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Hyalite Hall Receives LEED Gold V4 Certification - 4.5.2021

We are excited to announce that Hyalite Hall at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana has been awarded LEED Gold V4 Certification! SMA Architects teamed with Montana State University, Jackson Contractor Group and partner firm NAC Architecture on the design of MSU's New Residence Hall. This team partnership was driven by sustainable design and integrated environmental concepts throughout the entire design process. SMA and NAC worked on minimizing the building's footprint, optimizing solar access, and providing unlimited outdoor access and connectedness, Hyalite Hall has been able to function as a LEED Gold V4 certified building!

This 150,000 sf residence hall consists of 10 communities with 51 beds in each community. The rooms vary between single, double and triple shared rooms and allows for many collision spaces to encourage student interaction within and between communities. The space allows for covered bike storage, several opportunities for natural daylight to come in, and quality materials that are sources locally. 

What is LEED? LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGB) created LEED to measure and define green building design and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. With LEED, we establish a baseline -- a universally agreed upon holistic system for reducing environmental impact. LEED building design and construction are categorized by five basic areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. 

Our certification comes from having earned achievements in several sustainable categories. Located on the campus of Montana State University, SMA and NAC Architects successfully completed Hyalite Hall in the Fall of 2020 with the recognition from the USGB for keeping this building at LEED Gold standards. 

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