Whitefish High School Design Plans Unveiled

By Beacon Staff

Three alternative design plans for an upgraded high school in Whitefish are now available for public viewing and input.

The proposals range in price from $16.9-19.5 million. Each calls for 116,000 square feet in total area, with varying degrees of new construction and renovation of existing space.

Members of the public can view the proposals’ details and planning process at www.whitefishhighschoolfuture.com. The site contains an online questionnaire and contact information for the public to send their suggestions.

Also, beginning on Aug. 24, an informational booth will be set up at every Tuesday farmer’s market in downtown Whitefish.

Representatives from the project’s planning team will give a presentation to the entire school faculty and students on Sept. 22. The lead engineer from Seattle’s DLR Group will be present. Project coordinators will also give other public presentations in September.

DLR Group and Kalispell’s Jackola Engineering and Architecture are heading the architectural plans. Steeplechase Development Advisors of Whitefish is guiding the planning process and facilitating communications with the public.

Chris Kelsey, of Steeplechase, said public input will be taken through the fall and then as long as necessary to gather the appropriate amount of information. Then the team will integrate the input into a single design plan.

“The timeline is driven by what it takes to touch as many people as possible,” Kelsey said. “When we feel that we’ve got a large percentage of the community to respond, we’ll move on to the next step.”