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The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the award-winning  master-planned community of Summerlin®, recently built a community of a different kind.  Working with two key contractors, Soil Tech and JC Company, Hughes oversaw the construction of a 600 square–foot Tortoise Habitat at Doral Academy Red Rock Elementary School, a public charter school in the Stonebridge village of Summerlin.  

On March 21, the school and its 800 students cheerfully welcomed the habitat’s sole resident – Rocky the tortoise, who arrived with fanfare and style at not one, but two school-wide assemblies. 

According to Hughes employees, Glenn Lowrimore, director of construction, and Jorge Sosa, manager of construction, who, together, served as general contractor on the project, the habitat was built entirely from start to finish in under two weeks while students were on winter break in late December. 

“To ensure no disruption to the school or pose a danger to the students given construction activity, the habitat was completed in record time thanks to our generous partners who donated both time and materials to this project,” said Lowrimore. “Soil Tech oversaw all the revegetation and JC Companies built the enclosure walls. It was the ultimate group effort.”

“We are grateful to The Howard Hughes Corporation and its partners for helping us to make the tortoise habitat a reality,” said Dr. Kim Hammond, Principal, Doral Academy Red Rock Elementary School. “The habitat will be incorporated into our school curriculum as students learn about biology, horticulture and science.  Plus, we know the kids will love watching and observing Rocky. We expect him to become a source of great pride for the school.”   

Rocky the Tortoise