The architectural design for the new Garden City Harvest headquarters in the heart of Missoula, MT, evokes the feeling of a rustic Montana farm while featuring state-of-the-art high-performance building technologies. The barn-style buildings with weathered wood siding are a fitting home for Garden City Harvest which was established in 1996 to provide local, sustainably grown produce to those in need. Their mission is to revive the tradition of producing food for the community within the community, focusing on the 20% of Missoulians who live in poverty. Garden City Harvest is a community agricultural hub that provides low-income families with ecologically-conscious education and training for both youths and adults. Their new multi-use facility is designed to be as energy-efficient as possible and incorporates a variety of outdoor and transitional spaces between the interior and exterior.
The Glo European Windows A5 window series was selected for the headquarters to add a clean modern aesthetic to the design while providing excellent energy efficiency and durability to last the lifetime of the building. Triple pane glass, a larger continuous thermal break, multiple air seals, and high-performance spacers all help to eliminate condensation and significantly reduce convection meaning higher levels of efficiency and greater levels of comfort throughout the space. This higher level of efficiency will help Garden City Harvest keep their operating costs low and maintain the ability to provide its services throughout the Missoula valley.