Camelback High School, Renovations and Additions

Phoenix, Arizona

  • FIRM

    ART Architects


    Phoenix Union High School District

  • AREA

    176,143 sq.ft.





The “small school” concept is a districtwide design philosophy that was supported by the upgrade of this 1950s campus. The design of this project consists of two new three-story academic buildings replacing six existing two-story academic buildings. One of the buildings houses two “small schools” in 102,000 square feet. The second building contains the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,500COST PER SQ FT$163.17FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation “small school” and library in 68,000 square feet. Each “small school” has its own atrium and courtyard for student gatherings.

The kitchen at Camelback High School dated from the 1950s. The major remodel involved demolition and replacement of all kitchen mechanical and electrical systems, finish surfaces and partitions. The kitchen was reconfigured to conform with newer schools in the district, reducing preparation steps and speeding up the process of preparing the food and moving it to the students.

All construction was completed during the seven-week summer recess, and the cafeteria was open for business the first day of the fall semester. The vivid interior and exterior color palette was in keeping with the original school administration’s request.