7350 E Speedway Blvd.
Suite 210
Tucson, Arizona 85710

(520) 326-3700


Phil Swaim
Project Principal
Kevin Barber
Project Manager
Laura Vertes
Project Architect

Copper Ridge Elementary School is a 58,000 SF Pre-K to 5 school serving 550 students in the southwestern portion of the Vail School District. The project was designed to accommodate a future 4 classroom, 100 student addition. The school was planned around a central outdoor amphitheater that is used for events and presentations throughout the year. The Library and STEAM classroom building is easily accessed by all students and includes a community meeting room that can be used by students during the day and PTA and other organizations after school hours. Natural daylighting techniques are used throughout the school. Dynamic butterfly roofs at the Admin, Library, and MPR buildings provide visual interest, shade, and highlight the importance of water by directing rainwater into cisterns which feed the surrounding landscape areas. The school and neighborhood association partnered together to create a native landscape demonstration area including a monarch butterfly sanctuary filled with milkweed plants.

  • 58,000 SF
  • $9.5 Million
  • Completed 2016
  • STEAM Program with Art and Science
  • Designed for Future Expansion
  • Outdoor Classroom Area adjacent to Amphitheater

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