Construction Commences on Arroyo K-8 Campus

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - May 14, 2019 - PRLog -- McCarthy Building Companies recently broke ground on Washington Elementary School District's Arroyo campus, which will include a new K-8 classroom building and gym as well as demolition of the existing classroom buildings.

Originally built in 1974, Arroyo School serves approximately 600 students in grades K-8. Located at 4535 W. Cholla in Glendale, Ariz., Arroyo is a Title I school that offers high academics, free, full-day kindergarten, art, music, PE, gifted education, and an After-School Academy.

"The ceremonial groundbreaking was a great way to celebrate a dream that will soon become a reality," said Arroyo Principal Philip Liles. "Our students, staff and neighbors have been looking forward to our newly constructed school since the day our community passed the bond in November 2016. We're excited for construction to begin, and we look forward to continuing the great learning that takes place every day at Arroyo in our new school in 2020!"

The $16.2 million project includes 74,600 square feet of new facilities including classrooms, a gym, parking, drop-off area and playfields. Once the new classroom building is complete in the summer of 2020, the remaining old buildings will be demolished making way for the construction of new parking and playfields.

"We're honored to work with the Arroyo school community, which values education and being engaged in the renovation of their school campus," said Mike Horn, project director for the Education Services team at McCarthy. "We look forward to bringing big changes to the campus over the next school year while ensuring the students and staff do not have to endure any major construction-related disruptions."

"At BWS Architects, we believe in creating enriching learning environments where students and educators can discover and grow together," said BWS Architects Design Principal Frank Slingerland. "We greatly appreciate our partnership with McCarthy Building Companies and the Washington Elementary School District as we bring our collective vision to life and create long-lasting pride for the Arroyo school community."

McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor for the project and BWS Architects is the architect. The project is being funded through a 2016 voter-approved bond election. The new school buildings will be completed in May 2020 with completion of the playfields and parking expected in October 2020.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. ( 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 the company is available online at www.mccarthy.comor by following the company on Facebook (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Instagram ( and Google+ (

About BWS Architects

BWS Architects provides intentional, thoughtful design services for organizations that want to ignite creativity and bring their vision to life in the places where people learn, lead and discover. Established in 1992, BWS specializes in the design of community-enriching projects with a passion for creating places where people to work, learn and play. Pre-K through 12, higher education, and even community projects with an educational emphasis, such as libraries and museums, have historically formed the largest percentage of BWS Architects' work. With 27 years of successful, educational design experience, including renovations, additions, and new schools, BWS understands that today's schools must be designed to support the multiple modalities of learning, evolving technologies, customization of education and the teaching and learning of 21st century skills to compete in a global environment. For more information, visit

About Washington Elementary School District

The award-winning Washington Elementary School District is Arizona's largest elementary district, comprised of 32 schools, serving more than 23,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The WESD encompasses 44-square-miles of north-central Phoenix and east Glendale. For more information, visit, follow us on Facebook, Twitter @wesdschools, and wesdschools on Instagram.
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