“This school is among the best I’ve ever seen as far as school safety and emergency design. I wish every school [entrance] in the country could be designed like this.”

—Don Moseman, North Dakota Safety Council Master Trainer

The Williams County Public School District #8 school board approved plans for a new facility that replaced the Stony Creek Middle School. Phase I consisted of a core 22,400 SF structure housing a gymnasium, kitchen, cafeteria, administrative offices, library, STEAM, FACS, and music classrooms as well as 12,750 SF including an eight room middle school classroom wing. The construction of the core facility allows for expansion if the District should continue to grow. Around 300 students in grades four through eight started school on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Missouri Ridge.

Phase II consisted of a 19,700 SF eight room elementary classroom wing and multi-purpose gymnasium.

On April 29, 2019, the District 8 School Board voted to proceed with construction of Phase III of the Missouri Ridge School which consisted of a four-room middle school classroom wing and staff offices.

The design intent of the school was to promote a Williams County School District #8 Prototype by using a palette of colors and exterior materials including brick, sandblasted concrete and colored metal panels that will be used in potential future district schools.

The intent of the original multi-year masterplan of this facility was to build the core function and middle school portion of the project followed by the elementary addition within a five-year period. However, growth in student population called for both the middle school and elementary school building projects to be done in tandem. This required the design and construction documents of the elementary addition to be produced within one month.

Construction management at risk including construction cost estimating and construction scheduling was performed by FCI Constructors, Inc. for the duration of this project.

Watch the newscast that covered the Design for School Safety Workshop held at this school construction site by KX News