Press Release: 04.29.2014

McCarthy to Begin Major Renovations at Paradise Valley High School

McCarthy Building Companies was recently awarded a $12.2 million contract for a major renovation project at Paradise Valley High School, located at 3950 E. Bell Road in Phoenix. 

The project includes phased demolition of three buildings and the installation of four classroom pods to house the students during construction. Two new multi-story classroom buildings will be constructed representing 60,000 square feet of space. One building will house the Science Department and classrooms while the other will focus on Career Technical Education programs, including culinary arts, fashion merchandising and early childhood education.

The renovation also includes replacing the roof on Trojan Hall and the administrative building, replacing the chillers in the small gym, and replacing the boilers in both the cafeteria and small gym. Construction on these smaller aspects of the project began in June 2013. The demolition and new construction phases will begin in June 2014 and are slated for completion in August 2015.

“The Paradise Valley High School District discussed improvements with the school community and will judiciously use available funds on construction improvements that will provide the greatest impact for students and staff,” said Steve Poulin, project director with McCarthy Building Companies. “The buildings that we are replacing were constructed in the 1960s. The new buildings will provide modern amenities for students and will allow the school’s Career Technical Education programs to flourish.”

In November 2012, voters in the Paradise Valley school district approved a $203 million capital bond to renovate and maintain schools, comply with safety regulations, improve school grounds and buy furniture, equipment, technology and buses. The renovations at Paradise Valley High School are being funded through this bond.

”We are grateful to district voters for supporting the bond issues that make these renovations possible,” said Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee. “PV High School houses a number of first-rate academic programs and modernizing these facilities is critical to their success.”

In early 2013, McCarthy completed a $5 million, 24,000-square-foot renovation to the PVHS Performing Arts Center. The inside of the auditorium was completely gutted to modernize the space, complete with ADA access modifications, new seating, new theatrical lighting, sound upgrades and a more open entry. New rigging systems and curtains were also installed due to the increased height from stage to structure, which enhances stage presence by providing a larger opening.

ADM Group is the architect for the new Science and Career Technical Education building additions. Major subcontractors include Pueblo Mechanical, Jen Electric, Irontree Plumbing and Schuff Steel.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the second largest general contractor in the Southwest, and nation’s 8th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2013). With more than 150 years of experience, McCarthy is the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firm and one of Arizona’s premier commercial builders. Committed to the construction of high-performance buildings, the company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for healthcare, education, renewable energy and water/wastewater facilities, in addition to office buildings, mixed-use projects, entertainment/retail venues, government buildings and parking structures. The McCarthy Southwest Division is based in Phoenix. McCarthy also has offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas; Albuquerque; Dallas and Houston; St. Louis and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee-owned. More information about the company is available at

About the Paradise Valley Unified School District

Paradise Valley Unified School District serves more than 32,000 students in 44 elementary, middle and high schools in northeast Phoenix and Scottsdale. District boundaries extend from Seventh Avenue to Pima Road, and Northern Avenue to Jomax Road.

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