The $27-million expansion project includes four new pre-engineered metal buildings encompassing 87,502 square feet, additional classrooms, and new athletics equipment and facilities. AP will also pave a new fire lane, pour a concrete paver turnaround for visitor access, and install a new canopy shade structure. The new structures will sit north of the existing campus on approximately 11 acres between Estrella and Eddie Avenues.
“We’re pleased to start construction on such a significant project for the community,” said Scott Salyer, Vice President of Operations for AP. “While we’ve completed a slew of expansion and renovation projects within the Phoenix-Tucson metro area, this is our first in Southeast Arizona. We worked directly with DUSD and local subcontractors to ensure the best use of school and state funds, and we look forward to continue working with them throughout the construction process to deliver the project on time.”
The new and upgraded buildings will feature a new cafeteria, an upgraded commons area, a counseling department, 16 multipurpose and multiple science classrooms with lab space for STEAM classes, and an innovative area for DHS’ students with special needs. The expansion will also provide the school with multiple areas to increase and upgrade its Career and Technical Education programs and a new theater for its performing arts program. Lastly, the high school’s athletic and physical education department will also receive a new space with a weights and athletics facility.
“As Superintendent, it brings great joy to know that this will be a place where our children will have the tools to realize their dreams and potential,” said DUSD Superintendent Ana Samaniego. “This groundbreaking event is symbolic of our state government’s commitment to educational excellence for every child and marks the beginning of a new era in how we educate our high school students in Douglas.”
Construction on the Douglas High School expansion project recently began and is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2022. Sketch Architecture is the design partner and Estimating Plus is the project manager for DUSD.
AP has maintained an office in Phoenix for 30 years with a long history of providing repeat construction management services for educational institutions throughout the state. AP’s past and current projects include work for the Academies of Math and Science, BASIS Charter Schools, Williams Field High School in Gilbert, the Maricopa Institute of Technology in Phoenix, and Candeo Schools in Scottsdale.