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Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:59

Awards for CSD Bond Projects

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.
A strong sense of community was a theme at the ceremonial opening of the new Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. A crowd of more than 400 students, parents, teachers and patrons in Canyons District gathered to celebrate Butler’s completion and participate in a ribbon-cutting event.

“In my years of experience, I’ve learned a few lessons about how a school can become the heart of a community,” Butler Middle Principal Paula Logan told the crowd, which included such dignitaries as Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Rep. Steve Eliason and Sen. Brian Shiozawa. “As American philosopher John Dewey once said, ‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.’ ”
Canyons District invites the public to a surplus sale at the old Butler Middle School, 7530 S. 2700 South. 

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Cottonwood Heights school.
 
Cash or credit cards accepted. All items for sale will be in the cafeteria. All sales are final.

The school will be torn down this summer to make way for the new Butler Middle School, which has been under construction behind the old school for two years. The new school is funded by proceeds from a bond approved by the public in spring 2010 for new and renovated schools. 

Questions?  Call 801-826-5391. 

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:14

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

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.
    Thursday, 08 September 2011 14:48

    Construction Work Underway At New Butler Middle

    Butler Middle School Principal Marsha Morgan learned a new skill to help kick off construction of the new 177,000-square-foot school — how to operate “the claw” used by construction crews to dig the school’s foundation. To cheers from students, faculty and community members who had gathered for a Sept. 8  groundbreaking, Morgan hopped into a cab and pulled a few levers to dig the first dirt.

    When done, the new Butler Middle School will be the center of an academic and recreational campus in the heart of Cottonwood Heights. The new school will have state-of-the-art classrooms, a 1,000-seat auditorium theater and a spacious commons area, as well as 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 track with a special surface for running. It also will have a central air conditioning system.

    "For many of us, this has been a long time coming — too long, in fact," said Kim Horiuchi, a member of the Canyons Board of Education who spoke at the event. "I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually ever be realized.  But it’s here, and Canyons District is proud to announce that it is holding true to its promise to build a new and improved middle school in Cottonwood Heights — which will be seismically safe and, yes, will have air conditioning."

    "I’m so excited for my own daughter to attend this school, and I’m proud to be part of this project on behalf of the community," said Horiuchi, who represents the Cottonwood Heights neighborhoods surrounding Butler Middle. 

    The school, which will retain its name, is being completed with the help of a $250 million bond approved by Canyons voters. It is one of 13 construction and renovation projects identified as priorities by the Canyons Board of Education.

    Butler students remain in the old school while crews work on the new one. This makes it possible for the children to stay in their neighborhood school during the project.

    "The construction of this school is testament to the vision of the citizens who bravely expressed their desire for change by voting to create this marvelous new school district. Now their children and grandchildren will reap the benefits of that vision by having an unequalled learning environment in which to master their academic skills," said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, who also spoke at the event. "This is a momentous occasion for Cottonwood Heights. While we’re known as the city between the Canyons — today, we’re a city that’s proudly part of Canyons."

    The Board of Education chose the firm VCBO Architecture to spearhead the project’s design. Hughes Construction has been contracted to build the new facility, which will continue to be called Butler Middle School after it is completed on its new site.

    The new school is being built directly behind the current school at 7530 S. 2700 East. It is expected to be open for the 2013-2014 school year.

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