Liberty Elementary School District, Chasse Building Team and DLR Group

Liberty Elementary School District, Chasse Building Team and DLR Group officials break ground on Blue Horizon Elementary School in Buckeye. 

Liberty Elementary School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8, to celebrate the start of construction on the new Blue Horizon Elementary School, 2700 W. Blue Horizon Parkway North in Buckeye. 

The new school will accommodate student population growth within the city of Buckeye and Liberty Elementary School District. 

Blue Horizon Elementary is a prototype design of the recent Liberty Elementary School rebuild, also designed by DLR Group. With similar programs, the design team can use the previous design as a kit of parts placed strategically on the new site for optimum daylighting, relationship to the neighborhood, and to provide a courtyard-style campus that optimizes exterior educational environments.

“As a growing district, one challenge the governing board faces is to ensure that the district has sufficient classroom space for its children,” said Mark Aguire, board president. 

“Our community responded to that need and passed a bond election to build Blue Horizon. The Liberty Elementary School District’s vision is to cultivate curious, confident problem solvers prepared for tomorrow. The construction of Blue Horizon Elementary will provide not only additional facility space but a learning environment designed specifically to support this vision. We are so thankful for the community’s commitment to children and their education.”

Superintendent Dr. Lori Shough added she is grateful for the bond’s passage. 

“Thanks to our voters, a new school will provide much-needed facility space for our growing district so that children can learn in a safe, inspiring and future-ready school within their own community,” Shough said. 

DLR Group’s exterior design features parapets for a clean roof line and swooping curvilinear canopies that not only connect the buildings functionally but activate the exterior educational spaces within the campus. 

The interior theme of a slot canyon concept ties all buildings on campus together and brings energy into the spaces with angled walls and skylights brightening vibrant colored corridors. Flexibility is prioritized with operable partitions and collaboration areas that allow for a variety of educational spaces for multimodal learning.

“Applying a prototype design of the latest elementary school rebuild results in a shortened construction schedule, which is important to this rapidly growing community,” said DLR Group Principal David Schmidt. 

“DLR Group was able to quickly transform the new school design into something truly fitting of the Blue Horizon community, upholding the goals of community connection, innovation and flexibility.”

The multibuilding campus will accommodate 900 students and will be constructed in phases due to funding sources. The first phase is scheduled to open fall 2021.

“We are so excited to partner with Liberty Elementary School District and DLR Group on such a great project,” said Barry Chasse of Chasse Building Team. 

“CHASSE has been ‘building to make a difference’ since 2007, and we are thrilled to bring our experience to your students and surrounding community. The innovative designs will be impacting generations of young minds for years and years to come.”