MISSOULA — Contractors are making quick progress on one of the largest building "recycling" projects in Missoula this year.
In fact, some of Missoula County Public Schools' administrative programs should be operating there by the end of this year.
After a few years of debating what to do with the old Missoula College campus, staff and trustees finally approved a plan to renovate the space that had been turned back to MCPS by the Montana University System -- and that work is already proceeding at a quick pace.
Contractors gutted what little was left inside the two college buildings, and are doing an entirely new layout to handle everything from business operations to district staff training and specialty programs -- roughly 70,000 square feet in all.
"Yeah, you know this project has went along pretty quickly. We've had a couple of setbacks with a couple of code things. We had to upgrade. These buildings are fairly old. So once we got into some walls we kind of identified some things. We're doing pretty good though," MCPS Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Burley Williams said. "I think we should be running completion sometime this September-October is our completion date. And we're pretty excited to move in there."