Betty Fairfax High School

  • Client

    • Phoenix Union H.S. District #210
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - This multiple award-winning facility, featured in Architectural Record as one of its exemplary Schools of the 21st Century, embodies a District's vision for a small school learning environment on a large school campus. DLR Group's design respects the District's mission of providing all students with equal opportunities to succeed. Classes and services are clustered in small learning communities (SLCs), which serve as specialty schools with a different core curriculum. Having elective curriculum pieces focused at different schools lends an identity to each SLC and encourages socialization between students. All students use the shared library, performing arts, physical education and food service facilities, which also enhance the interaction among students. These locations provide large spaces for presentations and lectures, small spaces dedicated to group learning, and contemplative spaces to support individual learning and reflection.

Scope Summary - The 345,000 SF high school serves 2,400 students and is flexible to easily change with evolving curricular delivery models. Each SLC consists of learning spaces, administration, counseling and resource and computer labs surrounding a large central, multi-use gathering area. The campus is connected by a meandering path for primary circulation. Student Services, located at the heart of the campus is where visitors enter and students gather at the Library and Cafe. Fresh air, daylight and expansive views are highlights of this project. Energy efficient features include a highly performing building envelope and an efficient central chiller system. Indoor air quality is enhanced by careful selection and use of low VOC emitting, low maintenance, and local/regional materials. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, engineering, and interiors services for this project.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Western Mountain Region
  • Governor's Achievement Award for Innovative School Design, Honorable Mention

    State of Arizona Governor's Office
  • Citation of Excellence

    Learning By Design magazine
  • Award of Merit (unbuilt)

    Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards
  • "Best of" Award

    McGraw Hill Southwest Contractor magazine
  • Top Project

    McGraw Hill Southwest Contractor magazine

Betty Fairfax High School

Phoenix Union H.S. District #210