Missoula Public


When Missoula County brought on DAC to lead construction for their new public library, there was more in mind than a big room for books. The building is striking and unique, four stories of exposed, post tensioned concrete, steel, and plenty of large glass windows to capitalize on the natural light. A large, central staircase serves as the centerpiece of the building, supported with tube steel stringers and no intermediates, to give the impression of floating. The fourth floor houses a community center and meeting rooms for up to 270 people, while the third is an adult floor, sporting a demonstration kitchen as well as the usual books and periodicals. The second is the kids floor, and the first houses a cafe, maker space, and computer lab. Originally conceived as a steel structure, DAC pivoted smoothly to concrete when budget complications threatened a loss of the fourth floor.
Project Facts
Completed: October 2020
Project Budget: $28.7 Million
Square Feet: 116,000
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DAC has done a great job communicating with the design team early in the process to avoid delays and mistakes. It has been a good working relationship with the DAC team. I appreciate it very much!
CWG Architecture - Project Manager
The key attributes of the Dick Anderson team are their capabilities, work effort, and ability to manage.
Danny Kaluza — Director of Support Services
I believe we hired… the best general contractor in the entire Northwest.
Marvin Kraft — Project Manager
The DAC Team was a true partner in every sense of the word.
Keith Rupert — Sr. Architect
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