Whitefish Middle School

Whitefish, Montana

  • FIRM

    Architects West, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Whitefish School District

  • AREA

    100,362 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $14,112,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2006

Whitefish Middle School is a historic building in Whitefish, Mont. The architects provided bond assistance to the district in spring 2003; the bond passed on its first attempt.

The scope of work was to provide about 16,362 square feet of renovations and 84,000 square feet of additions to the existing facility while maintaining its historic features and facade. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMJ. Constenius Architects, Ltd.CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$140.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio project is a 100,362-square-foot, two-story structure with construction of steel post and beam, steel stud infill, brick veneer, concrete floor and a PVC membrane roof.

The urban site had tight design constraints. The original site was bisected by a city street that has since been abandoned, thereby offering redevelopment opportunities for connecting the gymnasium and classroom buildings. The site, now functioning cohesively, was knitted together through a network of walkways and landscape areas. Streetside dropoffs for parents and buses improve safety and convenience.

Hard-surface play areas and a secured courtyard adjacent to the library offer additional site amenities.