Crowd celebrates construction of new high school
Ceremonial groundbreaking comes well after big rigs move many tons of dirt at South Cooper Mountain
With white ribbons tied to the shovels and acres of freshly moved dirt all around, no one in a large crowd that gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Beavertons next high school was under the illusion that the project wasnt already racing along.
Its not often when I stand at a groundbreaking (ceremony) where weve already moved 350,000 yards of dirt, said Wayne Drinkward, chief executive officer of Hoffman Construction, which is building the nearly $150 million campus on 47 acres in the South Cooper Mountain area.
He wasnt the only one having a little fun at the occasion late Monday afternoon.
I desperately want to drive this thing behind me, said Jeff Rose, superintendent of the Beaverton School District, motioning to a massive earth-moving machine that can fill multiple dump trucks with one scoop of earth.
The high school is the single-largest project on a long list of new construction, improvements and technology upgrades funded with a $680-million construction bond measure voters approved in 2014.
The school, located at the intersection of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, is scheduled to welcome its first students in September 2017.
The ceremony attracted everyone from elected dignitaries to young children still a decade away from graduation, as well as representatives from the district, Hoffman and Boora Architects.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said he was proud to have the school district as a partner in making Beaverton a better place to live.
Its a place where everybody cares about our kids and our future, he said.
By Eric Apalategui
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