Scottsdale Unified School District

Scottsdale, Arizona

Completion Date
July 2021

Nestled in South Scottsdale, Hohokam Elementary was constructed in 1959 and designed by renowned architect Ralph Haver. Hohokam was originally designed to accommodate 1800 students in 62 classrooms across eight buildings, organized around a central administration/library core and plaza. The checkerboard staggering of the classroom buildings creates 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 famous single family homes. The red brick is special as it was more expensive than concrete block.

By Fall 2021, the Hohokam community can enjoy an updated elementary campus! The project includes both preservation and renovation of existing educational buildings as well as the demolition and reconstruction of portions of the campus. Hohokam’s outdated cafeteria and administration buildings will be completely demolished and rebuilt to include modern amenities. Other upgrades include new parking and drop off, play field and landscaping improvements!

CHASSE Building Team and our trade partners are working diligently to preserve and salvage the existing classroom buildings that exemplify the famous Haver design. This includes the existing roof line along with the exposed tongue and groove at the underside. The architectural lace block and original red brick will remain for the exterior walls. Six original classroom structures will remain but will be entirely modernized on the inside. The original Haver schoolhouses were designed to suit the low slung style of the neighborhood homes that surround the campus. The intent of the functional renovation is to create modern, collaborative next generation learning environments that support a variety of learning styles while preserving some of the original aesthetics of Mr. Haver. The Hohokam Elementary Rebuild is slated for completion in Summer 2021.