Press Release: 04.26.2018

Combs High School Performing Arts Center Celebrates Construction Milestone

Combs High School Performing Arts Center Topping Out Ceremony

J.O. Combs Unified School District administration and staff, students and members of the project team celebrated a topping out milestone for the new 25,000-square-foot Combs Performing Arts Center and sports field house at Combs High School, located at 2505 E. Germann Road in San Tan Valley, Ariz. The celebration included a ceremonial beam-signing.

Upon completion of these buildings, the original full campus master plan for Combs High School, which opened in 2009, will be fulfilled. The new Performing Arts Center was designed for maximum functionality for students, educators and audience members. To serve all users, the house will be used as a hands-on teaching space for the school’s Stagecraft and Fine Arts programs and will be acoustically balanced for both amplified sound and live performances. The lobby will offer an area to showcase student art pieces. In addition, the entire auditorium is available to community members for personal and business use.

“I am excited for our students and our community to benefit from a fully functioning performing arts building,” said Shelly Hargis, Governing Board President. “The new building will also give our San Tan Valley residents the opportunity to showcase their programs without having to travel to neighboring districts."

“Excellent progress is being made on Combs Performing Arts Center. Our design and project teams have really come together to incorporate special details and features that allow the center to be a unique building and addition to Combs High School. We are on track to open as planned in January 2019,” said Steve Poulin, McCarthy Building Companies Education Services.

DLR Group is the architect for the project, and McCarthy is the general contractor. Construction management services are being provided by Arcadis. The Performing Arts Center is slated to open in January 2019.

Carmen Wyckoff, architect with the design team DLR Group | WRL, added, “The Combs Performing Arts Center will not only support the performing arts, but also be an asset to the community, display student artwork in the lobby, and teach technical theater students on state-of-the-art equipment.  We are so honored to be part of this amazing center.”

“The Performing Arts Center will be the gem to a beautiful campus and provide an intimate setting to showcase the talents of the Combs’ Students,” said Stephen Jones, senior program manager for Arcadis.

The project also includes the addition of a 2,900-square-foot field house, which will accommodate multiple sports activities with equipment storage room as well as space for pre-game and half-time gatherings.


About DLR Group
DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse.

Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Our view of the world.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 20th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than $3.5 billion in revenues. Visit

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