Kennedy Elementary School Addition

butte, montana

After heavy snow damaged the portable classrooms at Kennedy School in Butte, SMA and Langlas & Associates were asked to step in and solve the need for lost space.  Working closely with the Butte School District, SMA designed a new 5,400 square foot addition that not only replaced the two classrooms that were damaged, but added a larger library and accessible restrooms.  The new addition connected seamlessly to the existing 1954 structure.

The building follows current 21st century learning principles for school design: flexible layouts, furniture for utility, integrated technology, and plenty of light-filled spaces. The rooms have plenty of natural light and bright spaces, with high windows in the hallway and classrooms.  Smart boards and computer stations are integrated throughout, and the classroom furniture is both utilitarian, modern, and flexible. The challenging site has not been altered from its original configuration and site disturbance was minimal.  The project included removal and redesign of the old staircase leading down to the playground, which provides a code-compliant exit path for students and teachers.

The exterior construction was designed for durability, clean lines and aesthetics, and years of maintenance-free life.  Smart mechanical systems are efficient and quiet, with a basement energy recovery ventilator that efficiently keeps the spaces warm during bitter cold winter periods.  The project was opened for occupancy in March of 2020.

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