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Hellgate High School  


Lisa Hendrix, Principal
Welcome to Smart Schools 2020, a system wide initiative to create school facilities that provide students with the security, technology and dynamic learning environment they need to achieve in school and in life. As your principal, I'm pleased to say that Hellgate High School is part of that initiative and is planning significant and much-needed changes over the next few years. 
Hellgate High School, a Missoula architectural landmark, has served the community for over 100 years.  The location remains its best feature -- near downtown and the University of Montana -- providing community support, site-based educational opportunities and increased student participation in higher education.
Our proposed option maintains location, architecture and history while providing an opportunity to upcycle an early 20th-century building into a green, sustainable school providing 21st-century education.  Hellgate will be an education showcase and model for the community, region and nation. 
In order to address these key issues, Hellgate High School has conducted a thorough evaluation process and is proposing an option that will reconfigure the entryway, renovate the existing gymnasium to its former glory, provide an expanded visual arts education center, update the heating system and update the wireless technology infrastructure. 
We invite you to learn more about the plan, and get involved in shaping the future of education for our children.  Please feel free to email or call me with questions.

The School Board has approved our preferred option, pending the passage of a facilities levy in 2015! Learn more about our goals and proposal>

Hellgate Redesign Information

  • We have a winner!

    Posted by Karen Swanson at 6/22/2016 4:45:00 PM

    MMW presented three concepts addressing our concerns of last week.  While all come much closer to both the budget and the bond requirements, one stands out because it solves both the centralized library/learning commons and circulation problems. MMW will further modify the proposal to meet issues raised by the persnickety Hellgate committee.  Because MMW architects are just as resolute to get it right, we're all hopeful you'll see the advantages of this new proposal.  We've attached a link to the images as presented today.  Let us know what you think!

      Hellgate Draft Plan

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  • Where we are

    Posted by Karen Swanson at 6/15/2016 3:00:00 PM

    We are so excited about the concepts presented by MMW, but that excitement is tempered by the realization that we won't be able to do it all. Deferred maintenance will, unfortunately, be taking more than  2/3 of the $23.8 budget awarded to Hellgate.  While we all love the idea of breathing clean air, not wearing coats in winter, and not roasting in spring and fall, we don't have as much money as we'd like for actual learning spaces.  Bond language dictates that deferred maintenance along with safety/security, technology updates, improved circulation/commons, and improved library/learning commons/great hall.  Any construction also demands ADA and Title IX comliance.  With that in mind, please consider the guiding questions we've used throughout this process:  

    What are the best features of the proposed concept?  

    What elements of the concept could be changed or strengthened?

    Any "must -haves" we overlooked? 

    It's a daunting task, but we feel up to the challenge with your help and support for these changes.  As the summer meetings progress, continue to watch this blog for updates.  EIT will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12-2 until we get the best plan we can afford.  Within the next week, expect visuals of possible on-budget diagrams of what Hellgate could look like.  


    Questions and comments?  Please email us!

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