Beartooth Billings Clinic's new addition

Photo by Alastair Baker

Photo by Alastair Baker A stunning scenic park of fir trees and bushes has risen around the Beartooth Billings Clinic (BBC) in Red Lodge. The newly installed landscaping was funded through the original USDA construction loan with funds that were reserved for finish landscaping. No donor or operating funds were used for this project. Kelley Evans, BBC CEO, said that “in the early phase of our project we value engineered out extensive landscaping, we needed to deliver upon the building, and make sure we had a good product within the building.” “

As a result of doing a lot of the value engineering the project came in under budget, so we keep an open dialogue with USDA and have gone back and added things we had valued engineered out. We had a lot of feed back from the community regarding the lack of landscaping and thought it would be good to use some of that USDA money. It has been confusing because we had to rebuild some stormwater boulder pits so there are some water mitigation issues mixed in with the landscaping that make it look more than it was and actually was part of the original project.”

The landscaping was completed by Baldwin’s Landscaping and High Country Equipment while Rocky Mountain Flower Farm supplied the plants and trees.