Desert Canyon Middle School

Scottsdale, Arizona

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Scottsdale Unified School District No. 48

  • AREA

    147,698 sq.ft.





Desert Canyon Middle School is part of a master-planned multiple-use project involving the school district and city of Scottsdale. The master plan includes the middle school, an elementary school, city administrative and police offices, community recreation areas and a public library.

First-phase construction included core facilities ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$109.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio middle-school houses. Second-phase construction, currently underway, includes the elementary house. Future phases include the expansion of the library and gym to include a public fitness center and development of additional recreation facilities.

The 1,200-student middle school is composed of eight 150-student academic classroom houses. Specialized classroom buildings offer music, art, physical education and technology. Core shared-use facilities, such as administration, band, art, the library and food service, are sited between the two schools, allowing for separation and easy access.

The cafeteria/auditorium divides into three areas, each with access to the kitchen, which serves elementary students in a speed line and middle-school students with a food court. The facility can be leased for banquet and formal events.

Photographer: ©Al Payne