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Courthouse Renovation

The renovation project for the Missoula County Courthouse and Annex will be completed in early 2016. The project began in 2012 and will be accomplished in three major phases with multiple sub-phases in order to maintain public access to services.

Phase One:

First floors of the Courthouse and Annex, fourth floor of the Annex, basement of the Annex

Phase Two:

Second and third floors of the Courthouse

Second floor Annex

Phase Three:

Missoula County Environmental Mission

In June of 2010, Missoula County Commissioners resolved to incorporate “environmentally responsible guidelines into all buildings the County plans, designs, builds, renovates, remodels and operates.” As such, the Courthouse/Annex renovation team is working to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for the project. The County's Resolution Establishing the Missoula County Green Building Policy is on the County Commissioners' website.

The LEED® rating system is governed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a nationally recognized system for rating the performance of buildings and guiding project design. The LEED® rating system includes six categories: Sustainable Site Design, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Air Quality, Materials and Resources, and Innovation and Design. In order to achieve LEED® certification, the County Courthouse Renovation Project must satisfy 40 credits, which can be acquired among these six categories.

Sustainable Sites:  This credit category encourages implementation of design strategies that promote a responsible relationship between the built environment and the natural environment. 

Example:  Alternative Transportation - Public Transportation Access (SSc4.1):  Due to the convenient access the courthouse and annex have to the Mountain Line Transfer Station, the project is eligible for points in this credit category. 

Water Efficiency: This credit category promotes reduction in building water use by increasing efficiency. 

Example:  Water Use Reduction - 20% Reduction (WEp1): The County’s implementation of water saving technologies, such as low-flow fixtures, has resulted in a total reduction in water usage for the site of 24%. 

Energy and Atmosphere:  This credit category addresses means of reducing the amount of energy required for building operations. 

Example:  Optimize Energy Performance (EAc1):  Thus far, the courthouse renovation project has achieved an approximate 20% increased level of energy performance, potentially making the project eligible for up to seven (7) credit points in this category.

Materials and Resources:  This credit category promotes responsible waste management and materials selections. 

Example:  Construction Waste Management (MRc2):  Efforts are made to divert construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills.  Materials are recycled and reused when possible.  As of May 2013, a total of 65.8% of all construction and demolition waste has been recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill. 

Indoor Environmental Quality:  A goal of this credit category is to ensure that building occupants are exposed to the best indoor air quality possible in order to promote a healthy work environment.

Example:  Low Emitting Materials - Paints and Coatings (IEQc4.2):  All paints and coatings used on finishes throughout the project meet strict criteria for volatile organic compound (VOC) content.  Documentation of the types of paints and coatings used in the courthouse and annex enables the project to apply for one (1) credit point.

LEED and the related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used with permission.

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