Press release from Kampgrounds of America:
BILLINGS, Mont. (March 29, 2022) – Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) is building a new headquarters in Billings, MT. The announcement of the new headquarters coincides with KOA’s celebration of 60 years of industry-leading operations in Montana’s Yellowstone Valley.
Since the first KOA opened on the banks of the Yellowstone River in 1962, the company’s international headquarters have been located in Billings. Now the largest network of private campgrounds in the world with over 525 locations, the new building will maintain KOA’s connection to Billings and the greater Montana community as a leader in the outdoor and travel industries.
“KOA has a long history and a bright future in Billings,” said Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America. “Our new headquarters will not only be a celebration of KOA’s success, but it will also strengthen our connection to the city as we continue to grow our roots in a meaningful way. »
Located in Billing’s West End Transtech Center, the building will feature subtle nods to KOA’s rich history while celebrating the bright and innovative future of camping and outdoor hospitality. The new headquarters will also reflect the surrounding landscape of hills, rimrocks and grassy plains, a nod to KOA’s belief in the importance of the great outdoors.
Designed by A&E in Billings, the building will feature flexible workspaces that promote high performance and reflect fluid business needs. These influences will be seen throughout the building, including reconfigurable and collapsible office walls, flexible workspaces, and intentional office locations that reinforce the connection with nature.
Further improving flexibility and efficiency, a raised floor system will allow KOA to easily reconfigure the building to meet future needs. Ventilation and climate control will be addressed throughout the office and common areas using state-of-the-art daylighting and energy modeling software to ensure the comfort of employees and visitors.
Outside, KOA will celebrate its connection to nature with a seasonal “creek bed” that will facilitate stormwater drainage and provide sustainable irrigation for landscaping. An activity lawn, a large patio with a fire pit, and other outdoor spaces will provide ample opportunity for employees to function as outdoor meeting spaces.
“The connection to nature has been an essential part of the design of our new building,” O’Rourke said. “One of our company’s beliefs is that there are intrinsic health benefits to being in nature and we want this to extend to our workspaces. We envision our new headquarters not only as a space that produces good work, but also creates a work environment that promotes health and sustainability.
Sustainability will be a theme throughout the building through environmentally friendly building practices and materials. KOA is seeking a LEED rating for the building.
KOA begins construction of its new international headquarters in February. An official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on April 8, 2022. Completion of the building is scheduled for the first half of 2023.