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Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Candeo Schools Complete North Scottsdale Expansion

Adolfson & Peterson (AP), a top national construction management firm and general contractor, and Candeo Schools, a nationally accredited and award-winning charter school network, completed expansion and renovation work on Candeo North Scottsdale located at 7191 Ashler Hills Dr.


Despite the pandemic’s impact on construction projects throughout the Phoenix metro area, AP completed the construction of two buildings, various cosmetic and structural renovations to the existing campus , and upgrades to the school’s outdoor and recreation areas three months ahead of schedule.


“AP has built schools in the Phoenix area for more than thirty years. When the pandemic hit, we collaborated closely with Candeo Schools, SPS+ Architects and local subcontractors to problem solve many of the issues that other projects were experiencing,” said Scott Salyer, Vice President of Operations for AP. “By working together, not only did we stick to the schedule, but we delivered the school three months early. We’re pleased with the outcome and confident the school’s additions and renovations leave it fully equipped to effectively educate and accommodate students in one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Phoenix.”

AP approached the expansion and renovation project in two phases. Phase I included remodeling the school’s existing administration building, painting and sealing the concrete floors, renovating the courtyard, expanding the playground, landscaping the play field and upgrading the parking lot.


Phase II included constructing two buildings. The first 7,902-SF building provides the school with six new classrooms, restrooms, a break room, storage closets and lockers. The second 2,470-SF building offers three additional classrooms, a fire riser room, mechanical room and an electrical closet. Phase II also included the construction of a covered courtyard for students and staff.


“Our work with Adolfson & Peterson has been a smooth and impressive experience,” said Dr. Stephanie Musser, founder and CEO of Candeo Schools. “The care and responsiveness they have shown in meeting our school’s goals has been readily apparent from the start. The result is a customized, beautiful campus tailored to the needs of our community and our education program.”


Candeo Schools opened its North Scottsdale Campus in August 2020, marking its second school in the Valley. Candeo North Scottsdale educates students in grades K-8 through a classical education approach and the nationally recognized core knowledge curriculum to broaden, enrich and enliven the academic experience. Candeo’s other school, Candeo Peoria, opened in 2008 and has performed in the top 1% of schools in the state.


AP has maintained an office in Phoenix for 30 years with a long and accomplished history of providing repeat construction management services for educational institutions throughout the region. AP’s past and current area projects include work for the Academies of Math and Science, BASIS Charter Schools throughout the Valley, Williams Field High School, and the Maricopa Institute of Technology.

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