An early peek at BASE
Funded by the community, for the community
Lone Peak dominated the horizon and a sea of blue around it, a handful of the people who have been instrumental in funding and forming Big Sky’s BASE stood on the roof, taking photo opportunities, delighting in seeing it come to fruition.
Dan Ross, Langlas & Associates project superintendent, pointed out the green roof and where the solar panels will go, demonstrating how the structure will be a leader in green building in the area. That highly regulated goal begins at inception, really in the design phase, he explained.
By winter of 2022, the community center is set to be a part of the foundation of Big Sky. That it comes from substantial community fundraising and effort via Big Sky Community Organization’s (BSCO) ALL-IN Big Sky campaign is notable. Hundreds of people in the community donated to make it possible.
“It’s not just the athletic opportunities, it’s the incredible art offerings that will work through the Arts Council of Big Sky. For children and adults to have these opportunities that don’t exist right now is a game changer for the community,” said John McGuire.
While it is primed to be a tremendous asset to adults, it will provide Big Sky kids with their first ever space designed with them in mind.
They will have a safe gathering place to play ping pong, study and engage in sports activities in the winter other than skiing.
As participants sporting neon vests and hard hats toured the facility with Ross or Whitney Montgomery, the new CEO of BSCO, paused to explain the use of space. There are multi use rooms, with one that can be transformed from a spin class to a community gathering space, a kitchen for cooking, a gym, a batting cage, a rock-climbing wall administrative offices for BSCO and the Arts Council of Big Sky, the gym and exercise facility and a mental health room near the elevator – designed so for privacy.
Ross noted how incredibly hightech the facility will be. In essence – different areas of the building will talk to each other, ensuring that it is leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint.
The stage will remain in the community park and a massive team of landscapers will come in and quickly prepare the park for the early July Music in the Mountains concerts.
As it says on the BSCO website: “We’re turning a resort into a community.”