Dwyer students will return to entrance with $50,000 donated makeover

11:07 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 Local
The main entrance to William T. Dwyer High School got an upgrade that would have cost about $50,000, if not for seven companies, led by Kast Construction, who donated the resources to do the improvements on Dec. 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of We Are Dwyer Foundation board member Don Kiselewski

It wasn’t their typical luxury high-rise condo or a shiny, new shopping center.

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On their most recent job, crews from Kast Construction — the ubiquitous South Florida building company — have been spiffing up William T. Dwyer High School so 2,000-plus students will come back from winter break Monday to a beautified main entrance.

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Working with the We Are Dwyer Foundation, Kast and six companies donated about $50,000 in supplies and labor to make it happen. They replaced 10 palm trees with pink flowering tabebuia trees, laid brick pavers and spruced up the landscaping. The crews performed much of the work Dec. 27.

Benches will be added in the spring, Principal Joe DePasquale said.

“It’s going to look much more modern. It already does with the work they’ve done,” he said. “I can’t take credit for any of it. They’ve just done a really nice job with it.”

Parents of Dwyer students started the We Are Dwyer Foundation in 2014 to raise extra money for the Palm Beach Gardens School.

Kast builds high-rise hotels and condos, including The Water Club in North Palm Beach. It’s constructing an assisted living and memory care facility in Kolter’s Alton development in Palm Beach Gardens, where the builder just finished the clubhouse and started the Town Center, DeMay said.

Dave DeMay, Kast Construction’s vice president, is a We Are Dwyer Foundation board member and has a daughter in 10th grade at the school. She’s excited by the progress, he said. The work opened up the entryway, making it look bigger.

The foundation is running a “Leave a Legacy” campaign in which graduating seniors and alumni can buy bricks engraved with their names that will pave the way into the atrium.

“This whole thing is to bring more pride to the school,” DeMay said. “People see their name on a brick in perpetuity. It’s pretty cool.”

Claren Architecture + Design, B&R Industries, Magnificent Hardscapes, Cemex, Construction Trade Partners and Coastal an Oldcastle Company also donated their services.

— SARAH PETERS