Webcam - watch the progress of the new William Walker Elementary School
The District held the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for William Walker Elementary School on Saturday, September 15, 2018. William Walker 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. Demolition of the former school is complete and General Contractor Kirby Nagelhout is working to build a modern, 87,200 sq.ft., two-story building that will hold 750 students and will open in the fall of 2019.
The District worked 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 was used as a prototype for Hazeldale Elementary, Vose Elementary and Sato Elementary.
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.
Students, staff and the community gathered on Saturday, September 15, 2018 for a ceremonial groundbreaking.
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.
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
The farewell event included:
- History display of both Walker family & school artifacts
- Plans for the new school
- Tours of the current school
- Activities for kidsEntertainment & snacks