Gladden Farms Elementary School

Marana, Arizona  |  Marana Unified School District

This new 750-student, two-story, 80,000 sf Pre-K - 5 elementary school is located in the heart of the Gladden Farms community of Marana, Arizona.  As the result of numerous interactive workshops and programming sessions involving the MUSD community, administration and staff, a dynamic new school was developed to promote project-based learning and encourage student and teacher interaction in new ways.  This school fully supports the district’s Gradual Release of Responsibility philosophy.  With full height, operable glass walls, classrooms open entirely onto shared “learning corridors” where students complete art projects, conduct experiments, participate in break-out sessions, and collaborate with their peers.  The classroom “wings” connect to a two-story “commons” area, with balconies, bleacher-stairs and a story-telling nook, that offers opportunities for all-school assemblies, smaller group activities, and the display of student work.  Students eat lunch in a cafeteria that includes a full-service kitchen and stage.  The cafeteria opens to two covered courts that provide overflow space, an area for outdoor dining, as well as a shaded outdoor play area. 

The building is a simple, integrally colored masonry structure that incorporates the use of colorful shade devices to protect south, east, and west-facing exposures.  The continuously insulated, high-performance building envelope will save the district in energy costs over the lifespan of the school.

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Valley View Early Learning Center Expansion

Tucson, Arizona  |  Catalina Foothills School District

The expansion of the Existing Valley View Early Learning Center consists of the addition of new classrooms, a new motor room, a large multi-purpose space, a new kitchen, and additional support spaces, as well as the renovation of some existing facilities. The project aims to more than double the size of the existing facility. The site is located in the scenic foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the design integrates with the sloping site as well as the design of the existing facility. The new classrooms step with the slope as the move across the site to minimize site disruption. Each classroom opens onto contiguous playground spaces and takes advantage of natural lighting with clerestory windows and other shaded openings. The multi-purpose space is intended to be used by not only the school, but also the community, and for other district functions. The flexible space can seat up to 200 people and be organized to accommodate a variety of functions. A plaza to the north allows for outdoor functions, and takes advantage of the spectacular mountain backdrop. Two entries have been created to alleviate congestion and provide after-hours access to the multi-purpose space.

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Picture Rocks Intermediate School Expansion

Marana, Arizona  |  Marana Unified School District

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Wetmore Administration and Professional Development Center

Tucson, Arizona  |  Amphitheater Public Schools

This project remodels the District Administration Offices of Amphitheater Public Schools and adds a new Professional Development Center. Situated on an old elementary school campus, in buildings over 50 years old, the existing facilities were extremely inefficient. The design creates new offices, conference areas, and work rooms. Every permanent workspace has access to natural light and views. Exterior upgrades to the Benefits and Human Resources Departments enhance the public image for the facility as seen from Wetmore Road. The project also significantly improves interior and exterior way-finding for staff and the public, and provides an obvious building entry. The new Professional Development Center is designed for teacher trainings, interviews, school board meetings, community functions, and other district activities. 

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Amphitheater Middle School

Tucson, Arizona  |  Amphitheater Public Schools

With improvements to every space on campus, this project changed the flow, security, image, and culture of the district’s oldest school. The new additions and renovated buildings face the main road and have become a source of pride for the community. While colors, forms, patterns and important artifacts, such as the old school bell and newly exposed wood trusses in the historic gym, connect the new construction to the past, the facility is unmistakably a 21st Century learning environment.

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Amphitheater High School Additions and Renovations

Tucson, Arizona  |  Amphitheater Public Schools

This high school renovation transforms the stadium experience for students and the public, making the facility a state-wide venue for football, soccer, track and other events. Other extensive renovation and additions to the occupied campus include restrooms, administration areas, portable replacements and a new PE classroom, weight room, and snack bar building. Site work on this long-standing campus included utility relocation, drainage modifications and extensive site circulation and parking improvements. 

The new field house at Amphitheater High School has been featured in the Arizona Daily Star's series "Gridiron Guides," read the guide here.

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Marana & Mountain View High School Synthetic Turf Fields

Marana, Arizona  |  Marana Unified School District

Natural turf football fields at both Marana Unified School District high schools were replaced with new, state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields.  The beautiful new fields eliminate the need to water and significantly reduce maintenance costs because they are pre-lined, require no mowing, and never have to be re-crowned. These multi-use fields are used for annual graduation ceremonies and shared with many local community organizations including youth soccer and football leagues.

The new football fields at Marana High School  and Mountain View High School have been featured in the Arizona Daily Star's series "Gridiron Guides." Read the guides here:

          Gridiron Guides - Marana High School

          Gridiron Guides - Mountain View High School

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Bylas K-8 Cultural Immersion School

Bylas, Arizona  |  San Carlos Indian Reservation

This new school was designed to reflect and instill the culture and traditions of the San Carlos Apache community, including language preservation and food cultivation/preparation. The project includes typical elementary school spaces (MPR, kitchen, media center, music, art, kindergarten classrooms, admin, etc.), and incorporates shaded exterior learning spaces, such as gardens and ceremonial plazas. Block patterns and building forms relate to the landscape, terrain, and animal life of the desert. The project was planned for the addition of facilities for tribal elders, who will be integral in passing on vital knowledge to the students.

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Bella Vista Elementary

Sierra Vista, Arizona

The design of this K-5 school is the result of a collaborative effort between BWS Architects, educators, administrators, facilities representatives, and the school board president. The most important goals were: every classroom will have windows to the exterior, the school will provide a safe, secure educational environment, and the building will be constructed of high quality, low maintenance materials and systems. The result is a one-story facility built of exposed masonry, organized around two interior courtyards. Common use spaces have sloped ceilings that capture natural daylight and create dramatic interior volumes. Every space in the building receives natural light through the playful arrangement of windows and glass block.

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Poston Butte High School

San Tan Valley, Arizona

This new 1,500-student high school includes a three-court gymnasium, practice gym, wrestling room, locker rooms, physical education/health, administration offices, full range of classroom facilities including science labs, auto mechanics, culinary arts, and robotics, kitchen facilities with an adjacent multi-purpose room, and a media center. Site work includes baseball, softball and multi-use fields, a football stadium with field, an all-weather track, lights for all of the fields, a centrally located concession stand, a bus facility with three bays, storage, and offices, student, staff and bus parking, and a central plant. The master plan, also part of this project, includes provisions for a future aquatic facility, an auditorium to seat 750, and additional athletic fields. The school uses the “Beyond Textbooks” approach to maximize the use of digital resources and eliminate the need for textbooks.

personal experience of BWS Principal Frank Slingerland

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General Myer Elementary School

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Designed for 450 students, this new school accommodates grades 3-5. Located on an Army installation, the building is sensitive to specific issues facing children from military families who frequently relocate and must continually adapt to new environments. Each grade acts as a “school within a school”, with its own classroom wing, display area in the main circulation corridor, and a courtyard with an outdoor classroom. The project includes new media center; music, band, and art rooms; and an MPR with a stage and full-service kitchen that serves the entire District.

personal experience of BWS Principal Frank Slingerland

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Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School

Tucson, Arizona  |  Marana Unified School District

This campus-style school accommodates grades K-5 and includes classroom “pods,” a media center, a computer lab, MPR and kitchen, and administration all surrounding a large, entirely secure courtyard. A true community center, portions of this school are accessible to local organizations on weekends and evenings. The campus shares facilities with the neighboring Town of Marana park and is planned for future expansion.

personal experience of BWS Principal Frank Slingerland

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Davidson Elementary School

LEED CERTIFIED

Tucson, Arizona  |  Tucson Unified School District

This new SFB funded K-5 school includes 20 classrooms, administration, library, nurse, MRP/full kitchen, playfields, and parking. This school accommodates mainstreamed special needs students and includes sustainable features that serve as teaching tools – students monitor solar energy generated on site, water harvesting, weather, and the processing of recyclable materials. This was TUSD’s first LEED Certified school.

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Colonel Johnston Elementary School

Fort Huachuca, Arizona

This project started with a Needs Study that analyzed deficiencies of the District’s aging schools and was the second of two new elementary school projects built. The pre-k through 2nd grade school includes special education, music, art, band practice, outdoor classrooms, MRP, stage and kitchen, media center, district technology hub, and administration. The project was constructed while the existing school and bus maintenance facility remained open and operational.

personal experience of BWS Principal Frank Slingerland

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