Aqua Fria Union High School District Unveil New Field House

Desert Edge Field House in Goodyear, designed by DLR Group and built by McCarthy Building Companies, celebrates grand opening with community
By: McCarthy Building Companies
Desert Edge Field House
Desert Edge Field House
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - April 29, 2019 - PRLog -- Agua Fria Union High School District ( recently unveiled its newest field house to students, staff, parents and community members at a grand opening celebration on April 18 at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Ariz. McCarthy Building Companies constructed the $3 million 10,565-square-foot field house, which provides additional athletic competition and support spaces, as well as instructional areas.

The Desert Edge Field House features a new athletic training triage space for stadium sports; strength training facility with weights; sprint training track; and a 3,300-square-foot outdoor training area. In addition, academic areas provide new spaces for advanced sports medicine instruction and athletic training curriculum. The new field house and sand volleyball courts allow the district to expand women's sports and provide much needed locker rooms and support spaces for all athletics teams.

"This new facility, which was realized through the support of our community and patrons, gives the students and faculty a state-of-the-art-building for the support of sports medicine, training, and health related student services. It is a wonderful addition to the contemporary comprehensive high school athletic environment," said Agua Fria Superintendent Dr. Dennis Runyan (

Since opening in 2002, Desert Edge High School has lacked facilities suitable for robust men's and women's competitive athletics programs and educational environments that support career and technical programs, such as sports medicine.

"The new field house provides modern spaces and amenities to elevate all Scorpions teams and gives students access to new educational opportunities related to athletics," said DLR Group Senior Associate David Schmidt (, LEED AP BD+C.

"Delivering the new field house to the Desert Edge High School community adds an important asset that will enhance its athletic program," said Tyler Shupe, project director for McCarthy's Education Services group. "This project benefitted from a highly collaborative and creative project team, which has worked together in the past, and came together again to ensure the goals were achieved for the benefit of the Scorpions and students at Desert Edge."

The $3.29 million project was funded through a voter-approved bond election in November 2015. The architect on the project was DLR Group.

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.

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 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; 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 the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.
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