Article by: Hilary Matheson in the Daily Interlake 12/8/2017
The Bigfork High School $14 million addition and renovation was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Construction started in May 2016 and was anticipated to be completed by January, but was finished a week before Thanksgiving with approximately $90,000 remaining in a contingency fund.
“It’s pretty remarkable to come in and be ahead of schedule and under budget — and capture what we wanted to accomplish,” said Bigfork Superintendent Matt Jensen.
This achievement took an “extremely good team” said Project Superintendent Mark Casalegno of Hammerquist Casalegno, who himself is a Bigfork High School graduate. In addition to Hammerquist and school district staff, the team included CTA architects.
Hammerquist Casalegno continues striving to create an efficient and safe work environment. We have weekly safety meetings and set the bar very high for all our employees! We recently had a certification class on the use of Hilti Powder actuated tools. This was a mandatory safety training course provided to us by Bob from MaCon in order to use these specific tools on the work site.
By CLARE MENZEL- News & Features Flathead Beacon
BIGFORK - The windows in teacher Stormy Taylor's classroom at Bigfork High School overlook Flathead Lake. Wide and south facing, they frame exactly the kind of scene that draws the wandering eyes of daydreaming high school students.
“It’s a beautiful view,” Taylor said at a Jan. 6 open house that showcased the school’s ongoing $14 million renovation. She smiled at the lake, which shone under the evening’s setting sun. “Students have been peeking out.”
But there’s a lot going on inside the classroom, too, which is one of eight new rooms that teachers began moving into this January as part of the makeover at Bigfork’s lone high school.
Last fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a bond approving the $14 million project. In addition to the new classrooms, the bond is funding development of a new bus barn with space for both the transportation and maintenance departments, separate locker rooms for physical education classes and athletic teams, a new band room with better acoustics and soundproofed practice rooms, and a community room. There will also be a host of updates to the gymnasium, library, foyer, and heating and cooling system.
Ahead of schedule and on budget, the project is already benefiting students.
The past, present, and future success of Hammerquist Casalegno is a direct result of our employees’ skills and passion put forth to fulfill our clients’ expectations on each and every project. We believe the best construction learning environment is in the field with a hands-on, practical approach to training and skill development under the mentorship of experienced professionals. Hammerquist Casalegno recognizes there are numerous options available to people interested in joining the construction trades. One of these options is carpentry, the core trade at the center of any commercial construction project. Of all the construction trades, carpentry is one of the most challenging as it requires one of the broadest skill sets including demolition; structural concrete forming, pouring, and finishing; floor, wall, and roof system framing; wood, composite, and metal siding; roofing; windows and doors; specialties; and finish carpentry. Carpenters construct the backbone, coordinate the inner details, and put many of the finishing touches on commercial building projects. Exceptional carpentry is clearly evident during construction and in the finished product. We believe it does not take great effort to produce mediocre products and service, a common result in our industry. We believe it does take great effort, dedication, and passion to be an exceptional carpenter. This is what we foster at Hammerquist Casalegno, a dedicated and continual effort to hone exceptional employees providing exceptional products and service to our clients and stakeholders our projects.
Recognizing our employees as the key to our continued success, Hammerquist Casalegno remains committed to the development of our employees. The Hammerquist Casalegno Carpenter Apprenticeship Program is a four-year program designed to attract, train, develop, and retain the best carpenters in our area. The program is fully funded by Hammerquist Casalegno, leaving no cost to the employee. The two primary elements to the program involve the core part of the program centered around hands-on learning in the field under guidance and mentorship of our superintendents, foremen, and lead carpenters. A supplemental carpentry textbook is the basis for the classroom instruction and testing portion of the program to deepen and broaden the knowledge base of our craftsmen.
By Beacon Staff
Craggy Range Bar & Grill in Whitefish reopened June 14 after an extensive remodel.
“We are excited to reveal Craggy’s new gastropub-inspired menu and interior. Hammerquist Casalegno Construction and CTA Group have helped us create an entirely new feel and design that has elevated the operational flow of the restaurant and allowed us to meet and even exceed current industry trends,” said Brad Ridgeway, Glacier Restaurany Group president.
During the renovation, an historical wall of hand-painted sign art on cinder blocks was revealed. The wall art includes local family names going back three and four generations in Whitefish, including the Goble and Sillaker families. The wall now serves as a focal point to the centrally located bar, home to a large flat screen TV which covers an old window cut-out in the center of the historical find.
In addition to the hand-painted sign art, some other unique and edgy additions are the garage-style front windows, the longest frost bar in Montana and an upgraded stage area for live music.