Crittenton chooses Dick Anderson Construction for the renovation of the new campus


Florence Crittenton officials said Monday they have selected Dick Anderson Construction as the general contractor and construction manager to complete the renovation of their new campus on Cooney Drive in Helena.

Renovation is expected to begin in February with the daycare floor, followed by residential programs and finally the administrative and community services wing.

Carrie Krepps, executive director of Florence Crittenton Family Services, said in an email that they were still in the final design phase of the project, so fixed costs are not available.

“Based on the current design and the estimates made on those designs, we expect the full renovations (including design, engineering and construction) to be in the range of $4.75 million to 5, $6 million,” she said.

In December, Crittenton announced that he had purchased a 28,294 square foot building on 3.75 acres at 3404 Cooney Drive from Paul and Kelly Arneson for $2.5 million. The property has two houses and a duplex. The campus served as the office of the Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation and, at one time, the county hospital. Building already has Wi-Fi, wiring and Internet access, a security system, air conditioning and a generator, officials said.

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What started as a quest to find more space turned into the nonprofit group’s purchase of a 28,294-square-foot, 3.75-acre building at 3404 Cooney Drive from Paul and Kelly Arneson for $2.5 million.

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Crittenton offers residential treatment programs for women and children, outpatient clinical services and home visiting programs for families, and early childhood education programs. So far, their programs have operated in three facilities across Helena. Officials said the organization and the families they serve will greatly benefit from co-located services with this new campus.

Crittenton worked with Slate Architecture and engineering firms in Helena to define the scope of the project and ensure it met the needs of the organization’s growing programs.

Krepps said Crittenton was thrilled to accompany Anderson on this project.

“The renovation is a critical step in moving to a single campus and we needed a company that had the capability and experience to meet the demands of this project,” she said in a statement.

Bob Heberly, Vice President of Dick Anderson Construction, said this project will have a big impact on the Helena community and his company, founded in 1975, is happy to be a part of it.

“This project and what they are doing is very personal to me. As a child, our family supported many mothers and families in Florence Crittenton,” he said, adding that he remembered his family hosting birthdays and holidays with many families.

The ‘Project Sunshine’ campaign to complete the renovations continues and information can be found at

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