Press Release: 08.03.2016

McCarthy to Renovate Arredondo Elementary School in Tempe, Ariz.

Arrendondo Elementary School

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and the Tempe Elementary School District recently broke ground on a major renovation project for Arredondo Elementary School in Tempe, Ariz. 

The school, which was originally built in 1973, will undergo extensive renovations over the 2016-17 school year, expanding the campus more than 66,000 square feet, with additional classrooms, a project lab and an assessment lab. 

The campus will also feature:

  • Six common spaces throughout the campus within the classroom areas (breakout areas with secondary supervision) 
  • A new updated learning commons (library), renovated multipurpose room and a 3,500-square-foot cafeteria with a new kitchen/serving area
  • Increased parent and staff parking and student drop-off and pick-up
  • Enlarged and dedicated bus drop-off and pick-up location
  • Day lighting within all classrooms, new building lighting and mechanical systems, which will result in energy savings
  • Security upgrades throughout the campus
  • Outdoor learning spaces

During the renovation, Arredondo students will be relocated to the Meyer Elementary School campus for the 2016-2017 school year. 

The $11.8 million project is being funded thanks to the passage of a bond election in 2009. The architect on the project is DLR Group. Construction is slated for completion in July 2017.

Arredondo Elementary School’s name honors longtime Tempe residents Alejandro and Josefa Arredondo. Mrs. Arredondo worked in Tempe Elementary cafeterias. All of the Arredondo children have worked in education. 

“The Education Services team at McCarthy is honored to be leading this school renovation project,” said David Peterson, vice president of operations for the Education Services team at McCarthy. “We know this school is an important part of Tempe’s community fabric and more than four decades of students have received elementary education there. The renovated school will pay homage to Arredondo’s history while modernizing the facility for 21st century learning.”

About McCarthy
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 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). 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+.

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Patty Johnson,, 602.402.2965
Stephanie Jarnagan,, 480.201.7572

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