Combs High School Celebrates Completion of New Performing Arts Center

Community invited to tour San Tan Valley's first professional theater space on January 29th
By: McCarthy Building Companies
Combs Performing Arts Center
Combs Performing Arts Center
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - Jan. 22, 2019 - PRLog -- General contractor McCarthy Building Companies is pleased to announce the completion of the Combs Performing Arts Center and Sports Field House. In honor of the project's completion, the J.O. Combs Unified School District administration and staff, students, community members and members of the project team will gather to celebrate and tour the new 25,000-square-foot performing arts center at Combs High School from 4-7 p.m. on January 29, 2019. This marks the first professional theater space in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

The new Performing Arts Center was designed for maximum functionality for students, educators and audience members, accommodating 500 people. To serve area arts education programs and the broader San Tan community, the Center is being used as a hands-on teaching space for the school's Stagecraft and Fine Arts programs and is acoustically balanced for both amplified sound and live performances. The lobby offers a display gallery to showcase student art pieces, and the back of house includes a dance classroom, scene shop, costume area, dressing rooms and a black box theater that doubles as a drama classroom. In addition, the entire auditorium, pre-function lobby facing the Superstition Mountains and a large shaded outdoor space are available to community members to rent for personal or business use.

"I am thankful for the community's support as this facility houses both our growing fine arts student programs and provides a much-needed venue for community use," said J.O. Combs Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gayle Blanchard. "Separate entrances allow for flexible use and scheduling between our school and community events. The acoustics of the house, integration of state-of-the-art technology, and spectacular mountain views from the lobby have created a professional venue that meets the needs of our school and San Tan Valley community."


Who:         J.O. Combs Unified School District administration and staff, students,    members of the project team and  community members

What:         Ribbon cutting and open house

Where:      Combs Performing Arts Center, 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, Ariz.

When:        4-7 p.m. Jan. 29, 2019 (4 p.m. ribbon cutting, 4:15-7 p.m. open house)

"This project illustrates that creative design and construction solutions combined with smart budgeting can elevate a school theater beyond status quo to a professional quality theater for the entire community to enjoy," said Steve Poulin, vice president of operations for McCarthy Building Companies Education Services team.

The 13-month construction project included DLR Group as the architect, and McCarthy Building Companies as the general contractor. Construction management services were provided by Arcadis. With this completion, the original full campus master plan for Combs High School, which opened in 2009, is now fulfilled.

"DLR Group is honored to have been a part of Combs High School from the very beginning through this latest exciting addition," said Carmen Wyckoff, Principal with the design team DLR Group | WRL. "The Combs PAC shows that great design can happen on a budget, resulting in a first-class performance space for the students, staff and the community to enjoy."

The project also included the addition of a 2,900-square-foot field house, which accommodates multiple sports activities with an equipment storage room as well as space for pre-game and half-time gatherings.

Funding for the project was provided by school bond dollars voted on by taxpayers within the J.O. Combs Unified School District in 2016.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. ( 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 ( More information about McCarthy is available at or by following us on Facebook (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Instagram ( and Google+ (

About J.O. Combs Unified School District

J.O. Combs Unified School District serves over 4,600 students in the San Tan Valley and the surrounding community. The J.O. Combs Unified School District is committed to preserving the small school atmosphere where students and families are known and welcomed by staff. We pride ourselves on educational experiences in which the entire family can participate.

About DLR Group
DLR Group ( is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Our view of the world. (
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