Bigfork High School Renovation and Expansion, Montana Building, American Architecture Images

Bigfork High School Renovation and Expansion, Montana

Apr 22, 2020

Bigfork High School

Architects: Cushing Terrell

Location: Bigfork, Montana, USA

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Exemplifying a balance of form and function, the Bigfork High School remodel and expansion was driven by the existing site’s unique opportunities, characteristics, and systems. Proper planning, scheduling, budgeting, and careful coordination between design and construction allowed for the school to remain operational with minimal disruption to teaching and learning.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

In the completed project, a centralized “commons” area is the focal point of design, allowing space for congregation and event spillover, as well as serving as a central access point to new areas like the library, choir/band complex, expanded gym, student store, guidance counselor suite, and additional classrooms.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

The Cushing Terrell team partnered closely with Bigfork School District and community members through successful pre-bond planning and bond promotion, design, and construction administration. The building itself was both durable and resilient with structural components and masonry that had stood for 50 years and deserved to live at least that much longer again.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Of the existing 48,500 sq. ft. high school, 7,000 sq. ft. was selectively demolished. The remaining 41,500 sq. ft. was abated, remodeled, and expanded by another 36,000 sq. ft. For the first time in over 60 years of remodels and additions, every door hardware set, wall and floor finish, glazing system, and roof is of the same type, vintage, and style.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

The opportunity the district had before them included maintaining a unified campus where their entire district resided on a single site with a rare adjacency to the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. The effort resulted in increased capacity while preserving open space that provides for outdoor learning with expansive views of Flathead Lake.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Safety and security were also paramount. A number of “front doors” were simplified to one, and the relocation of the administration adjacent to an enlarged commons not only serves as the unifying heart of the building’s plan but provides for visibility and access control.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

The commons creates a place to gather after events and to eat lunch, while also organizing the new library, choir and band complex, expanded gymnasium and weight training facility, and the classroom core. New programming also positioned around the commons includes the community room, student store, an a la carte area that is convertible into concessions, a new warming kitchen and serving area, and a guidance counselor suite.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Exemplifying the balance of form and function, the Bigfork High School remodel and expansion was driven by the opportunities and unique characteristics of the existing site, building, and systems. Proper planning, coordination between design and construction, scheduling, budgeting, and choreography of the trades allowed for the school to remain operational with minimal disruption to teaching and learning.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Bigfork High School in Montana – Building Information

Architecture: Cushing Terrell

Size
High School Building: 77,760 sq. ft.
Bus Barn: 5,200 sq. ft.
Lot size: 32.52 acres

Cushing Terrell Project Team
Architecture: Cushing Terrell
Interior Design: Cushing Terrell
Structural Engineer: Cushing Terrell
Mechanical Engineer: Cushing Terrell
Electrical Engineer: Cushing Terrell
Landscape Architect: Cushing Terrell

Consultant Team
Big Sky Acoustics, LLC
H-C Design & Consulting, LLC
TD&H Engineering, Inc.
Vemco Inc.
Cushing Terrell Construction & Environmental, LLC
EAN Services, LLC
Steel Encounters, Inc.
Exclusive Finishes, Inc.

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

* Cushing Terrell Team Names/Roles
Design team:
Shane Jacobs, T
Alan Petersen – Architect
Frances Quiram – Architect
Frederick Dickinson – Architect
Casey O’Harren T– Architect in Training
Trent Schwartzkopf, – CADD Tech
Sawyer Arneson-Nelson – CADD Tech,
Alan Taylor T, – CADD Tech
Scott Galli, – CADD Tech
Michael Kaufman, – CADD Tech,
David Koel – Design Professional
Shawn Pauly – Design Professional
Corey Johnson, Education VM Leader/Architect
David Mitchell, Government VM Leader/Project Manager/Architect
Robbie Mathiason, Administrative Assistant

Interior Designer:
Catherine Jakes T – Interior Designer
Madeline Rajtar, Interior Designer
Erika Wurtele, Interior Designer

Structural Engineer: Zachary Diede, Structural Engineer Sr

Mechanical Engineer:
Richard Baars T,- Mechanical Designer
Jeremy Wilson, Mechanical Designer
Eric Ransom, Mechanical Designer
Ronald McLean III, Mechanical Designer
Gerry Nichols-Pagel, Mechanical Engineer
Nathan Ratz, Mechanical Engineer
Spencer Shepard, Mechanical Engineer

Electrical Engineer:
Deanna Lindsley – Electrical Designer
Carl Maehl,- Electrical Engineer

Landscape Architecture:
Ezra Williams T- Landscape Architect
Meghan McMahon T, Landscape Architect

Others:
Steven Bingham, Fire Protection Engineer
Ryan Markuson, Senior Tech
Kaleb Mitchell T, Intern

Bigfork High School Renovation Expansion Montana

Photographer: Heidi Long

Bigfork High School Renovation and Expansion, Montana images / information received 220420

Location: BigforkBigfork, Montana, USA

Montana Buildings

Contemporary Architecture in Montana

Montana Buildings

Confluence House, Whitefish, Rocky Mountains, northwest Montana
Architects: CTA | Cushing Terrell
Confluence House Whitefish Montana
photograph : Karl Neumann
Confluence House, Whitefish

Cookhouse, Whitefish, Rocky Mountains, northwest Montana
Design: Fernau and Hartman Architects
Cookhouse Park County Montana
photograph : Richard Barnes
Cookhouse in Park County, Montana

Big Timber Riverside House
Design: Hughesumbanhowar Architects
Big Timber Riverside
photograph : Gibeon Photography
Big Timber Riverside House in Montana

Domo, Tippet Rise Art Center
Design: Ensamble Studio
Domo, designed by Ensamble Studio, installed at Tippet Rise Art Center
photo by Erik Petersen. Courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center
Tippet Rise Art Center Buildings in Montana

Tippet Rise Art Center Montana

Tippet Rise Art Center Building Design by Francis Kéré architect

American Houses

American Architecture

Minnesota Architecture

Comments / photos for the Bigfork High School Renovation and Expansion, Montana page welcome

Website: Montana