Copperforge Underground awarded field work

by Chris Peterson
Editor | May 20, 2020 6:56 AM

A relative newcomer to the world of heavy construction in the Flathead Valley was awarded a contract to construct new soccer and other fields between Ruder Elementary School and the junior high school.

Copperforge Underground of Kalispell was given an approximately $961,000 contractor to landscape and build the fields by the School District 6 board.

“We did a lot of due diligence on them,” the school’s project manager Dow Powell told the board last week.

It turns out that the company has individuals that previously worked on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Boardmember Barb Riley said the company also recently did a project at Meadow Lake Resort, where she sells real estate, and it was well done.

Work on the fields should begin soon.

Work on the Ruder remodel project should start in the coming weeks, Powell noted. Lead contractor Swank Construction was beginning the bid process for various parts of that project. Designers and school transportation staff were still working on the new Glacier Gateway School project.

There’s still some parking issues that need to be ironed out.

A final design for Gateway is expected by this fall.