From staff reports
BIG HORN — Peaks to Plains Design was presented a Merit Award for general design last month by the Idaho/Montana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects for The Brinton Museum’s Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building.
Peaks to Plains Design, a landscape architecture, civil engineering and planning firm in Billings, Montana, accepted the award for its participation as the project landscape architect for the museum.
“Congratulations to Peaks to Plains Design for their exemplary work which led to the award,” said Ken Schuster, director and chief curator of the museum. “It reflects the high standards involved in all aspects of the design and construction of the Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building here at The Brinton Museum.”
The Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building was developed by The Brinton Museum to showcase one of the most significant Western and American Indian Art collections in the Rocky Mountain West.
The building was integrated into the surrounding topography and natural landscape, allowing for unobstructed, 180-degree views of the Bighorn Mountains.
Peaks to Plains Design developed a planting plan for the site that blended with the existing natural surroundings.
Native plants, wildflowers, forbs and woody trees and shrubs were included in this low maintenance design.
The landscape architects collaborated with the project architects to both preserve and enhance the surrounding views.
Peaks to Plains Design further provided assistance in the design of several green roofs that were planted with native grasses.
“We are so humbled to be recognized by IMASLA for our work at The Brinton Museum,” said Jolene Rieck, Principal Landscape Architect of Peaks to Plains Design. “Knowing the caliber of competition present within our region, we are always elated to be recognized by our peers for our commitment in quality design and planning.”
The project was led by Malone Belton Abel PC Architects in Sheridan.