EDUCATION

Arizona Charter School Association (ACSA)

December 7, 2016
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Owner | Arizona Charter School Association

Architect | SPS + Architects

Segment | Education

Size | 6,700 SF

Location | Phoenix, AZ

GCON transformed this former insurance company office into a modern and inviting professional center to house the offices of Arizona Charter School Association.  The space includes three separate and freshly painted buildings surrounding a small courtyard complete with seating areas and a dog hangout, fire hydrant included.  Large floor to ceiling windows offer an abundance of natural light throughout each building.  Built-in cubicle areas were removed to create more space, while new flooring, paint and furniture were added to create warm and welcoming reception areas to the two administrative buildings.  The training building features offices, state-of-the-art audio-video technology, and a large area that can be partitioned off into three smaller areas for multiple training opportunities or events.

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Bayer Private School (Phase II)

December 2, 2016
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Owner | Softwind LLC

Architect | DLR Group

Segment | Educational

Size | 7,830 SF

Location | Glendale, AZ

With the successful start up of Bayer Private School, GCON was excited to be involved in the expansion of the campus. Phase 2 of Bayer included a multipurpose room, three classrooms, two restrooms, snack bar, electrical room, storage and a janitorial closet. A breezeway was constructed to join the new addition with the existing building. Consistency in finishes offer unity on the campus between the original and new areas. The multipurpose room includes a stage, projector screen and surround sound and can also be used as a cafeteria. Additional components of this second phase included landscape, hardscape, and play areas.

Changes to the existing building included the transformation of two restrooms into a classroom, unisex restroom and a janitorial closet. Work began in the summer and was completed at the end of September 2016. As the student returned to campus for the new school year, GCON was able to offer a learning experience to the students demonstrating the construction process.

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Bayer Private School

March 24, 2016
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Owner | Softwind LLC

Architect | DLR Group

Segment | Educational

Size | 20,000 SF

Location | Glendale, AZ

This Design-Build project celebrated its grand opening only 20 weeks after groundbreaking. Under what most would consider an impossible time line to design and construct, the Design-Build collaboration between GCON and DLR Group provided the Bayer Private School students and faculty and on-time start to the 2015-2016 school year.   This beautiful two-story, 20,000 SF school consists of administration offices, support spaces and eight regular and two specialty classrooms.  The project was constructed with high-end residential features to fit into the surrounding community incorporating Santa Barbara architectural features.  The school can serve up to 440 students from pre-K through 8th grade.

 

2nd floor interior B Classroom downstairs int B Exterior Hall Front Exterior Outside Area

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Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark

March 13, 2015
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Owner | Edkey LLC

Architect | Hunt & Caraway Architects

Segment | Educational

Size | 38,000 SF

Location | Mesa, AZ

This new charter school for Edkey, Inc (formerly Sequoia Schools) in the Eastmark Development followed GCON’s Design-Build process with custom Program development and competitive Design RFP (refer to page 2 for more details on GCON’s Design-Build Process).

A K-6 school for 45o students, construction began with new site grading and infrastructure and is comprised of a slab on grade,tilt-up concrete frame with metal stud walls and a combination of EIFS and Hardie Board systems. Designed for a “children’s museum” feel, this facility consists of interchangeable, interactive learning resources and demonstrations built into classrooms, common areas and learning boulevards (hallways). Additionally, all 18 classrooms have additional learning space to allow for small group activities and exploration of skills and concepts. Other aspects of the school include a computer lab, a multipurpose room/gymnasium, an outdoor interactive learning playground, and a library in the student common area. A unique feature to this STEM Academy school is the open grand rotunda on the exterior providing students and faculty a special outdoor place to congregate. GCON assisted with FF&E and move-in coordination. This fast-track project was completed in just six months.

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Pathfinder Academy at Las Sendas

March 13, 2015
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Owner | Edkey LLC

Architect | EMC2 Architects

Segment | Educational

Size | 32,000 SF

Location | Mesa, AZ

Located in Mesa’s Las Sendas Community, this new charter school for Edkey, Inc (formerly Sequoia Schools) followed GCON’s Design-Build process with custom Program development and competitive Design RFP (refer to page 2 for more details on GCON’s Design-Build Process). GCON conducted new site grading, utility coordination and roadway infrastructure to begin the project. The building is comprised of a slab on grade, wood frame with a combination of brick veneer, EIFS and Hardie Board siding. Designed to incorporate a Monticello look, stone columns are integrated throughout with a prominent dome feature made out of translucent panels is the center point of this STEM Academy. Offering a learning environment that inspires academic excellence through an engaging and personalized approach, the school offers a “Children’s Museum” mindset. Students are exposed to hands-on interactive and dynamically challenging learning displays throughout the campus. Additional aspects of the school include a computer lab, a multipurpose room/gymnasium, an outdoor interactive learning playground, and a library in the student common area. GCON assisted with FF&E and move-in coordination.

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Arizona Charter Academy

March 12, 2015
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Owner | Arizona Charter Academy

Architect | Cawley Architects

Segment | Educational

Size | 40,000 SF

Location | Surprise, AZ

With the extensive expansion of the Arizona Charter Academy, plans were implemented for work to be done in phases. Phase I included a new build addition of two classrooms, multi-purpose/lunchroom and a teachers lounge at the elementary campus.

Phase II consisted of a 26,000 SF, two-story new high school building with 13 classrooms, two science labs, dance room, library, recording studio, conference rooms and offices. Construction was performed on an occupied campus ensuring continuous operations and providing extensive safety measures to separate student and staff from any construction activity.

Phase III involved demolition and renovation of approximately 9,500 SF to house nine classrooms, a library and a 700 SF server room which serves as the campus networking hub. Exterior improvements were also made by increasing parking areas and adding a new queuing lane for drop off and dismissal.

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Children First Academy

March 11, 2015
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Owner | Edkey LLC

Architect | GBA Architects

Segment | Educational

Size | 38,000 SF

Location | Phoenix, AZ

GCON took a vacant old Food City store and re-purposed it into a new charter school to serve the educational needs of approximately 400 homeless children in the area. GCON was brought on late into the Design phase. When permitting was being issued, the owner removed the lead architect because of numerous design issues. GCON provided Design-Build assistance to correct the issues and resolve schedule and budget challenges while bringing on a new design partner and regrouping the sub consultants. With the building structurally intact, only a few minor deficiencies needed correcting exteriorly, along with an update to the facade of the building to represent an educational facility. New doors, windows, canopies and roof were also part of the exterior update. The interior build-out included all new plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems as well as the development of administration, classrooms, science and computer labs, library and cafeteria. Extensive site work included civil redesign, parking, playground and athletic field areas.

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Maricopa Community College – Rio Salado Satellite Campus

February 13, 2015
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Owner | Maricopa County Community College District

Architect | DWL Architects & Planners

Segment | Educational

Size | 30,000 SF

Location | Tempe, AZ

Conversion of an in-line retail center into a 30,000 SF satellite campus facility for Rio Salado Community College. The project included several classrooms, administrative offices, computer labs and a student lounge.

 

 

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Montessori In The Park

February 13, 2015
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Owner | Montessori In The Park

Architect | CLC Associates

Segment | Educational

Size | 14,340 SF

Location | Goodyear, AZ

This Design-Build project included the development of the owner’s program, GMP  and a competitive design selection which permitted the final drawing to be set within the GMP. The campus consisted of an administration, recreation and auditorium. building along with two large individual classroom buildings. The interior portion of the campus included multi-use areas for playgrounds, sports and gardening.

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San Tan Learning Center

February 13, 2015
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Owner | Champion Higley Park Commons, LLLP

Architect | FM Group

Segment | Educational

Size | 32,000 SF

Location | Gilbert, AZ

This K-8 charter school was for a repeat client and consisted of a ground-up, 32,000 SF facility. GCON provided Design-Build services following our unique process from custom program development to competitive design selection. The school included a library, multi-purpose room, classrooms, specialty classrooms, administrative area and outdoor play and athletic areas.

 

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