Fall 2019

Bond Program Update
William Walker Elementary School Opens
The new William Walker Elementary School opened its doors on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, to welcome students for the start of the 2019-20 school year. The 87,200 square foot school includes 30 classrooms, nine additional teaching spaces, a stage, teaching area in the library and a dividable gym. It has a capacity of 750 students.

The District collaborated with Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) to coordinate construction with THPRD's redevelopment of Cedar Hills Park, which is adjacent to the school.

William Walker is the third of four schools to be replaced as part of the District's $680 million construction bond approved by voters in May 2014. The previous building was torn down during the summer of 2018. William Walker students and staff spent the 2018-19 school year in a temporary school in the Timberland area, while their new school was constructed.

The District worked closely with DLR Group Architects on the design of the facility, as well as General Contractor Kirby Nagelhout on the construction. The prototype was​ used for Hazeldale, Vose, and Sato elementary schools, saving money and time.

A Look Inside

First Day of School

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William Walker ES Construction Timelapse Video
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Architect's rendering of ACMA
The Beaverton School District held the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Over the next two years, the main building of ACMA will be rebuilt, adding new facilities including classrooms, a cafeteria and a kitchen. Visitor parking is being expanded and rearranged for safety and efficiency. The new building's capacity will be 725 students. The existing Performing Arts Center is being retained and will be incorporated into the new 75,000 square-foot, two-story school.

For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, ACMA will be temporarily relocated to the new middle school on 118th in the Timberland community. ACMA's new campus will open September 2021.

Student-Produced Groundbreaking Video

Special thanks to ACMA students: Efrem Plawner, Jason Fisher & Logan Ruffner!
ACMA Groundbreaking

ACMA Demolition Photos

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Five Oaks Middle School Renovation & Addition

The multi-phase renovation and expansion project at Five Oaks Middle School is going strong. The District is doing this work while the building is occupied, which presents additional challenges and opportunities for learning. The District appreciates the patience of staff, students and families as we work to complete this extensive project.

The first phase of the project was completed in May 2019. It includes 11 classrooms, two new restrooms, a flex space, conference room, and storage spaces, as well as a new mechanical system for the wing. In addition, the construction of the administration offices was accelerated. The space is now located adjacent to the exterior of the building near the front entrance to the school. The new location helps to provide security and oversight of all visitors coming into the school.

This spring and summer, crews were hard at work completing two large wings of the building. A new addition and renovation of the northwest wing includes eight new classrooms, two science labs, a science prep room, teacher planning, new restrooms, conference room, and flex spaces, as well as a new mechanical system for the wing. Construction crews also completed the renovation of the center of the school, including five classrooms, a computer lab, two science labs, a science prep room, two conference rooms, and a full renovation of the media center including a staff workroom, book storage, and two offices. There is a beautiful new skylight brightening the space for all users to enjoy! Students and staff occupied the new spaces in September 2019. The front vestibule and north garden areas will be completed in early November.

This fall and winter, the District will be working on the renovation of the west wing of the building, including six classrooms, teacher planning, a flex space, and new restrooms. The spaces are expected to be completed in February 2020.

Construction on the last wing on the southeast side of the building will begin in February 2020. It will include six classrooms, renovation of the existing life skills kitchen, restrooms, a flex space, and a new counseling suite with reception area, storage, and five offices. Construction is expected to be complete in June 2020. In the summer of 2020, the District will be completing the student restroom renovations, updating finishes and lighting in corridors, and finishing other miscellaneous work throughout the school. Substantial completion for the project is expected in August 2020.

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Aloha High School Seismic Upgrades

AHS Seismic Upgrade Explainer
This summer, Aloha High School underwent a major seismic upgrade. The issue at the school is the connections between the roof, walls and foundation are not adequate to withstand a seismic event. During an earthquake, the roof, walls and foundation will move separately from each other, increasing the chances for collapse.

This summer, crews dug up large areas of the concrete slab and poured new footings with concrete and rebar in the ground. New plywood sheeting was put up along the lengths of the walls, and those new, strengthened walls were tied into the foundation, creating a path for any movement to get down into the ground.

Next summer, crews will upgrade the roof and strengthen the connections between the walls and the roof. This will create a single path for any movement from an earthquake to get from the roof, through the walls, down into the foundation and out into the ground. This engineering will help to prevent collapse in the event of a seismic event.

The improvements were paid for with a combination of 2014 Capital Improvement bond funding and a grant from the State of Oregon.

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District-wide Security Upgrades

Since the summer of 2014, District-wide security upgrades have been completed in phases. This summer, perimeter hardening security upgrades were installed at Barnes, McKay, and Sexton Mountain elementary schools, the International School of Beaverton (ISB), and Mountain View Middle School. At McKay and Mountain View, new visitor entrances directly into the main offices were completed. Crews installed a vestibule at ISB, directing visitors into the office. Due to the location of their main offices, the District installed lockdown doors at Barnes and Sexton Mountain elementary schools that will separate the classrooms from the lobby area if necessary.

The programming and final testing of the systems at these schools is still underway. Improvements were also made at Cooper Mountain, Findley, Fir Grove, Hiteon, Raleigh Hills, and Scholls Heights elementaries, and Cedar Park, Highland Park, Meadow Park and Whitford middle schools.

The final schools that will receive upgrades in phase four are the high schools (excluding Mountainside which had these installed during construction). The upgrades will include card readers, hardware upgrades, cameras and fencing.

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Interior Classroom Locks

This summer, crews worked to replace locks on all interior classroom doors, enhancing school security and student safety. All classroom locks across the District were replaced with push/turn hardware. The new hardware is easily lockable from inside a room, allowing anyone to quickly secure a classroom without having to use a key. The District is adding the new locks to all portable classrooms as well.

By the numbers
  • 42 doors replaced
  • 1,960 door locks replaced
  • 13 workers from 3 companies
  • 975 hours
  • $1,225,000

However, you can't put a number or dollar figure on the increased safety this brings for staff, students, parents, and community members.

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Additional Completed Projects

Upcoming Projects 2019-2020

  • Aloha High School Seismic Phase 2
  • Beaver Acres Elementary School Seismic
  • Highland Park Middle School HVAC
  • Whitford Middle School HVAC/Roof
  • Security Upgrades Phase 4
  • Raleigh Park Elementary School HVAC/Electrical
  • Barnes Elementary School HVAC/Roof
  • Interior Door Locks Phase 2
  • Terra Linda Elementary School Repipe & Restroom Remodel
  • Raleigh Hills K-8 Freezer Replacement
  • High School Auditoriums 2020
  • Hiteon Elementary School HVAC

Beaverton School District Capital Bond Measure

Beaverton voters approved a $680 million Capital Bond Measure in May 2014. The Bond will address repairs, provide new capacity and relieve overcrowding, modernize and renovate facilities, improve safety and replace outdated learning technology, curriculum and equipment over a projected eight-year period. For more information about the Bond, visit the Bond Information page.
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