Native American Center – University of Montana

Design Team: A&E Architects
Owner: UM Planning & Construction
Completion Date: January 2010

The Native American Center is the first of its kind in the nation and is the home of the Native American Studies department, Native student services, and related campus programs. Located near the oval at the center of the University of Montana’s campus, the building has become a campus icon. This LEED Platinum certified green building consists of two stories with a full basement and utilizes a composite steel floor framing for optimal performance. A dodecagonal (12 sided) gathering area is framed with exposed Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL) columns that support PSL roof members with steel cable bottom chords connected to center tension and compression rings that accentuate the skylight in the center of the roof. The lateral system is a combination of visible and hidden steel braced frames.

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