Phase One is about to begin for the remodeling of Hopi Elementary School.
The 57-year-old school is undergoing renovations over the next year or so, thanks to a $228 million bond approved for the project by voters last November at the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board meeting. The plan is for the project to take place over the next 18 months, although there is not an official end date set yet.
“There is no deadline for completion,” Daniel O’Brien, chief business & operations officer for SUSD, told the Arcadia News in March. “But, of course, we want to create and deliver a new campus to the Hopi community as soon as possible.”
Hopi is only the first school in Scottsdale that will undergo renovation. The voter-approved bond will also be used for a rebuild of Hohokam Traditional School, which was the second school chosen after Hopi. Other schools will follow, including Pima Elementary, now working on the preliminary design plans for the renovation.
The estimated cost for the Hopi infrastructure project is in the $21 million range. The end of July will see the first signs of construction, with temporary fencing beginning to be erected around the area. Phase One will include clearing the construction site and rerouting irrigation.
A decision was also made in July regarding the final placement of the new Rubicon entrance. To address concerns of homeowners in the area, architects recommended off-setting the entrance from Calle del Medio. However, for safety reasons, the city of Phoenix decided the entrance must line up with the street.
The new building is planned for an 800-student enrollment, although the intention is to cap it at 750. That decision will be up to the Governing Board. The choice of one building for classrooms, instead of the open-air design that Hopi currently has, came down to security for students and energy efficiency. SUSD notes that there will still be courtyard space between the classroom, the administrative and multi-purpose buildings.
The vertical construction will begin in September, and the plan is for the new buildings to be open to students in the spring or summer of 2018.