CTA IN THE NEWS: C.M. Russell High School breaks ground on additions

By: Travis Estvold
15 September 2017

From greatfallstribune.com:

New construction work is underway at C.M. Russell High. In just 13 months, students and the community will be able to utilize the school’s new multipurpose athletic space, additional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classrooms, and upgrades to Pride Field and Track in addition to several infrastructure, safety, and technology needs.

“Being a proud alumnus, I feel comfortable standing in this gym but comfortable isn’t the right word for today,” Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey said as she addressed a crowd at the CMR Fieldhouse on Wednesday. “I am downright giddy.” The $98.8 million bond levy, approved by voters last October, allotted nearly $53 million for the district’s high schools. The CMR projects are budgeted to cost $11.3 million.

Smaller projects include repairs and upgrades to fire alarms, mechanical systems, plumbing, the elevator, foundation repairs, partial window replacements, sidewalk repair and partial locker and bleacher replacements. The new facilities were designed by CTA Architects and will be constructed by Talcott Construction.

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TONY HOUTZ, CTA PROJECT MANAGER

“The market is demanding a different skill set from graduates than it has in the past. Students now must be creative, able to invent and problem-solve in real-time, and have team leadership experience in order to excel. The additions to CMR serve as a testimony to the collaborative nature of the faculty and a spirit of innovation within the student body. It has the potential to change the current campus and really provide the students, staff, and community with an asset that can be utilized in innumerable ways.”

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