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    Breaking Ground on a Legacy

    April 16, 2019


    After a year of preconstruction, Balfour Beatty is excited to finally break ground on the new $85M state-of-the-art Legacy Magnet Academy! Tustin Unified School District recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school celebrating the official start of construction. 

    The Legacy Magnet Academy project is being built on the historic former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin and was designed to mimic aircraft hangers and incorporate elliptical glulam beams and trellis steel on a 32-acre site which also includes an outdoor Amphitheater.

    After 18 months of construction, the middle and high school will open its doors in fall 2020 and the curriculum will focus on Technology, Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship (TIDE). The key components will include project-based learning, innovative entrepreneurship-focus and design-thinking integration. Once open, the Legacy Magnet Academy will be able to accommodate approximately 1,400 students in grades 6-12.

    The Groundbreaking went well with good participation from community and civic leaders. Project Executive Bryan Osborne opened the event by handing over the ceremonial engraved golden shovels – a keepsake for Tustin Unified School District and the City of Tustin. Also attending the event was the Project Manager for the project David Dearborn, Project Engineer John Koch, VP Charlie Brown, and Marketing Lead Rosa Peña. Ready to get started, David Dearborn commented “Our team is excited to be a part of this one-of-a-kind project and looks forward to delivering this school to the Tustin Unified School District in the summer of 2020.”

    We are proud to build on over two decades of success with Tustin USD!