Sahuarita High School

Sahuarita, Arizona

  • FIRM

    Durrant

  • CLIENT

    Sahuarita Unified School District

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $11,060,695.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/1998

This 40-acre new high school campus consists of a student services/media center, a pair of two-story classroom buildings, an art and music building, carpentry shop, auto shop/technology lab/cafeteria building, three-court gymnasium, lighted track and football field, softball, baseball and soccer fields, and six tennis courts. The school, on a newly developed site, is ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$72.29FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio adjacent to the existing high school that it replaces. The new school shares the existing high school auditorium with the former high school, which is being converted to a middle school.

The buildings form a protective perimeter around the campus and define a large, open common area. Spaces that are to be shared with the public, such as the gymnasium, cafeteria and business/computer classrooms, have internal entries for use during school hours and external entries for community use after hours.

Special features of Sahuarita High School include: accommodation for 1,100 students, with expansion capacity to 1,600; advanced technology with capability to accommodate future systems; community-use facilities; federally funded wetlands system that prepares effluent water for fireflow and irrigation purposes; auto facility for a nationally recognized auto-mechanics program; a special platform area adjacent to the carpentry shop for construction and removal of a house that is donated to Habitat for Humanity at the end of each semester; integrally colored smooth and split-face masonry construction.

Photographer: ©Mark Boisclair Photography