Students, staff, parents and members of the community gathered at Desert Edge High School on April 18 to inaugurate and tour the school’s new building: a 10,565-square-foot field house equipped with a new athletic training triage space for stadium sports; strength training facility with weights; sprint training track; 3,300 square-foot outdoor training area; and academic areas designed for sports medicine instruction and athletic training curriculum.
The field house, which was funded through a voter-approved bond election in November 2015, is a product of the community’s efforts, Desert Edge Principal Julie Jones said.
“None of this would be possible without our taxpayers, our community, our parents and our students who hit the pavement and went door to door for our bond, asking people to support our school, our district,” Jones said.
Agua Fria Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Dennis Runyan said the field house will generate new athletic opportunities.
“This new facility, which was realized through the support of our community and patrons, gives the students and faculty a state-of-the-art-building for the support of sports medicine, training and health-related student services. It is a wonderful addition to the contemporary comprehensive high school athletic environment,” Runyan said in a statement.
But Jones said the field house isn’t just for athletes.
“It’s for the whole school, and that’s what’s so amazing about this building because it is for everyone and for all students,” she said.
Jones recognized DLR Group, the design firm behind the project’s architecture, and McCarthy Building Companies, the company that provided construction services.
“McCarthy and DLR – our architects and our construction company – have been absolutely amazing,” she said.
The field house reflects the companies’ effective partnership, said Tyler Shupe, project director for McCarthy’s Education Services group.
“This project benefited from a highly collaborative and creative project team, which has worked together in the past, and came together again to ensure the goals were achieved for the benefit of the Scorpions and students at Desert Edge,” Shupe said in a statement.
Jones recounted a day “where it all started.”
“We had all our student athletes and teachers and board members and parents all out here asking our community for that support, and they came through. So, thank you,” she said.
“This is going to be a wonderful building for our kids.”