“Getting here is a testament to the work our building team put in, but we're not here without the leadership from Gilbert Christian, the county, and the Town of Gilbert," said Willmeng CEO James Murphy. "The town went above and beyond to support a hybrid delivery that's creative and one of the main reasons that we're in this beautiful facility today.”
The campus, designed by Phoenix-based firm MRT Design, is a pre-K through 8th grade educational facility. The campus sits on a 10-acre site and has an extensive array of amenities, including a 51,555-square-foot main building, which houses 33 classrooms, with an additional seven classrooms dedicated to special education. The classroom building also contains specialized rooms for music, art, computer learning, as well as two science laboratory classrooms, a conference room, restrooms, a multipurpose room, and offices and workspaces for teachers and staff.
There is an 11,310-square-foot gymnasium and a cafeteria. Exterior spaces include an exterior basketball court, pre-K and kindergarten playground, a football sports field, two outdoor courtyard spaces, a 200-space parking lot, and a dedicated area for support facilities.
“This is the second campus we have built with Willmeng Construction, and each time I come away impressed by the people who work at Willmeng, not only for their knowledge and expertise on how to construct a school of excellence, but also the character of the people we interacted with,” said GCS Superintendent Jim Desmarchais. “I know we had a challenging construction schedule, but once again, Willmeng delivered.”
Brian Hay, Principal at GCS - Val Vista, presided over the ribbon-cutting event, which included two student speakers. The Val Vista Campus joins three other GCS campuses in Gilbert: the original Agritopia campus, the Greenfield campus, and Gilbert Christian High School. Willmeng served as the general contractor on construction of the Greenfield Campus.