Safer Schools, Healthier Communities

As part of their vision to completely remove lead from the drinking water in all school buildings, the Kalispell School District hired Morrison-Maierle to design a solution for removing and replacing the contaminated plumbing, piping, and fixtures at Cornelius Hedges Elementary.

This multi-layered project involved robust testing for hazardous materials in the school’s pipes, flooring, wall installations, architectural finishes, insulation, and paint. After pinpointing the specific areas causing the contamination, Morrison-Maierle engineers worked hand in hand with the school district and their testing agency to develop construction documents to solve the issue.

The plan involved selectively removing the contaminated plumbing piping and fixtures while retaining the clean parts of the system. We competitively bid the project out to get the best price and provided construction oversight to ensure a quality final product.