Representatives from the Agua Fria Union High School District, DLR Group, Chasse Building Team, community members from Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale and Waddell as well as teachers, administrators, staff and the more than 450 incoming freshmen gathered on Monday, August 6 to officially open the District’s newest high school, Canyon View High School.
Canyon View High School is the newest high school in the Agua Fria Union High School District, located at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, at 6024 N. Perryville Road Waddell, AZ 85355.
The state-of-the-art high school was designed by DLR Group and built by Chasse Building Team. DLR Group’s design is comprised of forward-thinking spaces and places that empower teachers to advance their professional skills, and students to develop critical competencies through deep learning. By gaining real-world experience, students at Canyon View High School learn skills that are in demand and businesses are provided with a career ready workforce.
“The entire project team-from district representatives, community and business leaders, to the design and construction partners-embraced the opportunity for Canyon View High School to become a catalyst for change and innovation,” said DLR Group Principal Pamela Loeffelman, FAIA. “We introduced unprecedented concepts in our design, such as the Accelerator and the Agora, to raise the bar for teaching and learning locally and globally.”
According to Superintendent Runyan, Canyon View High School offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on STEM concepts and Career and Technical Education pathways. Canyon View will provide students a career pathway focus comprised of rigorous courses and opportunities for college credits via dual enrollment and Advanced Placement.
Learning experiences will focus on a “project” or “problem” based, collaborative learning model with individualized instruction provided in small learning communities with a comprehensive view of programming and curriculum that fosters opportunities for success for all students. CVHS offers career pathways in agriculture, coding, computer programming, television and film production, graphic design, health sciences and marketing.
In March 2018, DLR Group began measuring thermal comfort throughout the campus and will measure energy consumption during the 2018-19 school year. The desired outcomes are twofold: one, for Canyon View High School to operate 78 percent more efficiently than a traditional high school per EnergyStar benchmark in the same climate and two, for a more comfortable overall user experience for students and staff.
“Chasse Building Team utilized the LEAN construction process on the project, a method of production aimed at reducing costs, material, time and effort” said Chasse, Chasse Building Team Owner. “Canyon View High School is Arizona’s flagship model for 21st century learning. We incorporated cutting-edge, energy-saving techniques into the project. We are very proud of the finished product and believe it will be looked to as a benchmark in design and construction of future High Schools.”
According to Nowlin, principal, the school will serve a diverse population, that includes special services to student with special needs and a variety of student programs including but not limited to 17 Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity sports, co-curricular activities such as Student Government, National Honor Society, Black Student Union and Unified Sports.
The new $76 million high school was funded through a successful bond referendum vote on November 4, 2015.