special jury award for education and outreach impact in the commercial building category.

A total of nine winning projects were chosen for exemplifying the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency in their design, construction and operation. The awards were presented at the chapter’s annual meeting held this winter in Big Sky.

Jabs Hall was recognized for several sustainable features, including geothermal wells that supply ground-sourced water for heating and cooling the building and an on-site stormwater management system recognized for its exceptional performance. In addition, the awards program noted that the project saved more than 95 percent of construction waste from the landfill, and the building’s energy model anticipates an annual savings of 41 percent in energy costs.

Several companies that worked on Jabs Hall also were recognized for their contributions to the building, including Comma-Q Architecture, architect; Design 5, landscape design; Morrison Maierle, Inc., engineers; ARUP, energy modeling; Kath Williams + Associates, LEED/sustainability consultant; and Dick Anderson Construction, Inc., general contractor.

The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship will host a public celebration of the sustainable features of Jabs Hall during an event set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Jabs Hall.

Jabs Hall opened on the MSU campus in 2015. It was funded by a $25 million private gift from Jake Jabs, a Montana native and Montana State College alumnus, who announced the gift in 2011. The gift is also being used for new scholarships and new academic programs in entrepreneurship, professional skills development, and fostering cooperative work between business students and students in other disciplines.

With record enrollments at MSU and in the business college, Jabs Hall is helping the university begin to address a much-needed backlog of classroom space, according to Kregg Aytes, dean of the college. He noted that the building’s 11 classrooms can simultaneously accommodate approximately 440 students, while informal study spaces scattered throughout the building provide room for another 220 students. The 50,830-square-foot Jabs Hall also has two computer labs.

The second annual Montana USGBC Sustainability Awards drew participation from architectural, engineering and construction professionals from across the state. Sustainability criteria for the competition were modeled on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

Founded in 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in buildings design, construction, and operation. USGBC is perhaps best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems.

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