The Blackmore Pavilion

Hyalite Reservoir

Bruce Wrightsman

Completed June 2010

The Blackmore Pavilion at the Hyalite Reservoir had an open–house celebration October 16th 2009to thank many of the supporters who have contributed time and materials to the collaborative design/build project. This project has already received discernible interest from the media and provided opportunity to showcase this unique project and partnership between the MSU School of Architecture and the Gallatin National Forest.

Bruce Wrightsman, Assistant Professor and director of the project along with eight graduate students and four undergraduate students began construction in May 2009.

The class ran into considerable obstacles during the summer construction phase beginning with an abnormally rainy/snowy June and ending with early snowfall in September that reduced the buildable days by nearly 20%. Despite the weather challenges the collaborative goals of the design / build partnership prospered with Anderson Masonry, Nishkian Monks Engineering, Dick Anderson Construction, Great West Engineering and Allied Engineering providing technical support and on the site as mentors, teaching students the skills and knowledge of their trade. This hands-on learning approach has been an essential role of the partnership and continuing stewardship mission of the School of Architecture.