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This project is currently in the design phase. We welcome your involvement and participation!

Although a preliminary concept for a new Heritage Center was developed in 2010, we started the design process from the beginning, not only to update the concept, but to incorporate new directives and priorities. The Building Committee was tasked with determining the structure, design, and look of the new Heritage Center, with consideration to the needs of the Montana Historical Society, the Capitol complex, and the public.

Committee members were directed to aspire to the highest standards of efficiency and sustainability for the design. This will be the first building constructed on the Capitol campus in 36 years.

Cushing Terrell is the architectural firm chosen to design the expansion as well as the renovation of the existing building. The design phase is underway and expected to last through Spring 2021 as detailed plans are finalized. Learn more about Cushing Terrell here.

More than 10 years in the making, this expansion and renovation project will be a state-of-the-art repository for the state’s historic collections and resources. When construction is completed, it will nearly double the size of the existing building and include 66,000 square feet of new space, plus exterior and interior renovations to 66,995 square feet of the existing 1952 Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building. The Cushing Terrell design melds new with historic, using the space between the two structures to create a dramatic entry that will connect the two facilities.

Taking inspiration from the state’s geology, the new building will symbolically reference the Lewis Overthrust, the geophysical collision of tectonic plates that drove one plate over another and helped to define Montana’s landscape. The design concept for the Montana Heritage Center is meant to convey the feeling that nature is a driving force behind why people live in the state. The building’s exterior represents the diverse and ever-changing Montana landscape, the backdrop for the lives of its residents. Built of the same sandstone as the historic structure, the new building will feature subtle patterning incised into the rock.

The landscape design will continue the sense of exploration with features and plantings that mimic (on a micro scale) the journey from the plains and grasslands to the foothills and forests and finally to mountain landscapes. Linking it all together is a river-like trail that will flow from one ecosystem to the next.

With a commitment to sustainability and creating healthy spaces, the project is pursuing both USGBC LEED and IWBI WELL certifications and is anticipated to be complete in 2024.



Listen to Cushing Terrell architects describe the inspiration behind the architectural design:


This project is currently in the design phase. We welcome your involvement and participation!

Although a preliminary concept for a new Heritage Center was developed in 2010, we started the design process from the beginning, not only to update the concept, but to incorporate new directives and priorities. The Building Committee was tasked with determining the structure, design, and look of the new Heritage Center, with consideration to the needs of the Montana Historical Society, the Capitol complex, and the public.

Committee members were directed to aspire to the highest standards of efficiency and sustainability for the design. This will be the first building constructed on the Capitol campus in 36 years.

Cushing Terrell is the architectural firm chosen to design the expansion as well as the renovation of the existing building. The design phase is underway and expected to last through Spring 2021 as detailed plans are finalized. Learn more about Cushing Terrell here.

More than 10 years in the making, this expansion and renovation project will be a state-of-the-art repository for the state’s historic collections and resources. When construction is completed, it will nearly double the size of the existing building and include 66,000 square feet of new space, plus exterior and interior renovations to 66,995 square feet of the existing 1952 Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building. The Cushing Terrell design melds new with historic, using the space between the two structures to create a dramatic entry that will connect the two facilities.

Taking inspiration from the state’s geology, the new building will symbolically reference the Lewis Overthrust, the geophysical collision of tectonic plates that drove one plate over another and helped to define Montana’s landscape. The design concept for the Montana Heritage Center is meant to convey the feeling that nature is a driving force behind why people live in the state. The building’s exterior represents the diverse and ever-changing Montana landscape, the backdrop for the lives of its residents. Built of the same sandstone as the historic structure, the new building will feature subtle patterning incised into the rock.

The landscape design will continue the sense of exploration with features and plantings that mimic (on a micro scale) the journey from the plains and grasslands to the foothills and forests and finally to mountain landscapes. Linking it all together is a river-like trail that will flow from one ecosystem to the next.

With a commitment to sustainability and creating healthy spaces, the project is pursuing both USGBC LEED and IWBI WELL certifications and is anticipated to be complete in 2024.



Listen to Cushing Terrell architects describe the inspiration behind the architectural design:


  • Parking Design Finalized

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    23 September, 2020
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    During the site selection process one of the most prominent concerns we heard from the community was about parking on the Capitol campus. Selecting the location at 6th & Roberts and connecting the new building to the existing MHS building created an increased in parking not only for the museum and heritage center, but for the campus as a whole.

  • Project Milestone: Groundbreaking + blessing

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  • Project Milestone: Contractor Selected

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    24 July, 2020
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    Proposals for construction were received in May and Sletten Construction of Great Falls was successfully awarded the construction contract.

    Six Montana contractors submitted proposals based on criteria developed by the selection committee and participated in interviews. All six submittals demonstrated the quality of these firms and their capabilities to construct the project. Based upon the scoring criteria in the Request for Proposals, Sletten received the highest score among the competitors.

  • Project Milestone: Tribal Outreach

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    24 July, 2020
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    Presentation of opportunities for involvement of tribal communities in Montana in the architectural design process of the new Montana Heritage Center.

  • Project Milestone: Virtual Community Open House Held

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    24 July, 2020
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  • Project Milestone: Heritage Center committee held first design phase meeting

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    15 April, 2020
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    HELENA – The new Heritage Center is now in the design phase and on Wednesday the building committee held their first meeting.