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Hogan Construction: Brighton High School Rebuild for Canyons School District

The new Brighton High School is a complete on-site, phased replacement of the existing building. This project's unique challenges involve the systematic rebuild of the high school sections within the complex site constraints of a 35-acre site on a multi-sloped hillside (with a 34-foot grade change) without altering the school's existing sports complex.

With the CTE areas built into the hillside for spatial reasons, the five-level school features a collegiate aesthetic that further elevates traditions of the new 3,999,000 SF school. Ideas of openness, visibility, flexibility, collaboration, adaptability, and technology. The project began with the reconfiguration of the baseball and softball fields and the construction of the east-west "bookends" of the campus--the new performing arts auditorium, arts, career, technical education program spaces, and a field house. SMPS Utah Diamond Sponsor Hogan & Associates Construction is on schedule and budget for the massive project.

While students were on winter break, 50 years of performing arts memories came crashing down as construction crews tore down the old auditorium. In what was a parking lot on the northwest corner, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat auditorium with a full fly system and improved acoustics as well as lightning and sound was built. The first phase, which included the performing arts wing, a new area for vocational and family consumer science, and the fieldhouse and physical education facilities, was completed in July and ready for students for the fall. The new fieldhouse is expected to alleviate the need for athletic space, with basketball, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, dance, drill, physical education classes, and other activities and sports can use the multi-use fieldhouse with its new artificial turf, an indoor track, and baseball batting cages.

Rick Conger, the Director of Facilities for the Canyons School District, stated that "the Brighton High School replacement is one of the most challenging projects of my entire career. This school is a multi-phased project that will ultimately take three years to complete. Hogan has navigated the pre-construction and construction phases beautifully, communicating with the city, sewer & utility companies, collecting competitive bids, and providing real estimates."

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