Butte Heritage Center

Butte, MT

The Butte, Montana community is rich with unbelievable history in the development of mining from the late 19th century to the present. In its most recent history, the open pit mine named the “Berkeley Pit” has become the major contributor to the location’s title as one of the EPA’s largest super-fund sites.

As a response to the history and current conditions, the current mine owner envisioned a project that would bring a strong economic contribution back to the community in the form of a Science and Technology Center.

The center is developed with two major focal points. First, the history of mining and how it relates to the technology of today’s mining and the massive machines involved in the extractive process. Second, the responsible practices of remediation and the parallel demonstration of how sustainable architecture can positively impact the use of our earth’s resources.