PARKLAND, FL - The construction of the new two-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be completed in August as part of the way to help the school and community heal from the mass shooting on 2018 Valentine’s Day, school officials said last week. 

The 44,000-square-foot building will replace the freshman 1200 building which was closed after 14 students and three employees were killed and students were forced to learn in temporary portable classrooms.

Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Thursday during a media tour of the new $18 million building with 30 classrooms that it will feature new security features including controlled access points.

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“Our goal is to make our campus one of the safest campuses in the country,” Runcie said.

School board member Lori Alhadeff, who lost her daughter Alyssa in the shooting, said she hopes the new building will be “one more step we are taking to heal and to move forward.”

The 1200 building remains a crime scene preserved by the Broward State Attorney as evidence against confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz whose trial is expected to start this summer. The building will eventually be torn down.

Principal Michelle Kefford said she is looking forward to the addition of the new building to the campus, which serves students in Parkland and Coral Springs. 

"We are so excited to watch as our new building continues to evolve," Kefford said. "We look forward to seeing the finished product and having a wonderful new space for learning and innovation at MSD."