Education Building – University of Montana

Design Team: OZ Architects, Jackson Contractor Group
UM Planning & Construction
Completion Date: 2009

The original Phyllis J. Washington Education Building at the University of Montana was in need of a major renovation and addition to accommodate the growing student base. This three-story facility has a full basement and houses classrooms, labs, and offices. The new steel and concrete floor addition provided an efficient and sound structural system, with steel braced frames for any future earthquakes. The most notable architectural feature is the unique upper atrium with a rolling curved roof, constructed of an interior cantilever column system resembling an open center tree. A matching canopy at the south exit showcases similar rolling curvature to the atrium while providing an unmistakable identity unique to the campus.

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