Workers began construction on Saguaro High School’s new academic and administration buildings Wednesday, marking the start of the Scottsdale's fifth major classroom construction project.
Four of Scottsdale’s five high schools and the district’s alternative school are under construction. The projects are part of a $217 million bond approved by voters in 2004.
Dave Peterson, district chief of fi - nance and facilities, described many of the projects as “leapfrog” efforts because many new buildings are built on fields and parking lots. Then, as students and faculty move into the new facilities, the old ones are torn down so something else can go in.
Arcadia High School
Construction costs: $46.43 million
• Work this year is happening on the cafeteria, circle building and the main classroom building. Next year, workers will finish the main gym, Peterson said.
Saguaro High School
Construction costs:$49.63 million
Projects completed: August 2009
• Wednesday’s groundbreaking was for the first of two, two-story academic buildings and a new administration building, Peterson said. Work on the second building will start next year. Construction actually started in June with a new student parking lot.
Chaparral High School
Construction costs: $52.05 million
Projects completed: September 2008
• Work started Oct. 16 on a new athletic complex, arts buildings and kitchen and vocational classrooms, Peterson said. Work on new classroom buildings will start next year.
Construction costs: $3.31 million
Projects completed: June 2008
• Small construction projects will likely start in March or April, Peterson said. Two projects at the top of the list are an expanded dining facility and bathrooms for the sports facilities, he said.
Sierra Vista Academy
Construction costs: $4.52 million
• The district’s alternative school is expanding to twice its old size, Peterson said. The old buildings, which had been used for storage, were torn down over the summer. Those are being replaced.
Coronado High School
Construction costs: $49.85 million
• Construction workers are building locker rooms, a new auditorium and cafeteria, Peterson said. There will be work on new athletic fields and minor projects left next year, he said.