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Three Canyons schools, built with proceeds from a $250 million voter-approved bond, have received awards for quality design and workmanship.

Butler Middle School, Draper Park Middle School and Corner Canyon High School received 2013 Excellence in Masonry Awards from the Utah Masonry Council. The awards were bestowed at a banquet Jan. 31, 2014 at the downtown Marriott.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Utah Masonry Council, and to have been able to collaborate with outstanding professionals to create high-quality, modern learning environments for students," said Rick Conger, Director of Facilities for Canyons School District.

The Excellence in Masonry Design Awards focus on the power of collaboration between visionary owners, talented architects and engineers, and the skilled professionals who bring their ideas to fruition with masonry, according to the council's Web site. As such, the awards recognized Canyons District's collaboration with the following professionals:
  • Draper Park: VCBO, AK Masonry and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block, Quikrete and Interstate Brick
  • Corner Canyon: Sandstrom Associates, Doyle Hatfield Masonry, and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Ash Grove Packaging, Buehner Block, Interstate Brick and Brailsford Cast Stone.
  • Butler Middle: VCBO, Harv & Higam Masonry, and Hughes General Contractors, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block and Interstate Brick.
The schools were built with proceeds from a $250 million bond, which voters approved in 2010. Additional completed projects include the Albion Middle School renovation, Midvale Elementary rebuild, and Sandy Elementary seismic upgrade. The Mount Jordan Middle School rebuilding project is underway, and scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.

The awards came in the Council's Institutional Category, which includes schools, churches and transportation facilities. Midvale Elementary won a 2012 Excellence in Masonry Award.
Less than a year ago, a damp day washed out Draper Park Middle School’s groundbreaking plans, but not a rain cloud was in sight Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as parents, teachers, students and patrons gathered in the evening sun to celebrate the new school’s completion.

Members of the Canyons District Board of Education, Draper City Council, Unified Fire Authority, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, and other local leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event to show their support of the first public middle school built in Draper.

The school itself was built in an astonishing 11 months, but residents in the area have been waiting decades for a middle school, Canyons District Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd of about 500 people who came to celebrate the historic day.
The back-to-school season this year will be particularly exciting for students at Corner Canyon High and Butler and Draper Park middle schools. Along with the usual newness of the first day of school — new teachers, new lockers, new textbooks, new friends — they will have something else to look forward to: new schools.

Canyons District is celebrating the opening of these schools with ribbon-cutting celebrations. The public is invited to the following events:
Each school has cutting-edge amenities and technology to give students the best opportunities in building a college- and career-ready education. Corner Canyon, 12943 S. 700 East, the first public secondary school to be built in Draper, boasts state-of-the art science labs, a 3,300-seat capacity gym that meets NCAA standards, and a 120-seat lecture hall.

Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, which is also making history as the first public middle school in Draper, has three academic wings that house high-tech classrooms, a fully integrated media center with a TV production studio and a 700-seat auditorium, to name a few of the school’s exciting features.

Butler Middle, 7530 S. 2700 East, has a gymnasium with an elevated indoor running track and fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training, a 1,000-seat auditorium theater made possible, in part, by a financial contribution from Cottonwood Heights , and an expanded cafeteria and spacious commons area.

Cheers went up Tuesday at the site of the new Crescent View Middle School.

Surrounded by arches of blue and white balloons lifting and bobbing in the afternoon breeze, a gathering of current and future Crescent View students, local dignitaries, and the Canyons Board of Education and Administration celebrated the start of work on the new school.

Even though work on Crescent View started several months ago as the result of a fast-tracked construction schedule, Canyons Board of Education Vice President Sherril Taylor told the crowd why the CSD Board and Administration wanted to press forward with a groundbreaking ceremony.   

“We’re holding this event for several reasons,” Taylor said, “First to celebrate the fact that this day has finally arrived. For many of us, it’s been a long time coming — too long, in fact. I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually ever be realized.

“Yes, the land we’re standing on was purchased in 1994 for the purpose of building a middle school in Draper,” he said. “And now, 18 years later, Canyons District is proud to celebrate with you the start of work on a new and improved middle school in Draper. “

Students, teachers and staff at the new Crescent View will enjoy a 700-seat auditorium; an expanded cafeteria, kitchen and a spacious commons area; three academic wings that will house high-tech classrooms; a gymnasium with two full courts, 12 basketball hoops, two large locker rooms, two fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training, and an elevated indoor running track with a special surface for running; fully integrated computer suites and a media center with green screen TV production studio; a music suite that includes an instrument, band and choir rooms, practice rooms, offices and a music library.

“That’s just amazing,” said Dr. Paul McCarty, a member of the Canyons Board of Education. “I’m so excited for our children to attend this school, and I’m proud to be part of this project on behalf of the community.”

On the day it opens, the new school, 13133 S. 1300 East, will become the first traditional public middle school in Draper. It is being built with the help of a $250 million bond approved by voters in Canyons District. Passage of the bond allowed CSD to start an ambitious construction and renovation schedule that has crews working in all parts of the District.

“On behalf of the Canyons Board of Education,” Dr. McCarty said, “I’d like to thank all of the people who saw the Board’s vision for our schools and have worked with us to provide a world-class education for our children.”

While plans are still being discussed, the Board has talked about using the existing CVMS building as an CSD educational facility well into the future. 
This year alone, Canyons District opened two renovated and new schools — Albion Middle and Midvale Elementary schools. Three others are now being built, including the new Corner Canyon High School in Draper, which will open in fall 2013.

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