John McCain Elementary named K-12 Education Project of the Year!

CHASSE is so proud to announce that John McCain III Elementary was named the 2021 K-12 Education Project of the Year by AZ Big Media at the RED Awards!

John S. McCain III Elementary School is Buckeye Elementary School District’s 9th school. The school aspires to break the traditional school design formula and become a model for schools of the future. The school is designed to have three learning communities based on age groups K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each learning community has dedicated maker spaces and shared breakout spaces that facilitate individualized learning opportunities. The conceptual design theme of the project (Taking Flight) is derived from the life of its namesake, the late Sen. John McCain, who served as a jet fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier during his time in the Navy and conceptualizes the school as a springboard for its students to take flight in their lives and education, just as an aircraft carrier facilitates the flight of military aircraft.

Check out some photos of the state-of-the-art school below, and continue reading to see what other CHASSE projects were nominated!

Also nominated for RED awards were Hohokam Elementary School, Alameda Warehouse, U-HAUL Conference and Fitness Center and the Pima Community College Transportation Center. We are so proud of how these projects turned out and are excited to share more about them below! 

Arizona State University Alameda Warehouse 

The expansion and partial repurposing of existing Alameda Materials Storage Facility into a centralized mail receiving, sorting, storage and distribution center and surplus material storage and inventory facility. The project included 50,000 SF addition of high-bay tilt warehouse with material storage, new truck docks, breakrooms, restrooms, shower, locker room and janitor space, as well as the remodel of 16,000 SF of existing low-bay space complete with new offices, restrooms, auction and retail space. Full underground retention, addition of outdoor storage facilities and new parking and delivery lot were also completed. This project is on  received LEED Silver Certification!

Hohokam Elementary School

Hohokam Elementary School was constructed in 1959 and designed by renowned architect Ralph Haver.  Organized around a central administration/library core and plaza, the checkerboard staggering of the classroom buildings created more intimate spaces and helps keep grade levels separate. The low sloped roofline, beamed ceilings and clerestory windows are all typical hallmarks of Ralph Haver’s preferred building style, echoing forms using in many of his single family homes. The red brick is special as it was more expensive than concrete block.

The Hohokam Elementary project included the modernization and renovation of existing buildings on campus. Two buildings, the cafeteria and administration, were completely demolished and rebuilt. The updated campus includes increased natural lighting through glass clerestory and a WIFI-enabled outdoor amphitheater and learning space. The campus will also received an entirely new parking and drop off, play field and landscaping improvements!

U-HAUL Conference and Fitness Center

This state-of-the-art conference and fitness center provides needed activity, training and gathering spaces to U-HAUL headquarters and its thousands of employees. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, this 52,000 SF facility includes an indoor gymnasium with a premium wood floor, a high-end presentation video and audio system for large public events, an elevated running track, a fully functional performance training center with free weights, cardio and functional fitness equipment, spin & aerobic classrooms, teaching and meeting spaces, a kitchen and a full health clinic. 

Pima Community College Transportation Center

Partnering with PCC, CHASSE has built one facet of the Applied Technology Center, which will be named the Automotive Technology and Innovation Center, one of the facilities planned in the renovation and expansion. This facility will house programs in automotive technology, diesel technology, and electric vehicle technology. The completed 45,000 SF Automotive Technology and Innovation Center, features an open, high-tech space that allows student and faculty interaction across disciplines and provides flexibility to adapt to future technology needs.