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Webcam - watch the progress of the new William Walker Elementary School

William Walker Elementary School is the third of four schools to be replaced as part of the District's $680 million construction bond approved by voters in May 2014. The current structure, built in 1959, will be torn down and replaced with a modern, 87,200 sq.ft., two-story building that will hold 750 students and will open in the fall of 2019. 

The District is working closely with DLR Group Architects on the design of the facility, as well as with the City of Beaverton, on a site plan that meets the city's development requirements. The same design will be used as a prototype for Hazeldale Elementary, Vose Elementary and Sato Elementary. The General Contractor will be Kirby Nagelhout, who is also rebuilding Hazeldale Elementary School. 

The rebuild of William Walker Elementary School has posed a few challenges for the District. BSD has been working to coordinate the rebuild of the school with a complete rebuild of the adjacent Cedar Hills Park in partnership with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD). The coordinated project will allow for additional access to the school site from Cedar Hills Blvd. as well as new fields and other open space for school and community use. By timing the work to occur concurrently, we avoid a lengthy disruption to the area and there may be possible cost savings through coordinated construction efforts.  

The opportunity, however, has created a challenge in syncing up timing with THPRD.

Due to an accumulation of delays it became apparent that concurrent construction wouldn't be able to take place on the original timeline (2017-18, for open in Sept of 2018). As a result, the work was postponed by one year. This will give BSD time to finalize plans with THPRD to create a new community asset with less disruption.

Farewell to William Walker Elementary School 2018

The community had the opportunity to walk the halls of William Walker Elementary School one last time before it is torn down and rebuilt.

Former students who attended William Walker as both junior high and elementary students, along with community members who remembered the William Walker family, brought photos, year books, and other memorabilia to share.

The farewell event included:

  • History display of both Walker family & school artifacts
  • Plans for the new school
  • Tours of the current school
  • Activities for kids
  • Entertainment & snacks

Construction Update - Coming Soon