CTA IN THE NEWS: Helena architects release initial designs for new Bryant School

By: Travis Estvold
1 November 2017

From ktvh.com:

Helena School District leaders have provided the first views of what the new Bryant Elementary School could look like. This week, the district released initial drawings from Mosaic Architecture and CTA Architects Engineers, the firms designing the new building. The facility would be built behind the current school, facing Livingston Avenue. The building would be two stories, with an enclosed walkway to an attached gym.

District leaders say students will be able to stay in the current building while construction is underway. If the project goes smoothly, they hope to open the new Bryant in time for the 2019 school year. The new building will sit where the school field is currently located. One wing will be next to the current building, where three houses sit today. The school district is in the process of purchasing those neighboring lots.

The current Bryant building is nearly 80 years old. School leaders say they have to deal with overcrowded rooms, leaking roofs and heavily corroded pipes. It’s also the only school in the district with a gym that isn’t attached to the main building. Bryant is one of three elementary schools that will be replaced after Helena voters approved a $63 million dollar bond in May. Architects have already released early designs of the new Jim Darcy Elementary. Initial drawings for the new Central School will be unveiled next week at a community meeting.

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DAVID KOEL, CTA DESIGN PRINCIPAL

“CTA’s team has been fortunate to again collaborate with Mosaic Architecture on designs for Helena’s new Bryant Elementary. It’s always fun when you can provide additional benefit to a client by blurring the lines between competition and partnership!

The existing facility is outdated and in a tight location, so the joint team has proposed unique solutions with a goal of renovating the site, but also creating opportunities for the stellar education within to be presented in a manner consistent with 21st century learning environments. In all, we hope Bryant can become a source of inspiration for students and faculty alike going forward.”

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