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Powder Light Multi-Family Housing


Like many ski resort areas, Big Sky is facing a housing shortage for both local residents and seasonal workers. “Big Sky has a housing crisis,” said Bayard Dominick, VP of planning and development for local developer Lone Mountain Land Company (LMLC). “This project is one of many that it's going to take to put a dent in our need.”

Like many isolated mountain regions, conventional housing construction is hampered by a short building season and labor/trades availability. That's why LMLC turned to Nashua Builders to deliver a reliable, cost-effective solution by fabricating the modular units offsite in our Boise manufacturing facility.

  • Schedule acceleration. Nashua's environmentally-controlled, 154,000 square foot Boise plant allowed us to build the units indoors—without worrying about snow and ice delaying construction. Phase 1 modules—up to 80% complete including interiors—were installed in just days in the early part of December, 2021 and will be ready in the summer of 2022 for the upcoming ski season. Phase 2 will come online in 2023.

  • Budget certainty. Building indoors—where it's always sunny and dry—prevented the costly materials spoilage that's not uncommon in upper elevations. Further, our year-round, in-place workforce avoided expensive delays caused by variable labor and trade schedules.

  • Minimal site impact. By completing most of the construction in Boise, Nashua greatly reduced disruptions for residents of Big Sky, with hundreds of fewer deliveries and contractor trips along Lone Mountain Trail.

Powder Light will ultimately have 48 apartments of varying configurations, adding 448 beds to the housing stock. Amenities will include a fitness room, covered bike storage, onsite waste disposal and recycling, a 72-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to heat water, a picnic pavilion overlooking the West Fork of the Gallatin River and a Skyline bus stop.

Workforce Housing
Big Sky, MT
48 apartments
3 stories over basement
95,700 square feet
359 Design
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