McDonald Building

A community treasure reborn.

McDonald Building

ARCHITECTURE   |   INTERIORS   |   BRANDING

Constructed in 1908, the McDonald Building has played a role in the city of Billings for over a century. A renovation transformed the historic property into a contemporary mixed-use development as part of the city’s plan for urban renewal. The main level and second floor mezzanine serve as office space for A&E, with an additional 800 sf of leasable tenant space, while the upper floors offer loft-style, luxury apartments. The interior design brings a sophisticated, modern approach that sets a new standard for a community that is desperately seeking more downtown development. To create an open office environment, the existing interior was stripped while original brick walls and concrete beams were preserved to add texture and character to the modern design.

McDonald Building

A community treasure reborn.

ARCHITECTURE
INTERIORS

Constructed in 1908, the McDonald Building has played a role in the city of Billings for over a century. A renovation transformed the historic property into a contemporary mixed-use development as part of the city’s plan for urban renewal. The main level and second floor mezzanine serve as office space for A&E, with an additional 800 sf of leasable tenant space, while the upper floors offer loft-style, luxury apartments. The interior design brings a sophisticated, modern approach that sets a new standard for a community that is desperately seeking more downtown development. To create an open office environment, the existing interior was stripped while original brick walls and concrete beams were preserved to add texture and character to the modern design.

Sparking urban renewal through revitalization

Located on a key intersection in the Central Business District, the McDonald Building’s dynamic transformation breathed new life into the neighborhood and inspired other design-focused businesses to join the block, initiating a new Design District in downtown Billings.

Reinstating historic beauty

A primary design goal was to restore the building’s exterior to its historic façade. Layers of paint were removed to reveal original brick underneath, which was salvaged through repair and accented by a decorative cornice.

A workplace environment made for creative minds

The design integrates elements that provide more than just style, but workplace culture. Thoughtfully selected features inspire creativity, including flexible workstations, movable furniture, and a glowing neon sign with the firm’s mantra – “Create Impact”.