Crews Break Ground on New Muldown Elementary School

Superintendent thanks community support in bringing “historic project” to fruition

By Beacon Staff
Rendering of new Muldown Elementary School. Courtesy of LPW Architecture

Crews broke ground on construction of the new Muldown Elementary School on July 18, a day after the city of Whitefish approved design plans for the much-anticipated school.

“We are excited to begin construction on the new Muldown Elementary School and appreciate the support of the Whitefish community to help make this historic project happen,” said Heather Davis Schmidt, superintendent of Whitefish School District.

Whitefish voters passed a $26.5 million bond last October to build the new elementary school and demolish portions of the existing school, which for years has dealt with aging infrastructure and overcrowding.

Construction begins on the new Muldown Elementary School in Whitefish on July 19. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon

Muldown is the largest elementary school in Montana with roughly 700 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The new two-story school, slated to open for the 2020 school year, will be able to accommodate up to 800 students. It’s located on the corner of Seventh Street and Pine Avenue, west of the current elementary and south of the high school.

In April, the school district approved Martel Construction, which has offices in Bigfork, Missoula and Bozeman, as the project’s general contractor and construction manager. Great Falls-based LPW Architecture has overseen design and planning.

“Our youngest students and our staff will benefit from the new high-quality learning environment — one that is safe, healthy, and provides opportunities for meaningful learning,” Davis Schmidt said.

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