Kyrene District Office Complex Improvements
District Office to See First Critical Safety and Security Improvements in 30 Years
The Kyrene Governing Board has approved Phase 1 of a multi-year plan to complete overdue work across the District Office Complex. The improvement plan prioritizes safety, security, compliance,and healthy working environments. These improvements are the first since initial construction more than 30 years ago. There is also an opportunity to make aesthetic improvements and to modernize work areas, so they are optimized for collaboration, productivity, and inspiration.
Health and safety improvements, combined with overdue maintenance and compliance, make up more than 80% of the project’s scope. Priority items include air handling systems, compliance updates (such as restroom accessibility), and security (such as interior doors to manage building access). Additional priorities include roofing, parking lots, and weatherization. The remaining 20% of the project will include technology improvements and other interior items.
School building security was addressed across Kyrene in 2015-16. Conversations about safety and security improvements at the District Office Complex were paused in 2020 due to the pandemic. Only exterior updates were completed. Exterior work completed at the District office complex, completed in 2019, included signage, paint and landscaping.
Former Kyrene Superintendent Ben Furlong, namesake of Kyrene’s Ben Furlong District Office Complex, cuts the ribbon following exterior building improvements.
The District Office Complex improvements will not have any impact to current or future school projects, and no funds will be pulled from schools. The vast majority (93%) of Kyrene bond funds go directly to support school facilities. The improvements will be funded from multiple non-bond sources, including District Additional Assistance.
Work will be completed in phases and will take an estimated three years to complete. Phase 1 work will begin in Spring of 2023 and will include portions of the administration building, which is the primary public access point for the District Office Complex. Other areas of the complex, including remaining areas of the administration building, the Transportation building, and other facilities will be addressed in future phases.