Powell County High School

Project overview

Powell County passed a $4.6 million bond to fund energy upgrades and a remodel/addition at the existing historic Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. The project was led by the energy service company Ameresco with CWG providing architectural, interior, and structural design for the remodel/addition aspects of the project.


  • CWG worked closely with Ameresco and Powell County High School to monitor budget and value engineering during design to incorporate clients functional and energy savings goals into the design.  
  • The project construction was completed during the summer months, allowing students to resume school in the fall.


The new west entrance, which is used daily by students and the public during events, was designed to provide an inviting space which includes a student lounge area with an abundance of natural daylight. The student lounge features a tiered seating area and an outdoor covered patio with additional seating. The lounge and exterior plaza provide space for people to congregate before and after sporting events.

The main hall was renovated to enhance the original school’s 1918 architecture. With new entry doors, refinished woodwork, new flooring, and wall finishes, the main hall now offers a vibrant circulation space for students, faculty, and visitors.