Franklin Elementary Addition & Remodel

People don’t realize – it’s not just about putting in studs and laying concrete foundations,” McWilliams said. “There’s so much more logistics to it. We’re impacting hundreds of kids and a ton of staff and the community.” –Missoula Public Schools operations and maintenance supervisor Burley McWilliams to The Missoulian.

100-year-old Missoula elementary school gets much needed makeover

Just days after students, staff and the community celebrated Franklin Elementary School’s 100th year, all but the gym was demolished to make way for a 55,230-sf structural steel remodel addition. The new two-story school provides better safety and security needs with a revised main entrance area and grade layouts. With “21st Century learning” at the core of its design, the new school building now offers a media center and one-and-a-half story library, along with several additional classrooms.

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Missoula, Montana
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PK-12, Seismic/Adaptive Renovation
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Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • Moveable partitions in classrooms allow teachers to create more space and different learning environments
  • The new addition nearly doubles the building’s student capacity

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