2017 Award-Winning Projects



We are so proud to announce that we are the recipients of two awards by the Idaho-Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  



Forrest E Mars Jr Building, The Brinton Museum Our work on the Forrest E. Mars Building at the Brinton Museum was recognized with the Merit Award in General Design.

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 24,000 square foot, $15.8 million eco-conscious museum is located 12-miles south of Sheridan, Wyoming. To best honor the natural environment, the building was integrated into the surrounding topography and natural landscape, allowing for unobstructed, 180-degree views of the Big Horn Mountains.

We provided landscape architectural services for this project, including: green roof design, site planting plan, irrigation design, design detailing, and construction administration. We developed a planting plan for the project site that “blends” with the existing natural surroundings. Native plants, wildflowers, forbs and woody trees and shrubs were included in this low, maintenance design. The designers collaborated with project architects to both preserve and enhance the surrounding views.

It is an honor to be honored by our peers at Idaho Montana ASLA for our work in sustainable and resilient design. The project was led by Malone Belton Abel PC Architects in Sheridan, Wyoming.



Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District, Lockwood Montana

We also received the chapter award in the Analysis and Planning category for our Non-Motorized Transportation Award which we completed for the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District.

The Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District was created in response to a disproportionate number of contacts occurring between vehicles and pedestrians throughout an unincorporated, rural urban area. Local roads were built to rural county standards and lack any facilities for non-motorized transportation. Peaks to Plains Design is part of the team serving as the District’s “County Engineers” to develop a non-motorized transportation plan and designing improvements for the area. Our partner in this plan is Interstate Engineering Inc

The plan includes considerations started through the Safe Routes to Schools plan (developed by the same team) in 2008. Encouragement, enforcement, education, engineering and evaluation are the guiding principles of the plan. The team reviewed priority corridors, analyzed rights-of-way and easement requirements, coordinated utility needs and collaborated with the County and Montana DOT with regards to improvements on their respective jurisdictions. Opinions of probable cost were developed for the priority corridors as well as a financing and grant opportunity plan.

This is a first-of-its-kind District in the State and is setting an example for other communities to address their non-motorized transportation issues.


The Montana Association of Planners awarded project of the year to Yellowstone County’s Suburban Subdivision Regulations, a collaborative, private-public endeavor that Peaks to Plains was honored to be a part of to help bring county subdivisions located near Billings developed to more urban standards.