City announces architectural awards

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The city of Kalispell on Monday will recognize the best architecture completed within the city over the past two years.

The Kalispell Architectural Review Committee has selected four recipients for its annual awards program. Projects selected for the awards were developed in 2013 and 2014.

“A lot of what they looked at was overall appearance, trying to bring the entire site together by incorporating the landscape, parking design and signage with the building and its surroundings,” Kalispell Planner P.J. Sorensen said.

The review committee looked at projects across a two-year time frame. There are three general categories, but the review committee looked for four projects that caught their eye within that timeframe.

  •  Kalispell Kidds Pediatric Dentistry at 1252 North Meridian was  selected as the best newly constructed building. The building features stonework around the building’s exterior, with wood trim framing each facade. The dental office also has two front doors; a swinging glass door and a short, red wooden door meant for children, to add a safe, fun environment.

“The small red door, where children can walk in and out makes it stand out quite a bit,” Sorensen said.

The architecture was completed by Jackola Engineering and Architecture of Kalispell. Hammerquist Casalegno LLC, of Kalispell, completed construction within the last year.

  •  Three Rivers Bank at 233 East Idaho St. was selected for the best addition for the construction work done to the back of the building, seamlessly linking to the existing facade. The stonework is complemented by a wall of windows adjacent to the front door, welcoming customers from the back of the building.

“When looking at remodels for the awards, they’re looking at how well the addition blends into the original,” Sorensen said. “They did a really good job of bringing that together.”

Several years ago, Sorensen said, the bank had an aged style and was modernized after a few different projects. The newest addition was the only project on the bank considered for the award.

CTA Architects Engineers of Kalispell designed the addition, while Hammerquist Casalegno led the construction.

  •  The Radiation Oncology building at 343 Sunnyview Lane and The Rock medical office building across the street, at 350 Heritage Way, were also awarded as a dual project for the best remodel.

The two separate buildings attracted the review committee as two hospital projects that coordinated together, Sorensen said.

“It was kind of adding to the theme of adding a campus feel up in the hospital area, and it was a good example of keeping those goals in mind while they were designing the project.”

Kalispell Regional Medical Center operates the radiation oncology facility, Sorensen said, while the medical center was involved with the The Rock, a conglomerate of medical offices.

Marcello Pieretto of Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s design and construction department designed the Radiation Oncology building, and CTA Architects Engineers designed The Rock. Swank Enterprises built both facilities.

Sorensen said CTA and Jackola have both won awards for architecture in the past. The official award presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday during the Kalispell City Council meeting at City Hall.

Reporter Seaborn Larson can be reached at 758-4441 or by email at




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