Sherwood School District purchases two lots for SHS Bowmen House construction projects

posted Apr 3, 2015, 1:34 PM by Tianna Hubbenette
Sherwood High School’s Bowmen House construction program began in 2011, with Bowmen House 1 being completed in 2013, and Bowmen House 2 scheduled to be complete in May 2015.  Over 300 students have contributed to the successful completion of these two homes.  

The program is designed to engage students from varying course concentrations and offers a “real world” application of college and career preparatory skills.  Architecture students design the house and develop the blueprints; Construction students build the house inside and out; Interior Design students select all of the inside finish work, colors and surfaces; and Environmental Science students select and implement the outdoor landscaping.  "The real benefit of this program is the opportunity for over 150 students each year to apply their learning in real life situations and see their ideas come to life,” said Ken Bell, Sherwood High School Principal.

With the completion of Bowmen House 2 on the horizon for spring 2015, the Sherwood School District has spent months searching the Sherwood community for viable, affordable lots for purchase that would ensure the construction program continue at least for the 2015-16 school year, and preferably beyond.  The search was a challenge, having to consider the specific, important criteria needing to be present for the right location.  In addition to needing to be relatively close in proximity to the high school for student access during the school day, the property had to be already zoned for residential development and minimally sloped to reduce site preparation work.

The McCabe Real Estate Group and the City of Sherwood helped identify possible sites within city limits that were available for sale and would meet the programmatic needs of the Bowmen House project. 

In mid-March, Sherwood School District’s offer was accepted to purchase two adjacent lots located near Old Town Sherwood, which would afford the opportunity for the students to build two homes in the coming four years.  On March 31, 2015, the sale of the two properties was finalized, providing Sherwood High School with its sites for Bowmen Houses 3 and 4, with the initial phase of construction beginning for Bowmen House 3 in the fall of 2015.