Chandler High School Upgrades and Expansion
Chandler Unified School District wanted to bring the original, historic downtown Chandler high school campus up to par with its three newer high school campuses. The older campus had grown somewhat haphazardly over the years, resulting in a disjointed facility with internal and external circulation problems, vehicular conflicts, and an aging and leaking swimming pool.
Following a series of community forums, the decision was reached to call for a bond election that would provide funding to modernize the campus. A key component of the bond election was gaining community support for the acquisition and redevelopment of 80 residential properties adjacent to the campus.
The $15.8 million in upgrades and expansion included a campus re-organization, a new Technology and Industrial (TI) building, and extensive sports facilities including playfields, locker rooms and competition swimming facilities. New facilities total 63,000 sf.
Site remodeling and additions included pedestrian and vehicular circular separation, additional parking, a new “home side” 3,000-person football grandstand, new team sport locker rooms in the athletic field area, 8 tennis courts, and two practice baseball/softball fields.
The TI building houses auto and wood shops, an agriculture program with livestock pens and horticulture program, a retail sales area, and two production greenhouses. Computer classroom labs are housed on the second story and incorporate daylighting design to bring natural light to all interior areas. The building is also home to a media production program and Chandler’s educational “Channel 99” TV Broadcast Studio.
The state-of-the-art 50-meter stretch pool features 24 -25 yard lanes for high school training and competition or 8 – 50 meter lanes for international training and competition, a dive tank, and a 10-lane scoreboard that was purchased by the graduating class of 2006. A consistent depth of six to seven feet throughout the swimming length of the pool provides less resistance to swimmers and allows for faster swim times.
The results have been rewarding…literally. The first completion meet in the new pool resulted in the breaking of many long standing state swimming records and much positive public press. The entire project team, Owner/Architect/Contractor, was rewarded with a City of Chandler Beautification Award cited for the public planning process and design that resulted in the major additions and improvements to the historically sensitive downtown campus.