Mark your calendars: A ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of work on the new Brighton High has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9.
Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members are invited to the event, which kicks off at the campus with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m.
With site preparations well underway, no time is being wasted with the rebuild. The project will be done in phases over three years, starting this fall with construction of a new performing arts hall and field house to the west and east of the existing building.
For the first 16 months of construction no classrooms will be impacted; the gymnasiums, Main Office and academic wings will remain untouched.
The upgrades are being undertaken with safety and security foremost in mind. The design of the new academic wings to be built during phase II of the project will provide administrators with a clear line of sight down hallways. Visitors will be routed into the administration area to check in prior to entering the building. In the event of an emergency a panic button can be activated that will lock down classroom wings.
Large windows and skylights will be added to bring natural light into the commons area and the classroom wings. Classroom windows that open onto commons areas for group study and teacher-collaboration are designed to support group learning and contribute to a culture of unity at the school.
The building will be a modern interpretation on academic architecture, and will be wired to support the high-tech demands of today’s classrooms. In a nod to tradition, distinguishing characteristics, such as the school’s unique circular halls, will be echoed in design patterns throughout the new building.
The Brighton rebuild is one of three major improvement projects being undertaken starting this summer. Hillcrest High also is being rebuilt, and major renovations are underway at Alta High. These and many more improvements are being financed with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in November, 2017.
Construction updates, and more information about CSD’s bond projects can be found at bond.canyonsdistrict.org.