Sato Elementary School opened as the District's 34th elementary school in September 2017. Sato was designed as a prototype school by DLR Group Architects. Vose, Hazeldale and William Walker elementary schools will all have the same design.
Sato has a capacity of 750 students. The 87,200-square foot school includes 32 classrooms, 9 additional teaching spaces, a stage, teaching area in the library and a dividable gym. It was built by Skanska USA.
The District originally planned to build the new school in the North Bethany area during the 2017-2018 school year, but moved construction up a year due to growth and overcrowding.
The school's name pays tribute to the Sato's, a Japanese-American family who came to the area in 1926 and farmed on in the area. Their four children graduated from Beaverton High School.
During World War II, the Sato Family was sent to the Minidoka Internment Center for three years. Two sons, Shin and Roy, enlisted in the military. Shin died in combat in 1944. Roy was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart. The Sato family is buried in the Bethany Presbyterian Church cemetery on Kaiser Road.
Funding: 2014 Bond
Schedule: 05/2016 - 08/2017
Opened September 2017 as the District’s 34th elementary school
Architect: DLR Group; General Contractor: Skanska USA
87,200 square foot building with 750-student capacity
Solar panels generate 82 kW; 20% of what the building uses; enough power to support 8 average U.S. homes
Abundant natural light and constant fresh outside air to all classrooms
Reinforced structure allows immediate occupancy after a seismic event
Centrally located gym, commons and courtyard provide large venue for school and community events
Features to highlight the building as a learning tool throughout