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Sept. 12, 2018

Construction Update: Crews on Schedule with the new Brighton High

Rebuilding Brighton High poses the unique challenge of constructing a new school on top of the old school while school is in session. But there are upsides to tackling the project in phases—most notably, it makes it easier for BHS aerialsmallarchitects to create a building that is truly responsive to the people for whom it’s being designed. Responsive design involves testing out ideas live in the early phases so as to allow students, employees, and patrons to provide meaningful feedback. During the first few days of school, for example, special attention was paid to how students and employees were navigating the campus. Adjustments were made to remove parking bottlenecks, impromptu pedestrian paths were lined with gravel, and signage was hung to more clearly demark emergency exits. “It took a few weeks for everyone to settle into new routines, and we had to make some adjustments. But it’s been a valuable process. Some of the changes we made will inform the design of the school going forward,” says the school’s Principal Tom Sherwood. Crews are on schedule and nearing completion of the first major project: Construction of new baseball and softball fields. As soon as the turf is installed, sometime in October, Hogan & Associates Construction will turn its attention to excavating and shoring up land to the west of the school in preparation for laying the foundation for a new auditorium. The auditorium and new athletics building on the east of campus are expected to be finished in 2020. For more information about the project, visit www.bond.canyonsdistrict.org.

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Aug. 3, 2018

Construction Update: What’s Next for Brighton High?

Work has begun in earnest on the three-year rebuild of Brighton High. It’s not easy to live near a construction site, but we want the Bengal community to know that the phased construction and demolition have been planned toIMG 7313 minimize disruptions and provide the utmost safety for those who live and work near the campus. During the first phase of construction this year, there will be no demolition. The existing building will remain intact. There will, however, be changes to the routes students use to navigate campus, and on-campus parking will be limited. Through negotiations with the City of Cottonwood Heights and other neighboring facilities, we have acquired extra parking in close proximity to Brighton High. All on-campus and overflow parking will require a school-issued permit. City street parking ordinances remain in effect, and will be enforced. We thank you for your patience, and invite you to share any questions or concerns you have. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2220 Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights
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TBHS.pnghe Brighton High rebuild may be the most surgical of three high school improvement projects to begin this summer. MHTN Architects are challenged with building a new school on almost the same footprint as the existing building without disrupting school activities. They have about 35 acres with which to work, about half the size of most high school campuses, and they’ve been told to keep the football stadium as is. If that’s not enough, a 35-foot drop in the grade of the property adds another degree of difficulty. 

“Right off the get-go we realized that building anywhere on the Brighton campus is going to be a challenge,” said MHTN’s Associate Principal Scott Later at a recent community preview of the still-developing plans.

But with creativity, and the help of computer modeling software, the architects have devised a plan to build the new school in phases over three years, starting this summer with the performing arts and athletics facilities, which will bookend the current building to the west and east. Also at this time, the baseball and softball fields will be reworked to provide a new point of entry at the south end of the property. “For the first 16 months of construction no classrooms are impacted. We keep all our gymnasiums for activities and every single classroom untouched while we build these two structures,” says Brighton Principal Tom Sherwood.

Phase two will entail relocating some classrooms into the new performing arts and athletics facilities so that crews can tear down a portion of the existing building and replace it with a three-story wing of classrooms. Once they’re completed, the classrooms will connect to the two bookends. Work will then begin on the school grounds and parking lots. 

Following are some of the planned features for the 400,000-square-foot facility to be funded with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in November 2017.

Safety and Security

The upgrades are being undertaken with safety and security foremost in mind. A priority of the new plan is to improve traffic flow, making it easier for students, employees, and visitors to safely enter and exit the campus. The Main Office will be located on the ground floor and have an unobstructed view of the building entrance. The footprint of the new building, which is located across the street from the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, will be such that administrators have a clear line of sight down hallways. Visitors are routed into the administration area to check in prior to entering the building. In the event of an emergency a panic button can be activated that will lock down classroom wings.

Design Aesthetic

The building will be a modern interpretation on academic architecture. References to the existing circular school will be found in the flooring, circulation and site concrete patterns

Classroom Upgrades

Large windows and skylights will be added to bring natural light into the commons area and the classroom wings. Classroom windows that open onto commons areas for group study and teacher-collaboration are designed to contribute to a culture of transparency at the school.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How to you envision teachers using the collaboration spaces?

The classrooms will be connected by corridors that have been expanded to make room for different types of group activities. Architects have had preliminary conversations with teachers who envision this being an area where group learning can occur. It could be a space where teachers gather to brainstorm and plan. Or it could serve as a pullout space where students receive tutoring, collaborate on projects, or complete online coursework. Its open design is meant to be inviting and inclusive while making it possible for teachers to monitor the area from inside their classrooms. 

 

What opportunities will there be for community input?

With all of our schools, special care is taken to involve students, parents, teachers and the broader community in the planning process. We take pride in building schools that reflect the communities they serve and that serve those communities well — safe, high-quality learning environments that inspire students to set and achieve challenging goals. Throughout the design process, input was received from teachers, students, parents and elected officials, including the School Community Council. Safety issues were discussed at length with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department. Architectural plans were described in open Board of Education meetings and during a community Open House. Updates on the project continue to be published on Canyons District’s website.

 

What’s being done to preserve elements of the school that are rooted in history?

We’ve looked at ways that we can preserve the heritage, such as pulling references of the circular nature of the existing building into the design. You may see it in circular floor patterns and a circular stair that architects are exploring. There are ongoing discussions about preserving the Bengal tilework in the front lobby and replicating other iconic pieces of art.

 

What are plans for keeping trash and debris from traveling to the neighboring properties?

Construction zones can be messy, but every effort will be made to keep disruptions to a minimum, maintain safe access, and keep the work zone tidy and free of trash and debris.

 

Describe the wrestling facilities.

The wrestling room will be comparable to what’s available at Corner Canyon High. It will be big enough to fit full size competitive mats and a seating area for parents. The only difference is there won’t be an attached locker room, because the new campus will have plenty of locker room space in very close proximity. As an added convenience, there will be a pathway to take wrestling mats straight to the gym for competitions from the wrestling room.

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  • For Hillcrest Principal Greg Leavitt, the sight of a row of golden-tipped shovels on the school’s soccer field on Thursday was monumental.

    The shovels marked the beginning of a three-year project, made possible by a $283 million bond approved by voters in November that will result in a new building to replace the current, 55-year-old structure. But the implements also reminded Leavitt of the importance of the hard work that goes into gaining an education.

    “These shovels are signs of cultivation,” Leavitt said, "not of money, but of hearts and minds, of generations to come. The culture you’ve built here isn’t in the bricks and the desks, it’s in the community.”

    A crowd of Hillcrest students, parents, and educators gathered at the school to celebrate the old building and mark the beginning of the new project. Also in attendance were members of the Canyons Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, other District administrators, Midvale Mayor Robert Hale, members of the Midvale city council, Utah State Board of Education member Kathleen Riebe, Sen. Brian Zehnder, R-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy. A group of alumni from the class of 1968, honored guests, including Board member and Husky alumni Mont Millerberg, in lifting the symbolic shovels to mark the beginning of the project.

    “So many people have such great memories of going to school here, myself included,” Millerberg said. “We’re thrilled to be able to build a new school so the next generation of students can build memories here, too.”

    A committee of Hillcrest administrators and District administrators is working with FFKR Architects and Westland Construction to create a new Hillcrest that will meet the demands of a 21st century education without sacrificing elements of the old building that are rooted in tradition, such as the inlaid “H” in the school’s atrium, and the DelMar Schick Stadium. The new school will have a new field house and performing arts complex, a commons area, emphasis on open spaces illuminated by natural light and collaborative spaces for students to gather and create new traditions.

    Hillcrest is the first of several improvement projects to be completed in with funds from the 2017 bond, including new campuses at Union Middle, Midvalley and Peruvian Park elementary school and Brighton High and other locations. Alta will be remodeled extensively. Celebrations for the beginning of that project will take place at the school on June 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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    The Huskies are getting a new home, and we’re celebrating with a ceremonial turning of dirt.

    Students, teachers, parents and members of the community are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at Hillcrest High on Thursday, May 31 to herald the start of a rebuild of the campus. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m. 

    The new Hillcrest High is being made possible by a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond approved by Canyons voters in 2017. Construction will start this summer and be undertaken in phases over three years to allow the school to remain in operation.

    The 56-year-old school has a strong heritage, and special attention is being paid to building a modern environment wired for emerging technologies without sacrificing elements of the existing building that are rooted in tradition. DelMar Schick Stadium will remain untouched, but among major improvements are a new field house and performing arts complex to match Hillcrest’s history of excellence in the arts.

    The floor-plan for the new school — the addition of a commons area and emphasis on open spaces illuminated by natural light — is being designed with school safety and security in mind. Classroom windows that open onto commons areas for group study and teacher-collaboration will contribute to a culture of transparency and inclusiveness. Hallways will be configured to provide administrators an unobstructed view of the campus, and classroom windows configured to preserve safety zones in the classrooms.

    Since Canyons’ inception, the District has worked to plan for growth while also addressing the safety and technological deficiencies of the aging buildings it received from a previous school district. Thirteen improvement projects were financed with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in 2010.  The last project, a renovation of Indian Hills Middle, will be finished in time for the start of school this fall. 

    The 2017 bond will make it possible for CSD to rebuild six schools, including Hillcrest, remodel Alta High, build a new elementary school in west Draper to accommodate growth, remodel offices at six elementary schools, and add skylights for more natural light at 18 elementary schools.
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