This week we’re in the Beaverton zip-code of 97007 to bring you some exciting community updates. There is a lot going on in 97007. This up-and-coming area includes the popular retail and dining destination of Progress Ridge, as well as a plethora of new construction that’s popping up all over the zip-code. This week we’re excited to be joined by Senior Mortgage Banker, Kevin Schmidt, as we tour the new high school and get a look at the neighborhood tap house, the Growlerie. Be sure to tune in to AM Northwest on Friday for this very special episode!
There’s a new high school in town! Coming this September, Mountainside High School will be the newest addition to the Beaverton School District. The name reflects its proximity to Cooper Mountain, and its mascot, the Maverick, will be decked out in the school colors of Columbia blue, silver, and black.
It’s very evident that community and future generations were the deciding factors in the creation of this new school. They have carefully planned and thought of everything to ensure this new high school will be a state-of-the-art and resilient addition to the community.
The level of detail began with the construction and the structure of the building. After consulting the Oregon Resilience Plan, builders chose to make the structure seismically sound and able to withstand a 9.1 magnitude earthquake.
The nature surrounding the school was one of the top priorities when constructing the new school. Numerous LIDA swells were installed to help collect runoff. The runoff will be collected and filtered before entering surrounding storm drains. Nearly 8,000 plants have been replanted to help restore the wetland areas on the 47 acre site.
There was a beautiful old walnut tree that existed on the site prior to construction. In true Oregon fashion, the construction team honored the historic tree by repurposing it to be used in the offices of the new school. When I heard this great story, I thought back to one of my favorite childhood books, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. It’s apparent that the use of the surrounding natural areas are becoming great opportunities for learning.
Speaking of learning, this state-of-the-art building is going to be supporting equally the state-of-the-art programs within. The new school will be a mecca for cutting edge programs offering numerous Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Mountainside will have a four-year cooking, CAD, construction, digital arts programs, robotics classes, and a student-run coffee shop that will help support the CTE business curriculum.
We met with Planning Principal, Todd Corsetti, who could not hide his enthusiasm for this exciting project as he showed us around. Patrick O’Harrow, one of four Project Coordinators at the Beaverton School District, exhibited his attention to detail and pride as we walked around the school. With 750 students slated to attend this fall, it’s an exciting time for the Beaverton School District. Hoffman Construction is hard at work to ensure the school will be ready to open its doors this September. It was impressive to see 480 workers on site when we visited.
Learn more about the planning, construction, and budget for Mountainside High School by clicking here.
Though it opened just four years ago, the Growlerie has become a staple of 97007. The name “Growlerie” is a combination of two words – Growler and Gallery. The owners of the Growlerie liken it to an art gallery of finely crafted beer. The similar name, “Growlery” can be found in the classic Charles Dickens novel, The Bleak House, meaning a place of refuge.
The Growlerie is located in Progress Ridge, just across from Cinetopia and New Seasons, and is boasted as being Beaverton’s best place to fill beer growlers. However, this lakeside tap house is much more than just a growler refilling station. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the Progress Lake and Progress Lake park as they taste from a selection of 42 taps and an extensive collection of wine, cider and Kombucha. The tasty menu of snacks and delicious plates that pair perfectly with the beer selection is also worth mentioning. Try a side of homemade fondue or some of their amazing tacos next time you’re in the area.
One of the best things about the Growlerie is their dedication to community involvement and their willingness to support the communities of Beaverton and Tigard. The tap house has fun events every month with everything from trivia each Thursday, to Paint and Pour nights on the first Tuesday of each month. And as soon as the weather allows, don’t miss out on the fun games of Corn Hole each Monday evening.
You’ll notice the beautiful art on the walls of the Growlerie as soon as you walk in. Local artist, Kenny Farmer created the pieces for both the walls and Growlerie t-shirts. Proceeds from the t-shirts go to help fund Kenny and his fiancé Kelly’s wedding.
The Growlerie is a great place for adults and families alike. It’s a place that treats its staff and customers like family. I can’t think of a better addition to the Progress Ridge area or a better place to fill your growler.
Be sure to join Senior Mortgage Banker, Kevin Schmidt, at the Growlerie this Friday evening from 4-7pm!
Kevin will be helping Summit Mortgage Corporation give away our signature growlers filled with the brew of your choice! All you have to do is mention Kevin’s name and Summit Mortgage Corporation to get your growler. This special offer is only for the first forty people through the door so be sure to get there early!
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