Construction on the new Hillcrest High School in Midvale, above right, continues on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. The new school is being built next to the existing school. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The cost of the next Utah high schools built along the Wasatch Front could exceed $145 million, an increase of nearly 50% in recent years. Blame it on Utah’s sizzling economy, ongoing building boom, low unemployment rate and the escalating cost of materials, driven in part by tariffs impacting steel and aluminum. Jordan School District’s 391,000-square-foot Mountain Ridge High School in Herriman, which opened this fall, cost $76 million to build. That figure does not include the cost of furnishing the school and equipping it...
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Utah high schools could soon cost $145M each in ‘era of intense construction inflation’