Arizona High School Project Celebrates Topping-Out

By Eric Althoff

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz.—General contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction has officially reached the midpoint of its work on the Ridgeview College Preparatory High School in Arizona’s San Tan Valley.

The new school, designed by Carhuff & Cueva Architects, will offer science laboratories, classrooms equipped with the latest technology and a large gymnasium.

Ridgeview will be a tuition-free, nonprofit public charter high school that aims to help the underserved students in the areas of San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, Florence and Mesa to finish up their high school education while also getting a jump on college courses and preparing for their careers.

“We’re excited to see the beginnings of what will become a transformational journey in the lives of so many East Valley students and educators,” said Michele Kaye, chief operating officer of the Leona Group, which manages the school.  “This milestone is an important one in the life of the school.  It’s where our plans to create close and collaborative mentorships begin to take shape in the built environment.”

“This project is just one of many K-12 builds AP is working on in the region. Like all of them, we’re dedicated to the quick and safe construction of a well-built school that enhances students’ education across the Phoenix metro area,” added Scott Salyer, Adolfson & Peterson regional manager.  “We’re committed to delivering the finished school to the Leona Group prior to the start of its inaugural semester in July.”

Adolfson & Peterson commenced construction on the 37,000-square-foot campus in March and is expected to finish up come July, in time for the first classes.  Ridgeview College Prep is now enrolling students for grades 9 through 11 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Students in grade 12 will be able to enroll starting in 2022.

Adolfson & Peterson, which was founded in 1946, has been working in the Phoenix area for 30 years.  They have consulted on such other local education facilities as campuses for the Academies of Math and Science and BASIS Charter Schools.  They have also been tapped for work at Williams Field High School, the Maricopa Institute of Technology and the North Scottsdale Campus for Candeo Schools Inc.  The firm was ranked by Engineering News Record as one of the Top 100 Contractors.