A private college preparatory day school. A remote Navajo boarding school. Elegant apartment-style housing for post-graduate students. Renovating an entire school district. We help school districts, colleges and universities overcome the many challenges of building new – or expanding, renovating or replacing – academic buildings. Having refined processes working on more than $4 billion in educational construction projects, we...

  • Sort through the complexities of school construction financing
  • Assess needs to determine priorities and ensure equity
  • Build and maintain public support
  • Develop and maintain realistic budgets, schedules and quality standards
  • Minimize disruption to classes and overall operations during construction

Higher Education Projects

K-12 Education Projects

Building Arizona’s First “Campus Within a Campus”

We have a vast portfolio of postsecondary education work, but one of our most gratifying projects, as hardison/downey/Kitchell, was constructing the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, the first purposely designed four-year live-in college in the state, modeled after similar facilities at Ivy League schools. This “campus within a campus” boasts a seven-building, 563,000 square-foot area consisting of six residential towers: three seven-story, two six-story and one four-story, plus a multi-level (one-, two- and five-story) multi-use building that includes residences, classrooms, offices and space for a student dining facility. The goal in designing and constructing this sustainable-living community was to achieve LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The project exceeded the Silver requirements and was awarded Gold instead — an honor befitting a project for one of the country’s top honors colleges. In keeping with its sustainable-living mission, Barrett Honors College has instituted a forward-thinking recycling program that has also exceeded expectations, achieving a recycling rate of 92.6 percent, or 7,432 tons.