Press Release: 02.28.2019

McCarthy Completes Kofa High School Campus Renovations & Additions

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McCarthy recently completed renovations and additions at Kofa High School, 3100 S. Avenue A, in Yuma, Ariz, for the Yuma Union High School District. DLR Group provided architecture, interior design and structural engineering for the project, which includes two new buildings and the remodel of four existing facilities.

Once a sprawling, unorganized campus consisting of four facilities built over decades, Kofa has been transformed into a cohesive high school campus to support the next generation of learners in Yuma. The new campus provides about 2,000 students in grades 9-12 updated academic classrooms and labs with abundant technology, and flexible collaboration areas that allow students to work in small or large groups.

“We are so excited about the transformation of Kofa High School and the opportunities it affords our students,” said Kofa High School Principal Michael Sharp.

The student hub now encompasses dining, socializing and student services in a central location. In addition to a new culinary arts classroom and restaurant that provides enhanced dining options for students, educators and community members, the student hub also houses the campus bookstore, student-run store and IT support center.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the teachers and staff throughout the project. We really felt like we were part of the Kofa Kings team,” said John Kovesdy, project manager for McCarthy Building Companies. “Collaborating with the district and our project partners has allowed the renovation to provide better campus flow along with new, much needed Career and Technical Education (CTE) classroom space.”

The project’s design frames an active zone south of the student hub, creating synergies between CTE courses such as personal training, athletics, nursing, physical education and health classes. Spaces in the active zone serve dual purposes. For instance, the wrestling room is also used for police take-down training; the strength training area is utilized by students completing the physical therapy certification program; and the nursing program shares spaces with the EMT certification program.

“The conversion of the original Kofa cafeteria at the C2 building into a new dynamic hub is one of the most dramatic changes in this renovation,” said DLR Group Principal Carmen Wyckoff, AIA.

Kofa High School remained in operation throughout the phased construction process. The $12 million project was funded by a 2015 voter-approved bond election. Arcadis served as the project manager.

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. Visit and follow at Twitter and LinkedIn.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy 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. 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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