Bigfork school officials are welcoming the public to attend a community tour of the high school, which is undergoing a major renovation. The public event is Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. at the high school. School leaders will provide an update on $14 million multi-year makeover of Bigfork High School. An estimated 30,000 square feet of new space will be built onto the existing building. Other spaces will be renovated and upgraded to modern safety standards. The school was able to add an additional 6,000 square feet, which will include building a multi-use room that could host community events. “We’d like to show the community the progress we’ve already made and explain what the upcoming progress will look like,” Matt Jensen, Bigfork schools superintendent, said.
SHANE JACOBS, PROJECT MANAGER:
“This project is undoubtedly the most complicated remodel and addition I’ve ever worked on. We’re moving major utilities, abating hazardous materials, uncovering unknowns, shuffling building uses, mixing construction methods, and doing it all over the course of a school year and two summers. We’re touching three buildings and a significant portion of the district’s site in five different phases and constantly problem solving as the project evolves and construction emerges.
This project has been a fantastic opportunity for Bigfork High School to review multiple eras of previous construction and unify building systems, interior finishes, door hardware, and the like while creating more capacity for their growing enrollment and adapting their current facility into a 21st Century Learning Environment.”