On September 6,
2016, the new middle school building in the Timberland development
opened its doors to students. The building was designed by Mahlum
Architects and built by Skanska USA.
The building will serve as a
"swing school" for Vose Elementary School this year, followed
by Hazeldale and William Walker and the Arts & Communication Magnet
Academy (ACMA), while those schools are demolished and rebuilt in
one-year sequences. It will also house middle school students from
Springville K-8 during 2016-2017 to help ease crowding at that campus.
school cost $61 million dollars to build and includes key features,
above seismic code requirements, of an essential Risk Category IV
facility, as outlined in the BSD Resilience Plan. It contains seismic
bracing, designed to withstand a major earthquake, as well as a
generator with a fuel capacity, and other features, that would allow the
facility to serve as an emergency shelter following an earthquake.
District worked with designers to make the building itself, a learning
tool. One of those steel x-braces was left exposed, to allow students to
learn how the building is engineered to withstand an earthquake.
Hundreds of solar panels are being installed on the roof, generating
more than 129,000 kWh per year. An interactive solar kiosk, courtesy of
the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, will use a secure iPad to
display solar data through a graphic panel. Also located on the roof is
an innovative weather monitoring station that will allow students to
monitor wind speed and direction.
Webcam: View the project from the Beaverton School District trailer in the staging area, located North of the parent/student pick-up/drop-off area. The view is directed South at the main building. The webcam is no longer active, but you can watch the project from start to finish.
Watch a time-lapse video of the progress.
Follow the progress of the new middle school on Facebook