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By Lauren Donovan, Bismarck Tribune
WATFORD CITY — Bill Blair’s put his mind and construction know-how into a lot of buildings in his career, but he also put his heart into the new high school in Watford City.
The glass-and-steel structure rises as if from a futuristic dream in this oil boom town so changed it hardly recognizes itself.
The high school — designed with a wing that holds public spaces for arts and athletics and and another with classrooms, library and collaborative technology centers — is a symbol of all that’s waited for Watford City on the far side of hard times.
Blair, field manager for Construction Engineers, said that feeling was shared by everyone who worked on the project. His company is in a joint venture on the project with Kraus-Anderson.
“The people here deserve this. We’re building something the town needs. I haven’t felt that way before, that when the dust settles, there’s a real feeling of satisfaction for what’s been given back to the community,” he said.