Saguaro Elementary and Casa Grande Middle School campus
CASA GRANDE, Ariz.
- Sept. 25, 2018
-- Casa Grande Elementary School District and partners McCarthy Building Companies and SPS+ Architects recently completed construction of the new Saguaro Elementary School and Casa Grande Middle School campus in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Originally built more than 40 years ago, the new schools and campus will improve the learning environment for students and staff. Saguaro Elementary School has 525 students in grades K-5th
, and Casa Grande Middle School has approximately 580 students in 6th
Dr. JoEtta Gonzales, superintendent of the Casa Grande Elementary School District, expressed her appreciation for efforts of everyone involved in the project. "The collaboration on this project was fantastic. It brought out the best in thinking and teamwork from individuals throughout our district as well as for our partners at McCarthy, SPS+, subcontractors and our community."
The campus modernization project allows the two schools to share some spaces on the 46-acre campus for cost-efficiency, including the administration offices, media center and the cafeteria. A committee of Casa Grande citizens initially recommended the shared campus modernization project after considering factors such as renovation costs, long-term use of the facility and community needs. The new school buildings were constructed atop the middle school's former athletic fields and 270 new parking spaces have been added. The new school campus separates elementary and middle school classrooms.
"This project is a prime example of what can be done when a district wants to maximize their funds for facility improvements,"
said Steve Poulin, executive vice president of operations at McCarthy. "The new combined school campus was well thought out and now offers greatly enhanced amenities for students attending both schools and while also providing the community of Casa Grande with athletic fields that can be shared and enjoyed by everyone."
"With this school, we broke the mold of schools in Casa Grande, from the types of spaces, the colors and the furniture by focusing on the TOTAL learning environment,"
said Mark Davenport, partner at SPS+ Architects. "One of the notable features is the learning neighborhoods;
this is where real collaboration and flexible learning happens."
The project was funded by a bond measure that was approved in the November 2016 election to fund district facility improvements.About McCarthy Building Companies
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (http://www.mccarthy.com/
)is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 20th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record
, May 2018). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque;
and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned (http://www.mccarthy.com/about/employee-owners/
). More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.comor by following the company on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/
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.About SPS+ Architects
SPS+ Architects (http://www.spsplusarchitects.com/)
is a legacy architecture firm located in Scottsdale Arizona. While its innovative design solutions have extended nationally and beyond, the primary focus as a firm has always been on its work here in Arizona. In particular, they have made a point to reach out to Arizona's under-served, minority, and rural populations. In most cases, they have developed long-term relationships with these clients spanning decades and multiple projects. This longevity is a direct result of their focus on customer service and delivering a quality product that meets and exceeds client expectations. For more information about the company please visit us at www.spsplusarchitects.com.