CTA IN THE NEWS: Ideas for renovation [of Bigfork High School] become clearer

By: Travis Estvold
13 May 2015

From bigforkeagle.com:

The visioning group for the proposed high school renovation held its final workshop with CTA architects last Thursday and narrowed down the options to what they feel will best suit both Bigfork Schools, and voters’ pocketbooks. The group then presented the ideas to interested community members at a public meeting, where the overall attitude toward future renovation was positive….

Both options the visioning group preferred involve minor renovations to the gymnasium. The roof to the gym needs to be replaced, and the floor is on its last legs. The ceiling is also low, causing problems with sports like volleyball. At the previous meeting simply raising the roof had been suggested, but CTA architects consulted with an engineer who pointed out there is a three-foot crawl space underneath the gym, and it would be simpler, and less expensive to lower the floor….

Even as the group decided on options, they made suggestions and CTA architects adjusted the plans. “That’s the way this process works,” Nick Salmon with CTA said. “Changing until you come up with a very specific proposal.”



Main photos by Sally Finneran of the Bigfork Eagle: Community members look at possible layouts for a future renovation to Bigfork High School (left) and Bigfork school district superintendent Matt Jensen talks to community members about ideas for a potential renovation.

More photos from CTA’s Fran Quiram:


See also this follow-up article from flatheadbeacon.com:

Bigfork board selects renovation plan for high school
The Bigfork school board approved plans for a proposed renovation and addition of the high school during last week’s meeting. The seven-member Bigfork School District Board of Trustees on May 13 selected a project plan that would seek to add 23,260 square feet and upgrade another 46,890 square feet at the high school. Planners from CTA Architects Engineers estimated the renovation and addition could cost between $12 million and $14 million. CTA officials described the plan at last week’s meeting, calling it the “Agora option,” which translates to gathering place. A separate plan that was considered would have sought to build slightly more new space and likely cost more.


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