Arroyo Elementary expansion project

Arroyo Elementary School students and staff break ground on a new building.

Washington Elementary School District continues to expand as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building on the Arroyo Elementary School campus.

The $16.2 million, 74,600-square-foot expansion project includes classrooms, a gym, parking, a drop-off area and play fields.

When the building is completed in May 2020, the remaining old buildings will be demolished to make way for new parking and play fields.

The latter are expected to be finished in October 2020.

“The ceremonial groundbreaking was a great way to celebrate a dream that will soon become a reality,” Arroyo Principal Philip Liles said.

“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.”

Constructed in 1974, Arroyo serves approximately 600 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The Title I school offers high academics as well as free, full-day kindergarten, art, music, physical education and an after-school program.

After a long process, the Washington Elementary School District selected Phoenix-based McCarthy Building Companies to construct the new wing that is funded by a voter-approved bond. BWS Architects collaborated with McCarthy. When completed, Arroyo students will learn in a high-tech school building that will be environmentally friendly.

“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, McCarthy’s education services project director.

“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.”

Horn said they focused on sustainable construction, and McCarthy is recognized as the nation’s top 20 green builder.

“At BWS Architects, we believe in creating enriching learning environments where students and educators can discover and grow together,” said Frank Slingerland, BWS Architects design principal. “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.”