Groundbreaking at Superstition Mountain Campus

Groundbreaking Held at Central Arizona College Superstition Mountain Campus

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College, Architekton and McCarthy Building Companies came together on Tues., September 26th for a groundbreaking to celebrate the Superstition Mountain Campus expansion that will include a new Allied Health building, Skilled Trades building and renovations to the existing C building on the campus.

Dr. Jackie Elliott, CAC President stated, “Both Architekton and McCarthy have partnered with the college on multiple projects. We appreciate their use of innovative design and construction technologies to help us maximize the budget, minimize delivery time and provide quality learning and working environment spaces for our students, faculty and staff.” She added, “The new state-of-the-art facilities will offer learning spaces that prepare students for the workforce and assist in providing economic growth for the region. The integrated classrooms, simulation centers and labs that will be housed in the new buildings will feature the latest in technology and will provide students with TRUE Learning opportunities.”

Dan Childers, Project Architect with Architekton explained the new 19,000 square foot Allied Health building will be home to programs such as Massage Therapy, Aesthetician, Nursing Assistance, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Radiology and Sonography. The 18,750 square foot Skilled Trades building will provide classrooms, labs, and exterior yards for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Ceramics and Arts programming. The C Building, totaling 10,000 square feet, will undergo a remodel that will enhance more than half of the building, adding a computer lab, VR lab, an expanded E-Sports Lab, faculty and public safety offices. An existing café, student lounge, and student organization space will be left in place.

Amanda Isaacson, McCarthy Building Companies Senior Project Manager indicated the project, totaling $42.6 million, will enhance the college’s opportunities to provide services for students and residents of Apache Junction and Pinal County beginning in March 2024 when renovations will be completed in the C Building. It is projected the new Skilled Trades and Allied Health Buildings will be open for classes beginning in January 2025.


Founded in 1989 by four architects–each with their own area of expertise and professional experience–Architekton has grown to a staff of 38. Architekton is known for award-winning, creative solutions to complex projects—projects that balance functionality with aesthetics, and for the firm’s ability to manage strict budgets and produce high quality architecture. In the 34 years since our founding, the firm has completed projects that have been deemed a success by users and the surrounding communities and have gained critical acclaim through over 175 regional and national citations. 2023 marked the firm’s 5th year of receiving the Goodwin Award from the AIA, celebrating successful collaboration in the design and construction industry. In 2017 Architekton was ranked as one of the Top Companies to Work For by and was recently honored as Top Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with nearly 160 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 19th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2023). With approximately 6,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Austin, Channelview, Dallas, and Houston, Texas; and San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100% employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.