Although construction started more than a month ago, the Maricopa Unified School District will hold the official ground breaking ceremony for the new district office this Thursday.
“When we put this project out to bid, we thought we would be able to build a 20,000- square foot facility, but, thanks to some good planning and a poor market, we are going to be able to build a 38,000-square foot facility and still come in $300,000 under budget,” said assistant to the superintendent Burnie Hibbard.
“We are hoping to have the office completed for the start of the 2009-2010 school year,” said Donald Brubaker, the district’s architect.
The new office will include space for district staff, a training/board room, kitchenette, technology center and reception areas.
The original construction plan would have supported a district of up to 10,000 students, but, with the extra square footage, the number of students this district office can support will exceed 15,000.
The district office is one of four projects for which bond money is still available. The other three are the transportation facility and phase 3b and 4 of the high school renovation and expansion.
If you go:
What: District Office groundbreaking
When: Feb. 26, 2009, at 4:15 p.m.
Where: Senita site off Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway – near Rotary Park
Photo by Michael K. Rich