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Bond & Other Building Projects
The wet and chilly weather could not dampen the electric charge-forward spirit of the crowd that gathered Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 to cheer the historic placement of a 13-ton dome atop the new Corner Canyon High School.

The dome, built by the Tremonton, Utah-based Munns Manufacturing, was made a part of the school’s design to pay homage to Draper’s heritage, said Dr. Paul McCarty, a member of the Canyons Board of Education who spoke at the 2:30 p.m. event. 

“The dome atop this wonderful school is a symbol of Draper’s pioneer past — a reminder of the Round House, which our ancestors used as a gathering place for community celebrations and activities,” said McCarty, who represents Draper. “It’s an honor to be a part of this historical moment where we bridge our pioneer past to a promising future.”

The Round House, which was known for its domed roof, was the social hub of Draper for decades before it was razed in the 1960s. To the end of establishing the high school at the city’s new central meeting spot, architects and CSD officials drew on the building's design for inspiration, said Canyons Superintendent David S. Doty. In addition to the dome, various other elements that figured prominently on the Round House are reflected in the design of the school, which was created by Orem-based Sandstrom Associates Architecture.

“You’ll see grand columns, soaring arches and large windows that will give students amazing views of our magnificent mountains,” Doty said. “It’s been more than 50 years since the Round House was torn down. But I believe that this new high school, in both purpose and spirit, will carry on the proud tradition of being the social and educational hub for the families of Draper.”

Applause from some 125 Corner Canyon supporters rose with hundreds of biodegradable balloons when crews from Hogan and Associates Construction, the project’s contractor, capped the dome in place on the 311,000-square-foot building, which is the first traditional public high school in the city. A large crane lifted the dome into place.

Corner Canyon’s dome is 46 feet in diameter and soon will be capped with an 18-foot bell tower. The dome’s frame is made of steel and is wrapped in aluminum sheeting with an enamel, no-fade finish. It took several days to transport the 14-foot-tall dome from Box Elder County to its new home in Draper. The first half arrived at the construction site on Nov. 27.  The second half arrived earlier this week.

Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey thanked parents for their support in the ramp-up to the start of school. Bailey also thanked the construction crews for the care they “are taking to make sure this school is the best that we can build for our children.”

Corner Canyon High, home to the Chargers, will be two stories and will include a 120-seat lecture hall, a 1,200-seat auditorium, a 3,300-seat capacity gymnasium meeting NCAA standards, 1,200 parking stalls, a state-of-the-art track and artificial turf football field with seating for 3,500 home spectators and 1,200 visiting spectators, eight tennis courts and a baseball and softball complex.

Corner Canyon, 12943 S. 700 East, is one of two new schools that will open in Draper in fall 2013. The new Crescent View Middle School, 13133 S. 1300 East, also is scheduled to open this fall.

Thanks to the $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010, Canyons District launched an ambitious school construction and renovation schedule. This year, CSD celebrated the opening of the new Midvale Elementary and the renovated Albion Middle. Next fall, in addition to Corner Canyon and the new Crescent View, Cottonwood Heights students will return to a newly built Butler Middle School. Other projects are being discussed and planned.

See news media coverage of the Dome Drop:
The Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News
KUTV 2News
Fox 13 News
KSL

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  • The Board of Education visited four newly completed and in-progress construction projects. The Board viewed the progress of the new Crescent View Middle School, which is being rebuilt in Draper; Butler Middle School; and Corner Canyon High School — all of which are scheduled to open next school year. The Board also visited the newly constructed Midvale Elementary, which opened in August. Here are highlights and photos of each project:

    Crescent View Middle School

    The Board was greeted at its first tour stop by cheering students and parents, who held homemade signs and thanked the Board for rebuilding Crescent View at its new location, 13133 S. 1300 East in Draper. The red and sand-colored brick walls of the school have begun their ascent, and the second floor is scheduled to be poured this week. A community groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 9, 2012. The completed building will contain:

    • A 700-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium that also has potential to be enjoyed by the community-at-large
    • An expanded cafeteria and 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
    • A fully integrated computer suite and 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.

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  • Corner Canyon High School

    With arched windows, football, soccer and practice fields, classrooms and cabinetry installed, Canyons' new high school is coming together at a steady pace. The rounded exterior of the 1,200-seat auditorium is beginning to take shape, and the school's dome is expected to be placed in the upcoming months. Other building highlights will include:

    • 120-seat lecture hall
    • State-of-the-art science labs built to accommodate future technological innovations
    • 3,300-seat capacity gymnasium meeting NCAA standards
    • New track and artificial turf football field with seating for 3,500 home spectators and 1,200 visiting spectators
    • Eight tennis courts
    • A baseball and softball complex
    • A balance of academic, athletic and extracurricular areas. In addition to an expanded cafeteria, the school will have a spacious commons area for students and faculty to gather and begin uniting and developing its own traditions, which is especially important for a new school.

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  • Butler Middle School

    Striking reds, yellows and earth-tones of the fall foliage can be enjoyed at the new Butler Middle School, even from the inside. The east side of the school's second-floor media center is a giant window to the Wasatch Mountains, which also peek through the gymnasium. The school's walls are up, the roof is on, and warm earth-tone paint is adding a splash of color to some sheet-rocked walls. Upon completion, Butler will contain:

    • A fully integrated computer suite and 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
    • A 1,000-seat state-of-the-art auditorium theater that, thanks to Cottonwood Heights City for its financial contribution, also has potential to be enjoyed by the community-at-large
    • An expanded cafeteria and kitchen and a spacious commons area
    • 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.

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  • Midvale Elementary School

    With its Grand Staircase, Utah rivers depicted on floor tiles and ceiling structures, and hallway and outdoor seating resembling the hoodoos of southern Utah's Goblin Valley, the new Midvale Elementary School is considered a second teacher of students. Corridors with lighting resembling stalactites of Timpanogos Cave and classroom wings named for Utah mountain ranges have delighted the students, staff and community since the school opened earlier this fall. The school was rebuilt adjacent to Midvale Middle School. The former school's Center Street property will become a community park as part of a partnership with Midvale City.

    The new Midvale Elementary contains:

    • State-of-the-art classrooms that are wired for a 21st century education — complete with smart boards, LCD projectors and audio enhancement for teachers
    • Natural light in every classroom and throughout the hallways
    • An expanded cafeteria and gymnasium
    • A spacious new commons area for students, faculty and the community at large to begin developing traditions for the new school
    • A new playground; plenty of play space for children
    • New central air and heating system.
    With the flourish of a king’s court, the Albion Middle School Knights trumpeted the completion of their newly refurbished school.

    At a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by about 150 Albion students, parents, teachers and patrons, Canyons District on Aug. 16, 2012 heralded the new era for Albion, which is opening this year after a near-total renovation.

    Crews have worked for a little more than a year on the middle school’s makeover, which includes a new entryway, parking lot and landscaping. Inside, students and teachers are sure to enjoy new classrooms; a spacious commons area; natural light throughout the building, especially the art rooms; air conditioning; new band, dance and choral rooms; an upgraded media center; a refurbished gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded area for the kitchen and cafeteria.
    With rousing cheers — and a few joyous tears — Canyons District on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 celebrated the pending opening of the new Midvale Elementary School.

    With the snip of 36-inch, red-handled shears, members of the Canyons Board of Education, administrators, teachers, parents and dozens of Midvale Mustangs cut the red ribbon to mark the completion of the 85,000-square-foot school.

    The occasion was one of celebration and anticipation. An emotional Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini recounted the long wait for a Board of Education with a listening ear and a plan of action to bring needed building upgrades to the community.
     
    The new Midvale school, which replaces the outdated 61-year-old building on Center Street, is the first construction project completed with funds earned from the $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.
     
    Mont Millerberg, who represents Midvale on the Canyons Board of Education, emceed the event. The 9 a.m. ceremony drew about 150 community members of all ages, and included honors for Midvale principals past and present.
     
    At the celebration, Canyons Superintendent Dave Doty paid a special tribute to the men and women of Westland Construction who worked so diligently to complete the new elementary in one year. The groundbreaking was Aug. 3, 2011.
     
    “When I took this job four years ago, I held a meeting with all of the teachers at every school to answer questions and outline my priorities for this new district. I distinctly remember my meeting with the Midvale Elementary faculty, at which we spent more than an hour discussing the inferior condition of the school and the faculty’s skepticism that anything would be done to improve it,” Dr. Doty said. “I recall telling the faculty that, while I couldn't promise an outcome, I could promise my best efforts to make the rebuild of Midvale Elementary the new district's highest priority.”
     
    The design by NJRA Architects was lauded. “I may be biased but I think this new school is the most beautiful new building in Midvale,” Milllerberg told the audience. All of Utah’s five national parks are subtly depicted in the building design, he said, and the history of Midvale City also is depicted in specific areas of the school.
     
    “Board by board and brick by brick, we have built a school that is as good or better than any other elementary school in the entire state,” Millerberg said.  “Our children deserve nothing but the best.  As a Board of Education, that’s what we promised — and that is exactly what we have delivered.”

    The new school, 7852 S. Pioneer St., covers 9 acres of the 25-acre educational campus it shares with Midvale Middle School. It has natural light in rooms and hallways. The school has state-of-the-art classrooms, a large gymnasium and auditorium and more playground space. To the delight of Principal Shad DeMill, the new school will have air conditioning and a new heater for the cold winter months.

    Teachers will be able to move into their classrooms next week — just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 27.
     
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    Canyons School District is taking community suggestions for the colors, mascot and name of the new high school in Draper. View the article -- and a photo gallery of the construction project -- in the Oct. 19 Deseret News.
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